Innovation Manager

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Date: Jun 14, 2024

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77043

Company: CEMEX

Company Overview

Founded in 1906, over the last 110+ years' CEMEX has grown into a global building materials company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  Here at CEMEX we offer our employees competitive wages, career growth, excellent benefits including health, dental & vision plans, vacation or paid time off,  employee assistance program and retirement plan options, along with over a century of stability to build your next career on! To learn more about our company culture and why you should join us, visit us at For direct access to CEMEX Career Opportunities, visit us at

Job Summary

Responsible for the execution of the innovation strategy at CEMEX USA. This position will work with CEMEX employees to promote the development of meaningfully unique ideas, to evaluate their economic and technical feasibility, to develop their business cases, to run testing cycles, and to follow up their execution and implementation when ideas become projects. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Coach actual and potential ideators on all stages of the idea development process
  • Work closely with experts from the different areas of the company (innovation committee, subject matter experts, and innovation champions) to define opportunities that require innovation
  • Coordinate extended teams (Innovation Committee and Innovation Champions) to further support ideators
  • Manage Innovation learning experiences including blue and black belt certification programs
  • Lead Innovation sessions and events: Hackathons, Innovation month, and Innovation workshops among others 
  • Implement and lead the plan to create a stronger culture of innovation
  • Propose innovative process, structures, and business models aimed at enhancing the company’s innovation offering.
  • Manage and execute the Innovation annual communication plan
  • Manage internal Innovation Platforms: Idea Submission Portal and Portfolio Management Tool
  • Research innovative practices and proven successful ideas within and outside CEMEX USA to propose local replication plans
  • Define and communicate innovation metrics aimed to improve the company’s innovative performance


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, analytics, or operations research. MBA preferred. 
  • At least 5 years of experience on consulting, planning or finance, business development, analytics, and/or innovation specific roles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven ability to work closely with employees of multiple organizational levels
  • Strong project management, strategic analysis, and planning skills
  • Strong communication and networking skills
  • Good understanding of the building materials industry highly preferred 
  • Expertise on analytics, digitalization, technology, and/or optimization techniques 
  • Able to take a leadership role in coordinating effectively projects execution that require multifunctional team members.
  • Highly proficient in Excel, data visualization tools (such as Power BI), statistical tools (like jump), and optimization tools, to transform data into information to support better decision making around opportunities.   
  • Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines, and manage a heavy workload
  • Some knowledge of agile, automation, design thinking, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence would set candidates apart.

Working Conditions

  • Capability to work extended hours as necessary
  • Ability to work with standard office/computer Equipment
  • Capable of working in an open office environment
  • Travel required with overnight stays (up to 10% per year)

Physical Requirements

Requires walking, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and climbing to a significant degree
Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently   
Job involves sitting most of the time, but also involves walking or standing for brief periods of time 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, in order to communicate to employees/visitors  

Legal Notices

CEMEX is an EEO/AA (equal opportunity/affirmative action) institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or familial status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by under federal, state or local law in the programs or activities which it operates.

CEMEX will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all local, state and federal laws.

CEMEX is an E-Verify participating employer.

Arizona Smoke-Free Act.  CEMEX complies with the State of Arizona’s Smoke-Free Act (Arizona Revised Statutes § 36-601.01). Smoking and/or the use of tobacco or related products is prohibited in and on CEMEX property as well as any building and/or vehicle owned or leased by CEMEX.

CEMEX offers both competitive pay and benefits. Benefits applicable to this position may include, but are not limited to, medical, dental, vision, 401(k), Paid Time Off, and Holiday Pay, as well as a comprehensive wellness program to help keep employees and their families healthy and well. You can learn more about CEMEX Benefits by visiting the CEMEX USA Benefits and Well-Being page. (

EEO Statement - En Español

CEMEX es una institución EEO/AA (igualdad de oportunidad/acción afirmativa) y no discrimina en base al sexo, edad, raza, color, religión, discapacidad física o mental, credo, origen nacional, estatus veterano, orientación sexual, información genética, identidad de género, o expresión de género en los programas o actividades los cuales opera.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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