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Sr Category Manager

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

Now’s your chance to move your career in a new direction – upward!


James Hardie is the #1 brand of siding in America. Globally, we have more than 4,900 employees and generate over $2.5 billion in net sales.  We invented fiber cement, and over 8 million homes later, we continue to set the standard for premium siding and trim.  Of course, to be the best, you have to work with the best.  That’s why we invest in more than just quality products; we also invest in our people.  We take pride in our employees and it’s clear that our employees take pride in working at James Hardie, too.


As a Senior Category Manager at James Hardie, you’ll have ownership of approximately $200MM+ USD of assigned spend and will be responsible for ensuring James Hardie receives the optimal balance of cost, quality, and service for assigned procurement categories. In this role, you’ll make key decisions that will have both immediate and long-term impact.  Your strong analytical and problem-solving skills will help identify and drive innovative solutions for continuous improvement, and your leadership and ability to foster strong relationships will aid in building consensus among stakeholders.


Depending on candidate hired for this role, you may have 2-5 direct reports, and will guide, direct, and develop your team.



  • 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


Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Procurement required
  • Strong analytical, planning and execution skills with ability to manage projects at varying levels of complexity
  • Direct and diplomatic communication skills, and the ability to effectively articulate various perspectives and impacts to business stakeholders. 
  • Effective at establishing trust and building business relationships.  Strong ability to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change.
  • Leadership & management experience preferred


In return, we offer rapid advancement opportunities, an engaged and collaborative work environment, competitive compensation with solid bonus potential, a 401k program that matches dollar-for-dollar up to 6% and a best-in-class total benefits package.  


At James Hardie, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the building products industry in every market in which we operate.  The foundation of this strategy, and our company identity, is an unwavering commitment to safe people, safe places, and safe systems through our Zero Harm initiative.  As a member of James Hardie, you will have significant opportunity to be a key contributor to achieving that goal.




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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