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Local Category Manager - Maintenance & Production Services - Various Locations

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Cement Division Corporate



Job ID:  155337

CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group, employing over 85,000 people at more than 3,600 locations in 32 countries.  Imagine a company capable of providing the modern building materials needed to build our homes, schools, communities, even the bridges and highways to get you there. We are CRH Americas, North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and the second largest globally. 


Position Summary


The LCM is a member of the Group Maintenance and Production Services category team and is a key interface between the category team and relevant business(s).  The LCM is accountable for  implementing all category related decisions products and services on a local level. In addition the LCM acts as a lead buyer for local organisations/businesses who do not have a dedicated LCM in place. The LCM Ensures that local business requirements are considered in the category strategy and is responsible for providing regular category communication/updates to the relevant business(s) and key stakeholders


Category Scope: Fixed Equipment Maintenance Services, Plant specific services, safety and environmental services, Production Services (refractory services, silo cleaning, etc.); Maintenance Third Party Services (general contractors, mechanical, electrical, etc.); Quarry services (blasting, stripping, crushing).


Key Responsibilities


  • Representative and lead buyer for own and other (local) organisations 
  • Main contact person for the business in the local organisation 
  • Acts as escalation for claims not solved locally
  • Ensure the category strategy is executed locally
  • Execute the RFx and tactical process including negotiation for smaller or single-country categories
  • Coordinates all category activities within defined area of responsibility during bid and project execution phase
  • Is accountable for development, execution, and maintenance of procurement strategy and Project Procurement Plans in alignment with business stakeholders as well as market and global procurement strategies
  • Accountable for relevant category KPI Performance Management and process adherence within own area of responsibility
  • Ensures execution of S2P process (from screening to onboarding and lifecycle management) for local suppliers
  • Maintains strategic relationships with key category suppliers as agreed with RCM and GCM 
  • Analyses supply market, anticipates changes, and drives associated procurement activities
  • Evaluates contracts and suppliers in order to facilitate final supplier base decisions with relevant stakeholders
  • Ensures products and services are purchased in the most cost- and time-efficient manner, implements and ensures purchasing best practices
  • Coordinates category and supplier strategy implementation in scope of responsibility

Key Competencies


  • Analytical skills                                    
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Problem solving skills                          
  • Contract Management
  • Entrepreneurial mindset                      
  • Cost analysis and management
  • Good leadership capabilities                
  • Financial and business understanding
  • Stakeholder Management                    
  • Negotiation skills
  • Excellent country knowledge                
  • Networking skills

Education and Experience


  • Educated to a degree in Business or Technical
  • 5 or more years of Procurement experience   
  • Experience in managing a local category in a  multi country organisation    
  • Fluent written and verbal English is a must, other languages are considered a plus
  • Willing to cooperate in international projects


What CRH Americas Offers You


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


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! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  Sep 6, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

Job Segment: Maintenance, Electrical, Manager, Procurement, Supply, Manufacturing, Engineering, Management, Operations