Director of Innovation - Remote

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Americas Cement Corporate



Job ID:  495476


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides Portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. We stand together to reinvent the way our world is built. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


At Ash Grove Cement, people are our first priority. We offer a complete benefits package and opportunities for your continued growth and development!




The Director of Innovation drives innovation at all levels, supporting our strategies and long-term goals of meeting our Sustainability targets.


What you'll be contributing:


  • Supports, challenges, and aligns sustainable innovation initiatives to strengthen our leadership position and competitive advantages (focusing on zero-carbon, circular economy and resilient materials)
  • Develop and assists with the execution of the strategy around carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) for the cement platform.
  • Anticipates market needs and develops new building and infrastructure products and solutions optimized for zero-carbon emissions in the building lifecycle.
  • Accelerates time to market by creating synergies within CRH and structure the innovation process.
  • Captures innovation value by taking care of IP ownership, data management, and know-how retention.
  • Disseminate innovation results and monitor execution.
  • Scans continuously relevant fields for technological and innovation developments.
  • Propose Capital Venture opportunities, cross-industry partnerships, etc.
  • Work closely with CRH departments and leverage AMAT and Group Innovation resources and initiatives.
  • Develops effective reporting and presentation tools to enable the AG senior management team to continuously assess the developments, identify opportunities, and collaborate with the MTS and GTS groups.
  • Advises senior management on product innovation.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with start-ups and technology and innovation suppliers.
  • Works closely with the innovation team, GTS, ICSC team, and OpCos
  • Support the cement platform for developing effective, innovative strategies.
  • Informs the management team of competitor activity in the innovation space.
  • Represents the company on technical associations and advisory innovation committees.


To succeed in this position you will need:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Scientific degree required
  • Minimum 10 years’ of experience in heavy industry and innovation
  • A strong understanding of cement decarbonization
  • Ability to recognize and assess innovative solutions
  • Ability to deal effectively with in-house and external “customers”
  • Autonomy in driving innovation and challenging the status quo
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Ability to engage and influence multiple internal and external stakeholders on a local and global level.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Ability to understand and navigate the political dimensions of multi-stakeholder environments
  • High level of drive and resilience
  • Highly motivated with initiative to encourage and develop innovative processes
  • Well organized, detail orientated, and results driven
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skill set
  • Strong organizational and negotiation skills
  • Sound knowledge of products and services



What’s next for you? 


We provide stability and advancement opportunities across North America. Use our tuition reimbursement program to help you meet your career goals. 


The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive. The physical demands, working environment, and other conditions of employment listed in this document are representative of but are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of the requirements for positions in this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A diverse and inclusive culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Date:  May 31, 2024

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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