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Category Manager

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James Hardie Inc.

Chicago, IL

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Position Summary


The Category Manager has ownership of ~$200MM+ USD of assigned spend, and is responsible for ensuring James Hardie receives the optimal balance of cost, quality, and service for assigned procurement categories.  This position may have 2-5 direct reports, and will report to the Director of Procurement. 


Position Overview

The Category Manager possesses strong decision-making ability to address day-to-day operational challenges and address deviation from results with defined action plans and collaboration. Decision making initiative is expected to be independent in a high accountability team environment.  The Category Manager is required to make key decisions that will have both immediate and long-term impact.  Innovative solutions are required to identify continuous improvement opportunities.  Additionally, a high degree of interaction with a diverse range of stakeholders is required to ensure continuous alignment.

The Category Manager has excellent leadership qualities along with the ability to guide, direct, and develop direct reports effectively and fairly to comply with the Company's mission and values.  The Category Manager develops and provides leadership and coaching to ensure continued development of people.

Position Responsibilities:

*Lead and facilitate the strategic sourcing process for assigned categories: market and industry analysis, supplier identification and research, category and supplier segmentation, conducting sourcing events, analysis, negotiation, contracting and implementation *Ensure uninterrupted supply to James Hardie manufacturing facilities through development and implementation of supply continuity plans  *Identify and monitor cost drivers and pricing trends, communicating to the organization and taking action as appropriate *Achieve cost savings targets through project identification and execution *Operate cross-functionally to ensure organizational alignment for sourcing strategies and projects *Achieve in-depth understanding of assigned categories: key technical attributes, manufacturing process, product where-used *Compliance to James Hardie procurement policy and procedures

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Position Requirements


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:


*Bachelor's degree required *Minimum of 6 years' experience in Procurement *High results-orientation *Strong communication skills *Ability to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change. *Strong analytical, planning and execution skills. *Can be direct as well as diplomatic. *Ability to multitask and manage projects at varying levels of complexity *Can effectively articulate various perspectives and impacts to business stakeholders. *Can work through tough agreements and settle disputes effectively. *Anticipates and adjusts for problems and obstacles. *Effective at establishing trust and building business relationships while operating with respect.  *Organizational Agility - ability to complete projects through formal and informal channels. *Priority Setting - Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's most important.  Eliminates roadblocks and creates focus. *Strong understanding of Excel *Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player. *Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results. *Leadership & management experience preferred



James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

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James Hardie Inc.
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Our operations encompass the United States, Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie® Building Products are also now available in Asia, with a manufacturing plant in the Philippines; in Europe, our operations are headquartered in Amsterdam. In every country in which we operate, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in products, manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling. Innovation is vital to maintaining our pre-eminent position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, we invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products and backerboard. Corporate Information James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) was created in October 2012, after shareholders voted to accept a unanimous recommendation by the board of James Hardie Industries SE to restructure the company and establish a new parent company (JHIplc) incorporated in Ireland. The new structure is designed to position the company for further international growth, and generate higher returns for shareholders than were possible under the previous structure. James Hardie Industries plc now heads the James Hardie group of companies, with operations around the world. The predecessor of these modern companies was established more than 100 years ago, in 1888, when the enterprising young James Hardie left his family´s tannery business in Scotland and immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in search of new opportunities. Capitalizing on his experience, James started a business, importing oils and animal hide tanning products. The second major figure in the company´s history, Andrew Reid, was born on January 24, 1867, near Linlithgow in Scotland. He knew James Hardie and maintained contact from Glasgow, where he worked as a shipping clerk. Encouraged by prospects in Australia, Andrew arrived in Melbourne in March 1892 and soon after joined James Hardie´s business, becoming a full partner in 1895. Andrew Reid was outgoing, energetic and visionary, and his talents combined well with Hardie´s sound commercial judgement. James Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the business to Andrew Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired. A publicly-owned company, James Hardie Industries Ltd, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1951. In the following years, the company built up a diverse portfolio of building and industrial products businesses. In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength. Using the technical and manufacturing expertise it developed in Australia, James Hardie Inc. expanded its operations to become a world-leading, specialized, high-technology manufacturer of a wide range of fiber-cement building materials.

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