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Task Force Leader - Dublin - Ireland

Dublin, D, IE


Country: Ireland 
City: Dublin
Req ID: 337593 

About CRH


CRH is the leading global diversified building materials business in the world, employing more than 70,000 people at 3,100 locations worldwide. We manufacture and supply a diverse range of superior building materials and products, used extensively in the built environment, in infrastructure, housing and commercial construction projects, of all sizes, all across the world. 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.


CRH is recognized as an industry leader in producing high-quality cement, adopting sustainable practices and reducing the environmental impact of the cement production process. 
GTS has successful, ongoing initiatives focused on Performance improvement, Quality improvement and the environment. 
Task Forces Structure / Position Overview
Task forces are set up in 6 geographical clusters/regions. In each cluster, there are five task forces covering the following topics:
1.    Energy
2.    Kiln Economy
3.    Alternative Fuels & Alternative Raw Materials
4.    Maintenance  
5.    Quality 


Task forces are typically chaired by a plant manager and the members are drawn from production managers, process managers, maintenance managers, engineering managers or senior engineers from other plants in the group. GTS provides a Task Force Leader to guide each regional group covering each topic area.


The role of the Task Force Leader is to support each region in attaining best practice operations. The leader will assist the task force chairmen to coordinate the operation of the task forces and to ensure transmission of learnings across the regions. This involves attending cluster task force meetings to ensure that roadmaps are focused on key performance topics and to provide technical assistance, where required, using internal or external resources. The leader also chairs a global gathering of the specific cluster task force chairmen to ensure learnings across CRH. 

The Task Force leader will: 

  • Support the delivery of optimal plant performance to achieve quality clinker and cement to meet customer expectations
  • Ensure that CRH production facilities are aware of world class developments in the sector and are well placed to implement such developments effectively 
  • To challenge the businesses, particularly in terms of developing roadmaps targets, benchmarking performance, etc.


For the successful candidate the role offers a unique development opportunity to:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Group’s global cement operations
  • Build a network of peer contacts across the group, and
  • Work with and develop contacts with outside experts for the cement manufacturing

Reporting to GTS Process Director or GTS Engineering Manager, depending on task force
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
The main areas of responsibility will include:

  • Lead the CRH Task Force group to achieve:
  • World class performance levels in all cement plants
  • Promote and facilitate knowledge transfer among the Task Force community in CRH
  • Implementation of CRH’s policies 
  • Attend Task Force meetings and liaise with cluster chairman to provide expert assistance 
  • Advise, support and challenge the plant teams
  • Participate in CRHs Technical Management Team initiatives (what is the TMT?)
  • Assist cluster task force in attaining best practice
  • Develop expert support solutions
  • Implement measurement systems for best practice
  • Report on road map development and management


Key Stakeholders

  • CRH GTS Process Director / Engineering Manager
  • CRH Cement Plant Managers
  • CRH Cement Plant Production / Engineering / Quality Managers

Leadership competencies

  • Ability to build and manage a diffuse team
  • Ability to deal effectively with in-house and external “customers”
  • Autonomy in driving performance and challenging the operation
  • Well developed Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates managerial courage, providing open and honest feedback in a constructive mannerDemonstrates ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Ability to strictly manage processes and deadlines
  •  Is politically astute
  • Ability to engage and influence multiple internal and external stakeholders on a global level and build relationships
  • High level of drive and resilience
  • Highly motivated with initiative to encourage and develop process and engineering improvement
  • Well organised, detail orientated, and results driven


Key functional competencies

  • Ideally an Engineering or Chemistry degree with at least 10 years’ experience in the cement industry
  • Expert knowledge of cement 
  • Clarity on best practice in the cement /concrete industry
  • Detailed understanding of cement and concrete production processes, raw materials, equipment and cement/concrete products
  • Awareness  and understanding of current and future challenges to the cement sector
  • Experience in advising senior management
  • Experience of managing operational teams
  • Experience working in different cultures will be an advantage





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. 



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.


Date:  30-Nov-2021

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