Senior Manager Circular Economy - Dublin/Amsterdam/Atlanta

Dublin, D, IE


Country: Ireland 
City: Dublin
Req ID: 483961


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 is the leading provider of building materials solutions that build, connect and improve our world. Employing c.75,800 people at c.3,160 locations in 29 countries, CRH has market leadership positions in both North America and in Europe.


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.


Learn more about us through the following Link.


Position Overview

CRH is looking for a Senior Manager Circular Economy. Sustainability is the business opportunity for CRH to really accelerate and activate the OneCRH approach, realize its full potential, and reinvent the way our world is built.


This role, Senior Manager Circular Economy, will lead CRH´s corporate approach on Circular Economy, will create a global strategy to develop and implement a circular economy framework, including vision, goals, targets and KPIs. They will lead the implementation of relevant programmes to ensure the business meets the needs of investors, ESG rating agencies, associations commitments & other stakeholders.


To accomplish this, the role will support the business with expert knowledge on regulations and standards which will help accelerate the portfolio evolution required to realize CRH´s sustainability targets. They will represent the business and influences external initiatives and associations on Circular Economy, keeping the business informed of developments & good practices.


Key Tasks and Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

  • Establish clear circularity strategies and targets positioning CRH as the industry leader in circular economy and waste management.
  • Support the development of the overall circular economy roadmap for CRH to achieve relevant sustainability targets and external commitments. This includes an overall governance model for circularity, recycling and waste for CRH.
  • Coordinate and align circular economy roadmap to achieve the targets and accelerate targets, if needed.
  • Develop “strategic scenarios” and simulations to provoke future thinking as input into risk and business planning processes, including stress test to assess on emerging trends.
  • Align circular economy targets with business strategy as part of CRH portfolio review and value creation through circular business.
  • Linked with this, lead the definition of group strategy for “waste to value” supporting business to create value around waste use.
  • Establish partnerships with other industries to achieve circular economy goals.
  • Lead external engagement of CRH for circular economy.
  • Suggest matter expertise and best practice sharing in circular economy.
  • Focused communication internal & externally about circular economy. Create the narrative around circular economy supporting the sustainability reporting team.
  • Identify and promote actions to achieve the necessary changes in regulations to promote the use of recycling materials across the construction value chain.
  • Provide education and training via internal leaders and with external support.
  • Align public policy and industrial positioning about circular economy.
  • Embed innovation and venturing as enablers to deliver CRH´s circular economy ambition. Be part of the decision of projects aligned with the topic.


  • Projects and responsibilities will be varied and continue to evolve over time as new business needs emerge.


Key Near Terms Deliverables

Circular Economy – Framework and Strategy

  • Develop a deep dive analysis of CRH current position on waste management and circular economy with external support.
  • Develop at company level circular economy framework including vision, targets, KPIs and governance model in collaboration with the business. Consolidate this framework with current initiatives on decarbonization, in collaboration with Senior Program Manager Decarbonisation.
  • Start aligning circular economy targets with business strategy as part of value creation initiatives: “waste to value” approach.
  • Initiative an evaluation of potential strategic partners to implement circular economy framework along the value chain.
  • Create a community of practice to implement the developed circular economy framework.
  • Develop a list of key external organizations to prepare external engagement strategy for circular economy.
  • Connect products with recycling attributes with others, like low carbon content, to build and commercialize new sustainable solutions, in collaboration with VP Sustainable Construction.
  • Support innovation and venturing defining and delivering projects to reach circular economy targets.


Circular Economy – Business Support

  • Support the business with guidelines and tools to create the circular economy roadmap and to identify business opportunities, based on Divisional team requests.
  • Establish systems to report CRH performance on circular economy including new standards, metrics and reporting mandates.


Circular Economy – Education & Communication

  • Assess education needs and design tools and material to support training activities in the business with respect to circular economy, with external support, if needed.
  • Create a OneCRH community to promote sharing of best practice in circular economy.
  • Serve as focal point to design the external communication at global level about circular economy.


Individual Competencies

You are able to:

  • Drive Results - Consistently achieving objectives, even under tough circumstances, pushing self and others to accomplish goals
  • 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
  • Be Resilient - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Collaborate - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives


Key Functional Competencies

You possess the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to clearly communicate and influence complex issues to a wide audience.
  • Ability to influence and experience establishing and setting targets, milestones, and broader plans.
  • Ability to support the business to achieve targets.
  • Ability to build effective relationships to collaborate across the business and drive engagement on circular economy.
  • Proven ability to lead, influence decision making and deliver projects and outcomes.
  • Ability to engage external stakeholders credibly in an evolving business area and across a matrix organization.
  • Intellectually curious; focused on continual experimentation, learning, and opportunity identification.
  • Strong written and oral communications to be credible with executive level audience. Good level of both verbal and written English.
  • Strong analytical and creativity skills with the ability to identify issues quickly and find the most effective solutions


Experience / Education

You are/have:

  • Educated to a degree level, other advanced degree preferred (e.g. Engineering, Business, Environmental Science, Sustainability etc.).
  • +15 years of professional experience in the sustainability, environmental or waste strategy or associated roles, ideally large scale and/or industrial organizations.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of circular economy context for an industrial organization.
  • Experience in managing global programs in a large complex multi country organization.
  • Relationship with industrial organizations, government and non-government linked with circular economy, at global level.

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 apply for this great opportunity.


Is this role not for you, but do you know someone who is a perfect fit? Please let us know:

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:  19 Sep 2023

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