Head of Procurement

POSTED ON 12/2/2022 CLOSED ON 12/31/2022
APAC - Central-Central West Region - NWA Hired Organization Address Fayetteville, AR Full Time

Job Posting for Head of Procurement at APAC - Central-Central West Region - NWA

Job ID: 476105


APAC Central Inc., is a CRH company producing and providing crushed aggregate materials, sand, ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and performing as a regional heavy highway/infrastructure construction firm serving Arkansas, Oklahoma, and southern Missouri. APAC-Central, Inc. and its founding companies have been serving our customers since early in the 20th Century and look forward to continued success in the 21st Century!


Position Overview

This position is a key resource in driving reductions in total costs and strategically managing supplier relationships in order to improve the region’s profitability and competitive position. The Head of Operational Procurement is responsible for managing the regional operational procurement team, including developing strategies, establishing a program and managing the overall success of the program. The Head of Operational Procurement will work directly with suppliers, regional procurement personnel, management and other key internal stakeholders to ensure program objectives are achieved. The scope of the position is a spend of $250 Million across all CRH defined categories.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement category strategies - Work extensively with cross-functional teams and key stakeholders in developing and implementing sourcing strategies to address cost, quality and service expectations and deliver innovative products and solutions
  • Employ strategic sourcing processes that drive effective strategy development and supplier selection
  • Capitalize on supplier capabilities and market trends
  • Utilize creative approaches to reduce total cost and develop negotiation strategies with alternative plans
  • Conduct effective supplier negotiations with clear outcomes
  • Formulate roll-out and implementation plans including supplier and employee communication
  • Prepare contingency plans to mitigate risk on supply and cost

Manage category costs - Lead Region on managing and reducing costs for assigned categories

  • Provide cost and market information to support annual budgeting and long term planning
  • Develop and meet cost reduction targets
  • Communicate cost changes with mitigation plans to address upward price movement
  • Analyze total costs including life cycle and demand (volume and product usage) with standardization and substitution opportunities to reduce costs
  • Maintain cost and product / service information in current and future procurement systems and support the utilization of e-procurement technologies

Manage supplier relationships and performance - Establish relationships, processes and initiatives that contribute to the overall development, improvement and delivery of supplier performance

  • Execute contracts and service level agreements
  • Measure internal compliance to commitments
  • Measure supplier performance to service levels and other contractual obligations
  • Develop performance processes to incorporate metrics and establish continuous improvement plans
  • Manage product discontinuations or changes
  • Obtain stakeholder feedback and communicate program progress (including key performance metrics and program benefits) to internal stakeholders.

Identify New Opportunities - Find new opportunities to improve value and performance which deliver demonstrable benefits for the business

  • Evaluate new products or services
  • Reduce the supplier base
  • Optimize existing purchasing practices to leverage spend across other operating divisions


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor of Science or related degree required with 5 years of business, procurement, plant operations / engineering or related experience.
  • Solid Strategic Sourcing / category management skills with a proven record for delivering results.
  • Effective team builder and leader with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team within a highly matrixed environment
  • Knowledge of procurement tools and process management including: strategic sourcing processes; procurement best practices, procedures, and policies; and strategic sourcing and operating metrics.
  • Experience working with databases, data warehouse applications and / or ERP systems. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Experience with formation of cross functional teams
  • Experience in mining, construction or manufacturing would be beneficial

Knowledge / Skill Requirements

  • Demonstrated orientation and commitment to achieving the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to get positive results through influence, persuasion, leadership, presentations, training, and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • High ethical standards
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Proven negotiation results
  • Ability to drive change and sell new concepts and approaches through persistence, self-motivation, energy, tenacity, follow-through, and commitment

Understanding of Sourcing’s impact on financial results


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion


About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


APAC Central Inc., a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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