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Local Category Manager - North East at The Shelly Company in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Country:United States 


Job ID:  161701

About CRH

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.

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Position Overview

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

  • responsibility

  • 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

Key Characteristics

  • 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.

Key Interactions

  • Business stakeholders

  • Specifiers

  • Product Expert/Technical Expert

  • Other Category managers (Country, Regional, Global)

  • Legal & Compliance

  • Finance community

  • Local suppliers

  • Other subject matter experts

Key Inputs

  • Supplier market

  • Market environment

  • Category strategy

  • Procurement guidelines and KPIs

  • Business requirements

  • Country requirements

Key Outputs

  • Local legal and regulatory requirements

  • Country procurement strategy

  • Supplier performance for local vendors

  • Procurement KPIs

  • Savings performance

  • 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

  • Willing to cooperate in international projects

CRH plc, Stonemasons Way, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, County Dublin, Ireland D16 KH51. Email: