Sales Development Associate

Chicago, IL, US

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.


About the Position:

This is a fast paced, aggressive, entry-level program that is designed to challenge you at all times. In this development program, you will have ALcountless opportunities to manage real-world sales scenarios and implement your ideas while being mentored by other successful James Hardie team members.


This job is for you if:

  • You are relationship driven and value “out of the box” thinking
  • You are assertive
  • You are a problem solver
  • You are a self-starter


2-Year Development Program Structure:


First year: Rotational training

You will travel to different markets throughout each of our six major divisions across North America and will receive hands-on sales training through the entire sales process in addition to development of key professional skills

Projects: select and complete strategic projects identified by markets using the skills acquired during your first year


Second year:

After successful completion of your first year, you will be promoted and assigned to a Regional Account Manager in one of our available territories across North America pending business need and preference (South Central, Southeast, Midsouth, Carolinas, Pacific Northwest, Mountains, Southwest, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, North-Atlantic or Canada)


Our Commitment to You:

  • From day one, we pair you with a sales mentor who will support and challenge you throughout the program utilizing frequent check-ins 
  • You will attend quarterly training weeks with your fellow program peers, mentors, and key program leaders at our corporate headquarters in Chicago, IL and across multiple manufacturing facilities
  • You will receive hands-on Rep shadow training from the individuals who sell and install our product day in and day out
  • You will lead key projects that have a direct impact on the success of the commercial organization
  • Along with a competitive salary, we’ll offer you a comprehensive package that includes a range of market-relevant benefits and programs

Education/Expectations Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sales, Marketing, Business, Communications/PR, Finance or any relative field
  • Able to relocate to territories across North America
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated work ethic through past co-op or internship, preferred



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

Job Segment: Entry Level Sales, Intern, Sales, Entry Level