Product & Segment 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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As part of the Product Management Team, the Product and Segment Manager is responsible for the end-to-end performance of the Hardie® Primed Product line (Hardieplank®, Hardiepanel®, Hardieshingle®) and Cemboard product line, which broadly manages the P&L/baseline business management, product strategy/innovation, and portfolio management.  This position will have high cross functional interaction and shared accountability with Segments, Sales, MFG, Supply Chain, and R&D.

What You’ll Do:
Product Management:

Fulfilling the below responsibilities for a large business

  • Baseline product stewardship– P&L, Sales, Service, Capacity, Brand Promise, Quality, Competitors
  • Product Strategy – Ensuring we have the right products and the right value for our customer, end-user, and consumer segments to drive profitable growth
  • Portfolio Management – Critical analysis, identification, and business alignment around projects that support a check/adjust to any aspect of the product line
  • Retail Management – Ensure our retailers are aligned and capable of selling our products
  • Product Roadmap – Leading commercial prioritization for future innovation to drive profitable growth
  • Project Management – Leading projects/key initiatives to improve the business

What You’ll Bring: 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (required):

  • Excellent leadership, project management, collaboration skills, and the ability to drive results
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple projects in a fast paced, change oriented environment, yet flexible enough to adapt to changes
  • Ability to analyze business, market trends and partner feedback to better refine product offerings and drive business growth
  • Strong bias for results and ability to work independently as well as interact effectively across functions and at all levels
  • Demonstrated history developing and maintaining strong relationships with potential partners across industry
  • Strong understanding of industrial manufacturing value chain, supply chain and manufacturing environment
  • Ability to achieve alignment and buy in for strategies and plans to drive achievement of goals
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully understand profit and loss techniques and skills to develop and evaluate business goals and strategies, analyze information to derive insights and implications to initiate planning and/or re-planning, and controlling actual results versus budget
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion
  • Superior interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and proprietary software)
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 30%


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Sales, Engineering, or related field, MBA preferred
  • 7-10 years managing a sizable (>$250M) product line
  • B2B distribution experience in the builder materials industry
  • Mass retail experience preferable with DIY home improvement chains a plus
  • Demonstrated P&L leadership in a matrix environment as well as a capability to develop, influence, and deliver strategic and tactical results while balancing priorities in a fast past environment
  • Strong understanding of consumer and tradesman marketing principles including value proposition development, feature/benefit analysis and translation of insights to winning concepts
  • Strong understanding of product development principles, stage gate process and business development
  • Proven analytical abilities and strong problem-solving skills
  • Proven project management experience in a cross-functional environment
  • Strong communication and demonstrated abilities to network across different business units



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!



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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