Category Sourcing Manager

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $3.8 billion in net sales during our 2023 financial year.  We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty.


What You’ll Do:

The Category Manager has ownership of ~$100 - 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 will report to the Sr. Procurement Manager. 

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.

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.


What You’ll Bring:  

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 their 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.



What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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