• Global Category Manager – Construction Services for CAPEX Projects

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
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  • Overview

    The CAPEX Procurement department provides support to Project teams to procure civil construction (underground networks, foundations, structures, buildings, roads, etc), equipment (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation), all works erection packages (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, refractories, etc) as well as all engineering packages (basic and detailed civil, mechanical, electrical) for all types of CAPEX projects. This includes:

    • To define the contracting strategy and to the global sourcing of equipment and services,
    • To ensure consistency of contract documents, e.g. scope of works, bill of quantities, commercial conditions,
    • To organize competitive bidding to meet project budgetary and time schedule objectives,
    • To lead purchasing process including call for tender (CFT), offer evaluations and alignment, negotiation, finalization and award of contract agreements in connection with Country and PM&E teams with the support of Group/Regional and Country experts,
    • To provide support on contract management, claim and warranties issues on signed contracts.


    • Support the Project teams to establish the best contracting strategy considering global, country and BCC possible contractors’ portfolio assess commercial & feasibility implications.
    • Comply with LafargeHolcim procurement policies and procedures and act within limits of delegated authority.
    • Ensure compliance with LafargeHolcim Code of Conduct in order to protect LafargeHolcim overall interests and alert if necessary.
    • Identify and assess potential commercial risks (country legal regulations, particular Country requirements, visa / work permits constraints, supplier financial health, applicable taxes, possible fiscal optimization, currency hedging, logistics constraints, etc…) which can impact the project and consider it in the definition of project procurement strategy and reflect them in the commercial conditions which will be part of call for tenders.
    • Supervise offers analysis, alignment and shortlist recommendation for final negotiation including construction references and H&S criteria.
    • Negotiate the commercial and legal conditions up to contract signature.   
    • Monitor contractual effectiveness including advance payment, insurance certificates, bank guarantees, letter of credit compliance… up to issuance of relevant Notice to Proceed certificate.
    • Upon request, counsel and assist Project teams during the contract execution.
    • Coach Country purchasing staff on project assigned duties.
    •  With PME Purchasing Implementation engineers:
      • contribute to supplier relationship management, including identification of areas for continuous improvement,
      • monitor and report on effective implementation of progress plan for its assigned supplier/contractor portfolio.


    • University degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, IT. 
    • Advanced degree preferred (e.g. MBA)


    • 10 years in procurement management of construction services for large projects (budget of 20 MCHF and higher), either buying or selling construction services. Extensive practice of construction Law and project/construction background are also required. Sound experience in complex strategic sourcing, procurement processes and standards, or

    • Experienced professional in a position as Industrial Director, Sales & Marketing and Sourcing/Supply Chain;

    • Proven performance in tendering, contracting and contract management for construction projects, with drive and energy to achieve benefits.

    • Experience in different geographies and managing different cultures

    Knowledge & Skills

    Technical / functional skills

    • Advanced business, construction contract law and economics.
    • Advanced technical experience in engineering or heavy construction industry.
    • Extensive implementation and negotiation of both “construction” and “erection” contract categories.
    • Technical, financial and commercial auditing of contractors.
    • International project logistics mastery.
    • Technical credibility to challenge/influence internal stakeholders, and a strong understanding of the construction categories and its cost drivers to challenge both category managers and suppliers.
    • Demonstrated broad understanding of the content, processes and delivery channels in the field of the assigned category, with solid knowledge in the category to challenge and drive change and innovation

    • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships
    • Expert negotiation skills
    • Proven ability to assess potential and risks associated with supplier and market changes, and integrate with category and sourcing strategies
    • Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data
    • Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions

    Behavioural competencies / Leadership and managerial abilities

    • Ability to effectively lead people and manage by influence
    • Results oriented
    • Strong communication skills and ability to influence effectively at all levels
    • Ability to build and contribute to networks
    • Change Management

    Language Requirements

    English required, an additional zone/local language, German or French advantageous

    Travel Requirements

    Ability to travel globally 30-50% of the time


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