Project Manager, R&D - Mfg Operations

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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The Project Manager, R&D - Mfg Operations will be responsible for providing project management for strategic, functional, and sometimes cross-functional programs and/or projects.  Support delivery by leading teams and following Project Management methodologies developed under the Global Transformation Management Office (GTMO).  Provide project management consistent with JH standards and in partnership with you respective Portfolio Management Office (PMO).  You will be assigned to the Global Operations organization will report directly to the PMO Director in support of various operations and cross-functional strategic and foundational projects. Key adjacent support areas will include Manufacturing, Global Engineering, R&D, Global Procurement and Central Quality.


What You’ll Do: 

  • Manage execution of strategic, complex, functional, and cross-functional projects, exercising organizational, leadership, and management skills to successfully delivery of 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
  • Effectively manage cross-functional team, including external subcontractors and suppliers, to ensure project execution plan is aligned with New Product Introduction (NPI), Front-End Loading (FEL), and Capital Expenditure Request (CER) Gated Process requirements and deliverables.
  • Manage the execution of capital investments through their entire life cycles in areas assigned: including prioritization, scope development, risk assessments, budgeting, engineering/design, procurement, construction execution, commissioning, startup, and project closure documentation. 


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Project Management or similar fields
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management required
  • Project Management Certification (PMP) highly desired
  • Experience working in a matrix organization beneficial
  • Technical understanding of material flow, supply chain, production capacity & performance, KPIs
  • 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
  • Effective leader of cross functional teams; ability to work collaboratively with and through others
  • 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 an average of <50%


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


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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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