Product Manager Exteriors

Chicago, IL, US

Company Summary

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 5,000 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 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


Position Summary
As part of the Core Product Management Team, the Product Manager is responsible for the end-to-end performance of the product line, specifically P&L/baseline business management, product strategy, and project management of key initiatives.  This position will have high cross functional interaction and shared accountability with the following teams: Segments, Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Research and Development.

Position Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Key Initiatives – Critical analysis, identification, and business alignment around projects that support a check/adjust to any aspect of the product line
  • Product Roadmap – Leading commercial prioritization for future innovation for the product line
  • Project Management – Leading projects/key initiatives to improve the business

Position Requirements

  • Excellent leadership, project management, collaboration skills, and the ability to drive results
  • Proven 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%


Education/Experience (required)

  • Bachelor’s Degree (from an accredited institution) in Marketing, Business, Sales, Engineering or related field
  • Five or more years of experience in product or brand management, and/or channel marketing in a consumer durable goods or related industry
  • Multi-faceted market research experience to derive market insights
  • Experiencing managing the product, place, price and promotion (4 Ps of marketing)
  • Proven project management experience in a cross-functional environment
  • Business to business plus business to consumer marketing experience (preferred)
  • Experience managing a small team
  • Sales or business development experience (preferred)

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Supply Chain Manager, Marketing Manager, Product Manager, R&D Engineer, Operations, Marketing, Engineering