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Category Manager

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




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.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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