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Category Manager - Energy, Various locations across Northeast

West Hartford, CT, US, 06107

Northeast Division Corporate



Job ID: 337199


CRH's Americas Materials, a division of CRH, is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, cement, asphalt, ready mixed concrete and paving and construction services in North America. Our operations span North America with 24,100 employees at close to 1,300 locations in 44 US States and 6 Canadian provinces.



Position Overview:


Ensure that CRH sources clearly specified products and services in the Energy category at the best possible TCO, and that CRH fulfills its contractual obligations and other commitments towards its suppliers. The Local Category Manager - Americas participates in all relevant commercial discussions with suppliers related to specific products (within own geography) including electricity, natural gas, diesel, recycled fuel oil, propane, alternative fuels, other energy technologies and related services.  The category manager also owns and drives regular business review meetings with suppliers; drives multiple source qualifications and provides price provisioning on product level during budgeting / business case phase. The Local Category Manager will provide utility management for the business units within own geography and manage energy efficiency analysis and improvement efforts within the energy category. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing assigned category in Region (Americas) through participation in cross-functional and cross-regional team
  • Translating category and supplier strategies into executable sourcing plans and strategies based on actual portfolio demands and business needs
  • Ensuring cost, availability, innovation, and quality within the sourcing plan creation and execution while driving for savings and improved efficiencies.
  • Executing regional supplier selection in line with strategy, requirements, supplier base development, and identification of new suppliers
  • Ensuring efficient RFx process from selection through onboarding according to the agreed strategies
  • Leading price negotiations, contract, and life cycle management with suppliers
  • Ensuring compliance with procurement process, SOX and other statutory requirements within own category
  • Ensuring compliance to supplier portfolio within own category/region
  • Liaising with Group/Regional Category Managers to address changes based on supply market dynamics
  • Managing supplier performance accountability for agreed KPIs (internal and external) and their reporting
  • Developing and managing relationship with key suppliers in the category
  • Manage utility services, rates, billing, and overall customer related efficiency programs.  This would include;
    • Acting as liaison between the Company and utilities on all billing/tariff related issues
    • Assist in the negotiation of utility services and commodity contracts with third party suppliers
    • Conducting or coordinating efficiency assessments or audits with plant personnel and management to identify plant process improvements in the area of energy efficiency
    • Negotiating incentives with utility rebate programs on all applicable efficiency projects
    • Responsible for completion of requests for capital to implement utility improvement initiatives


Desired Education and Experience:

  • Degree in Business or Technical field, a Bachelor’s Degree would be preferred.
  • 6 or more years of Procurement experience.
  • Recent Regional/Category management experience in a large complex multi-country organization


Knowledge/Skill Requirements:

  • Negotiation & contracting skills
  • Cost analysis skills
  • Financial and Business acumen
  • Decision making/strategic thinking
  • Project management skills
  • Collaborating in cross a regional/functional team
  • Source to pay process, supplier quality, product lifecycle management
  • Excellent market information analysis skills and supply market knowledge


Desired Competencies:

  • Well-rounded and experienced procurement professional with sound business acumen
  • Data and people driven leader and decision maker
  • Ability to lead and drive the execution of the regional category management agenda
  • Dedicated and engaged partner who strongly engages with both the business and the Global Procurement organization to enhance collaboration and obtaining the regional procurement objectives
  • Willing to travel internationally or cooperate in international projects


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Able to communicate with others by telephone and in person
  • Able to utilize a computer for word processing, email communication, and preparation of documents and presentations.
  • May require sitting for extended periods of time


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

  • Usually, normal office working conditions. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
  • The position will require heavy travel – up to 50%
  • The position may require work outside of normal business hours

What CRH Americas Offers You


  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


CRH's Americas Materials is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  Dec 27, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Hartford

Job Segment: Manager, Supply, Procurement, Project Manager, PLM, Management, Operations, Technology