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Category Manager- AMAT North- Canada and US locations

West Hartford, CT, US, 06107

North Division Corporate




Job ID:  152625


CRH's Americas Materials, a division of CRH, is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, cement, asphalt, readymixed 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

Reporting to the Strategic Sourcing Director, Category Manager will be responsible to drive and be accountable for category performance and initiatives in the CRH AMAT North Division. 


Position Responsibilities 

  • Perform strategic sourcing of categories (internal data analysis, cost analysis, supplier and market analysis); develop / identify new or alternative sources of supply to improve financial performance at the company level
  • Drive, develop and execute negotiation strategy with suppliers and negotiate complex agreements that involve significant coordination with large cross functional teams
  • Execute contracts that optimize benefits to the operating company and implement those contracts within business units
  • Manage the inbound supply chain of the categories and supplier performance on a structured basis
  • Develop and implement categories strategies in line with budget needs for concrete, construction and aggregates manufacturing operations; work with cross-functional teams composed of manufacturing, finance and others as required
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external markets and other consumers to understand trends and develop opportunities, including influencing public policy through industry groups.
  • Interfaces with all levels of company and division management to drive engagement and adoption of relevant procurement processes and/or programs at company level
  • Participate / support regional strategic sourcing teams
  • Provide regular reports & updates to team members & stakeholders as required
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements (Experience, Technical Expertise)

  • Minimum 5 years in strategic procurement role (category management, sourcing) with exposure to complex strategic sourcing and optimal procurement processes and standards
  • Demonstrated performance in working within cross-functional teams, with requisite drive and energy to ensure that a challenging benefits and capability building agenda is successfully delivered
  • Computer and analytical skills are essential SAP(preferred) , Ariba (preferred), Microsoft office
  • Bilingual (English and French) oral preferred



  • University Degree in Business, Economics, Engineering or any relevant field of expertise or equivalent experience


Position Dimensions (i.e., communication skills, planning, teamwork, technical knowledge, leadership, initiative)

  • Manages Execution – Ensure that work is completed to achieve goals efficiently, effectively and according to Group standards
  • Highly effective time management, planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and drive tasks to completion in a fixed time-frame and in a pressured environment
  • Cultivates Relationships and Networks – Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with others in a friendly and respectful manner across multiple functions, countries, regions and cultures
  • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships
  • Establishes Trust and Confidence – Show consistency between words and actions, follow through on commitments; accept responsibility for one’s own performance, not undermining others, but acting fairly, truthfully and consistently with CRH policies
  • Analysis and Problem-Solving – Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data
  • Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions
  • Customer Focus – Explore and understand customers’ requirements to ensure a high level of responsive service
  • Drives Change and Innovation – Support the implementation of new ideas with an open mind and curiosity, removing barriers and obstacles to change
  • Communication - Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions
  • Expert negotiation skills
  • Ability to assess potential and risks associated with supplier and market changes, and integrate with category and sourcing strategies


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:  Oct 7, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Hartford

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