Sr. Lean Process Engineer

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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Reporting to the North American Director of HMOS Processes, Documentation and Training, the Sr. Lean Process Engineer will be responsible for creating, standardizing, and improving core Lean processes that accelerate the maturity and depth of the use of our Lean Management system (HMOS). The position will use formal change management principles to address the needs of operators and managers across all regions (APAC, EU, NA). This position requires travel to the manufacturing sites (up to 25%).


What You’ll Do: 

  • Follow a formal process of change management to create, document, and standardize lean processes.
  • Coordinate with all three regions (APAC, EU, NA) to ensure we have a global alignment in our lean processes.
  • Collaborate with the regional Lean CI and Execution teams in improving lean processes.
  • Assist in the creation of training for lean processes.
  • Support the automation of the workflows associated to lean processes.
  • Assist in the creation of a knowledge management platform for best practices in manufacturing.
  • Support the Engineering Development Program
  • Provide leadership through influence.
  • Focuses on Voice of Customer, Voice of Business, personal accountability, and an unyielding commitment to results.
  • Foster a diverse workplace that enables all participants to contribute to their full potential in pursuit of organizational objectives.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering, operations management, or related discipline required.  Degree must be from an accredited university
  • 5-8 years of experience in lean manufacturing (preferably in a continuous production environment).
  • Experience in leading process improvement projects in manufacturing.
  • Change management experience (managing conficts)
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers and vendors.
  • Strong leadership, and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.
  • Ability to travel an average of 25%.


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 


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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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