CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group, employing 87,000 people at 3,800 operating locations in 31 countries. With a market capitalisation of c.€27 billion, CRH is the largest building materials company in North America and the second largest worldwide. The Group has leadership positions in Europe as well as established strategic positions in the emerging economic regions of Asia and South America. CRH is committed to improving the built environment through the delivery of superior materials and products for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure, housing and commercial projects. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is listed in London and Dublin and is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 and ISEQ 20 indices. CRH’s American Depositary Shares are listed on the NYSE.
This position is a key resource in driving reductions in total costs and strategically managing supplier relationships in order to improve CRH’s profitability and competitive position. The Local Category Manager is responsible for managing spend categories and is accountable for implementing all category related decisions regarding products and services on a local level. As a member of the global category team, this role will utilize the category management process to develop strategies, execute tenders, establish effective supply programs and manage the overall success of the programs. The role ensures that local business requirements are considered in the category strategy. The Local Category Manager will work directly with suppliers, CRH procurement personnel, specifiers, subject matter experts, management and other key internal stakeholders to ensure program objectives are achieved.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Representative and lead category manager for own and other (local) organizations
Primary category contact person for the business in the local organization
Acts as escalation for claims not solved locally
Ensure the category strategy is executed locally
Execute the RFX and tactical process including negotiation for smaller or single-country categories
Coordinates all category activities within a country during bid and project execution phase
Is accountable for development, execution, and maintenance of country procurement strategy and Project Procurement Plans
in alignment with country stakeholders as well as market and global procurement strategies
Accountable for procurement KPI Performance Management and process adherence in the country, within own area of
Ensures execution of S2P process (from screening to onboarding and lifecycle management) for local suppliers
Maintains strategic relationships with key country suppliers
Analyses supply market, anticipates changes, and drives associated procurement activities
Evaluates contracts and suppliers to facilitate final supplier base decisions with relevant stakeholders
Ensures products and services are purchased in the most cost- and time-efficient manner, implements and ensures
purchasing best practices
Coordinates category and supplier strategy implementation in the country
Well-rounded and experienced Procurement professional with sound business acumen.
Data and people driven person and decision maker.
Ability to lead and drive the execution of the local / regional category management agenda.
A dedicated and engaged partner who strongly engages with both the business and the regional procurement organization to
enhance collaboration and obtaining the local procurement objectives.
Product Expert/Technical Expert
Other Category managers (Country, Regional, Global)
Legal & Compliance
Other subject matter experts
Procurement guidelines and KPIs
Local legal and regulatory requirements
Country procurement strategy
Supplier performance for local vendors
Supplier Relationship management
Educated with a Technical or Business Degree
5+ years of Procurement experience
Experience in managing a local category in a multi-country organization
Experience negotiating contracts (either as a vendor or customer) is highly preferred
Fluent written and verbal English is a must, other languages are considered a plus