Project Manager, Finance

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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Hybrid from our downtown Chicago, Illinois office or Mission Viejo, California office


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 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $3.8 billion in net sales during our 2023 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.



The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for providing project management for functional, and cross-functional programs and/or projects.  The PM will support the execution of projects by leading teams and following project management methodologies and standards developed under the Global Transformation Management Office (GTMO) and in partnership with PMOs (Portfolio Managers) and other stakeholders.


The Project Manager assigned to the Finance organization will report directly to the Global Finance PMO and will support the execution of various strategic & and foundational projects that could span all areas of the business


What You’ll Do:

  • Manage execution of complex strategic and foundational projects, exercising organizational, leadership, and management skills to successfully deliver projects
  • Lead and facilitate functional and sometimes cross-functional teams in defining project goals, deliverables, milestones, resources, budget, and schedule
  • Provide timely and accurate communications to stakeholders, including overall status, health, and business benefits tracking for projects
  • Provide leadership, planning, tracking, benchmarking, and reporting to effectively manage projects
  • Manage oversight of project-level financial management, including managing to the achievement of the business case
  • Lead project teams in implementing and applying standard processes for risk management, issue management, quality assurance, and project communications
  • Anticipate resourcing needs and develop/modify plans accordingly to achieve desired results
  • Facilitate and contribute to the continuous improvement of a standard PM methodology including, but not limited to, project execution, approval, and reporting based on standard PMI practices adopted by the GTMO
  • Apply structured Change Management methods to projects and lead change management activities, including stakeholder assessment, communication, training/ coaching, and resistance management
  • Facilitate and contribute to the continuous improvement of a standard Change Management methodology, consisting of an Organizational Change Management toolkit with processes, techniques, and templates
  • Mentor and train business team members to build consistent project management and change management practices across the function


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Project Management or similar fields (must be from an accredited institution)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management required
  • Project Management Certification (PMP) highly desired
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization beneficial
  • Proven experience in managing financial projects, with a strong understanding of financial principles and best practices; experience working on projects involving reporting, controls, and compliance is beneficial
  • End-to-end process mindset focused on streamlining workflows, implementing systematic improvements, and ensuring integration and efficiency across all stages to enhance overall performance across complex processes
  • Effective leader of cross-functional teams (including outside of Finance); ability to work collaboratively with and through others
  • Strong knowledge of project lifecycle and industry-leading program and project management practices and methodologies
  • Demonstrated project management planning/ execution skills with a record of leading large projects to obtain tangible business results
  • Demonstrated business knowledge and excellence in building relationships with internal and external teams
  • Ability to drive project management standards across the organization by helping functional teams understand, see, and utilize its benefits
  • Ability to influence, inform, and collaborate with all levels of leadership
  • Task and resource management experience
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to articulate messages to a variety of audiences
  • Strong interpersonal/collaboration skills
  • Critical Thinking and ability to navigate multiple priorities 
  • Ability to travel occasionally, up to 10%
  • Minimum of 3 days office presence per week for Chicago, IL location 


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!


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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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