VP Innovation - International

Amsterdam, NH, NL


Country: Netherlands 
City: Amsterdam
Req ID: 498021


About CRH

We are CRH, and we are committed to contributing to a more resilient and sustainable built environment. We understand the wider impact our businesses can make in supporting human activity. We continue to do this through the delivery of unique, superior building materials and products for use in road and critical utility infrastructure, commercial building projects and outdoor living solutions.


CRH (NYSE: CRH, LSE: CRH) is the leading provider of building materials solutions that build, connect and improve our world. Employing c.78,500 people at c.3,390 operating locations in 29 countries, CRH has market leadership positions in both North America and Europe. As the essential partner for transportation and critical utility infrastructure projects, complex non-residential construction and outdoor living solutions, CRH’s unique offering of materials, products and value-added services helps to deliver a more resilient and sustainable built environment. The company is ranked among sector leaders by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating agencies. A Fortune 500 company, CRH’s shares are listed on the NYSE and LSE.


Without you noticing our products, we are everywhere you live, work, and relax.


Our project portfolio includes some of the most sustainable and cutting-edge building projects around the world. Think of the asphalt on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, the Paris Metro Rail project, but also the Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, parts of the Burj Khalifa, and the Kennedy Space Centre.


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Position Overview
This role can be based out of any European country, where CRH has an established entity.

The Vice President Innovation oversees and implements changes in approaches, methods, products, and processes to enhance competitiveness and improve organizational efficiencies. She/he identifies, strategize, develops, and drive transformative initiatives and champion the role of innovation by aligning overall business strategy with innovative thinking.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
In this role, you will:

  • Cultivate a vision, culture and process that capitalizes on current and future market momentum within the International Division and supports our OpCo’s with ideation, design and development of their innovation pipeline and launch of new products and solutions.
  • Both leverage the (addressable) market data, technology & market trends and customer insights as also dive deep at OpCo level how to translate this into growth opportunities for the resp. OpCo.
  • As a member of the International Leadership Team and a strategic partner to the President International and the OpCo MD’s/ Leadership teams the Vice-President define, embody, and empower the International Innovation’s pipeline and culture, with oversight of our product/solutions, design, technology and market data.
  • Scale, motivate high-output teams, and cultivate a creative and passionate Innovation mindset and culture.
  • Be a hands-on leader who is able to lead by example. The Vice President of Innovation will lead the way strengthening our culture, teams and processes to harness our trusted relationships with our customers and bring new solutions to market.
  • Be creative and tenacious in solution development and growing our International Division innovation pipeline.

Individual Competencies
You are able to:

  • Drive Results - Consistently achieving objectives, even under tough circumstances, pushing self and others to accomplish goals
  • Have Courage - Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.
  • Cultivate Innovation - Creating new and better ways for the organisation to be successful
  • Have a Strategic Mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies
  • Attract and Develop Talent - Attracting, selecting, and developing talent to meet the organisation’s goals and needs
  • Be Resilient - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Collaborate - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Make Quality Decisions - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organisation moving forward
  • Drive Vision and Purpose - Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action

Key Functional Competencies
You possess the following:

  • Organizational Leadership: together with the President International, International LT and the OpCo Leadership Teams, create a comprehensive long-term innovation strategy for the International Division and lead the International innovation strategy that fulfills our mission of the number one player in building products and solutions with a winning portfolio delivering at least 20% EBITDA and double digit growth year on year.
  • Developing, strategizing, and planning new interventions that will drive innovation as also reporting on and adapting innovative interventions within the International Division, as required.
  • Meeting with key stakeholders at different levels to identify areas of innovation and growth, as also advizing management on yearly, medium-term, long-term, and future innovation goals, presenting new ideas and approaches to high-level stakeholders.
  • Identify technology and market trends and lead International Division’s efforts to understand the market (potential), tap market opportunity that generates high margin growth opportunities for our OpCo’s and create standard work for Product & solutions strategy and execution
  • Develop and lead the execution of the International Division Innovation and product/solutions strategy. Run an efficient and inclusive process at International Division and OpCo level for defining and updating the Opco product & Solutions strategy and co-shape the OpCo innovation pipeline and product & solutions development and go-to-market implementation.
  • Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, standard work, processes and delivery across International Division’s OpCo’s.

Experience / Education
You are/have:

  • University Degree in Engineering (Mech. or Electrical) or in a related discipline, MBA preferred.
  • You have 10+ years of experience leading innovation/technology strategy and implementations.
  • Significant experience with technology-driven innovation programs, thought leadership, and strategic communications
  • Exceptional visionary, marketing and communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and compellingly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a portfolio of writing experience on emerging technologies and trends.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Self-motivated with a track record of delivering success while operating within a fast-paced team environment.
  • Fluency in English is imperative for this position.
  • Executive presence

Other (Key) Dimensions

Key stakeholders:

  • Business stakeholders
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Finance community
  • Other subject matter experts

What CRH Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion

  • Highly competitive salary package

  • Comprehensive secondary benefits

  • Significant contribution to your pension plan

  • Health and wellness programs, including an on-site gym and fitness classes

  • Excellent opportunities to develop and progress with a global organization

Connect your future to CRH

We are curious to learn more about you. At CRH, we believe our mutual differences contribute to the healthy, productive, and enjoyable workspace we create. Please introduce yourself and send us your application.


Is this role not for you, but do you know someone who would love to join the team? Please let us know!


CRH finds it important that vacancies are shared to individuals that may find them interesting and/or could be suitable for the role


Please contact our recruitment team at careers@crh.com.


CRH is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.


Benefits/perks listed above may vary depending on the nature of the employment with CRH and the country where you work.


Please note that we cannot accept any applications submitted through email for GDPR purposes. Candidates must apply through our job portal.


We do not accept candidate introductions for this position from recruitment agencies, unless you have been instructed to do so by our recruitment team.


Date:  2 Jul 2024

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