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Regional Category Manager IT & Telecom - Amsterdam

Amsterdam, NH, NL

CRH Corporate

CRH is looking for a well-rounded and experienced Regional Category Manager IT & Telecom. An important component of this role is to be part of the strategy development of procurement in different regions, and to manage a team of Local Category Managers functionally. The total spend responsibility for this category in Europe lies around €200 million. This is an interesting time to board CRH as you can be part of the development of procurement and category management on a strategical, tactical and operational level. As such, we are looking for resilient, entrepreneurial procurement professionals who are able to create and drive excellence.



  • Drive the realization of savings, efficiency, quality, and process improvements. You will have accountability for results at a regional level;
  • Translating category and supplier strategies into executable sourcing plans based on actual portfolio demands;
  • Develop the strategy of procurement related to logistics together with the team;
  • Manage a team of Local Category Managers functionally and mostly remote, as they are working in different countries;
  • Identify, develop and implement efficiency in processes, systems and communication as part of the procurement division;
  • 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;
  • Acting as interface with countries (communications to countries and from the countries will be done through you as a Regional Category Manager);
  • Ensuring cost, availability, innovation, and quality within the sourcing plan creation and execution.



  • Finished Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in any business related study in combination with 8 years of Procurement experience in international setting and 3 years of People Management experience;
  • Recent experience as a Category Manager in IT & Telecom in a large complex multi-country organization;
  • Previous experience in the development of procurement and category management on a strategical, tactical and operational level;
  • 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 objective;
  • Ready for a high degree of international travel required in order to perform the role effectively;
  • Experience as a procurement professional in Logistics Service Providers is a big benefit.


For this role you must be a EU citizen, otherwise your application can not be considered. (due to international travel)


CRH is the leading building materials business in the world, employing  around 90,000 people at 3,700 operating locations in 32 countries. CRH manufactures and supplies a range of integrated building materials, products and innovative solutions which can be found throughout the built environment, from major public infrastructure projects to commercial buildings and residential structures. Each day, millions of people around the world come into contact with our materials and products which help fulfill the basic human need of shelter and the infrastructure we need for our societies to thrive.  

As a multinational and multicultural organization, CRH recognizes that our diverse and talented global workforce is critical to sustaining competitive advantage and long-term success. At CRH we want to challenge all of our employees to reach their full potential and play their part in the success of our business. We place a strong focus on developing and empowering our employees to help ensure  that we have the talent and capabilities we need now and in the future. We also strive to provide an attractive, rewarding  and stimulating modern work environment that will engage and inspire our employees to meet the ever evolving standards and expectations of our customers.


You will be part of the IT & Telecom category team as well as an international team of Regional Category Managers who are primarily located in Amsterdam, Dublin and Atlanta.


We offer an international workplace with a lot of opportunities, freedom and flexibility. As such, self – starters who enjoy working in a challenging environment and who can play a role in shaping our future are encouraged to join CRH. We take care of our employees and therefore offer a generous total rewards package, a diverse and inclusive culture and professional development opportunities. Our benefits include amongst others a holiday allowance, 30 annual holidays, several options for mobility allowance, pension plan, free parking on site at our Amsterdam location, discount on several insurances, discount on private lease and an in-house gym.



Date:  29-Aug-2019

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