IP Innovations Analyst

Fontana, CA, US




Now’s your chance to move your career in a new direction – upward!

Consider this, James Hardie is the #1 brand of fiber cement siding in America. Globally, we have more than 4,900 employees and generate over $2.5 billion in net sales.  We invented fiber cement, and over 8 million homes later, we continue to set the standard for premium fiber cement siding and accessories.  Of course, to be the best, you have to work with the best.  That’s why we invest in more than just quality products; we also invest in our people.  We take pride in our employees and are committed to providing an excellent working environment that provides equal opportunity to all.  It’ is clear that our employees take pride in working at James Hardie, too.



A key pillar in James Hardies’ commercial strategy is technology and innovation.  Our business stays ahead of our competitors by investing in research and innovation. Intellectual Property Rights, including protection of James Hardie technological breakthroughs and developments as a consequence of cutting edge research and innovation are fundamental to the continued commercial success of James Hardie.   

James Hardie is now seeking an IP Innovation Analyst to join our global team as part of our continued commitment to innovation.  The successful candidate will be the pivotal force between the company’s IP and R&D departments.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a candidate with a strong technical background and an equally strong analytical background.  The successful candidate will preferable also have patent analysis experience.  The successful candidate will be working within an international IP team.

Amongst other elements, responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Collecting, screening and analyzing relevant data to extract industry trends to enable informed decisions by senior stakeholders on the appropriate IP strategy in line with the business strategy;
  • Ability to analyse and apply critical thinking to highly technical documents in order to identify information of relevance to the business and communicate this back to the business in a succinct, simple and clear manner.
  • Build technology landscapes and platforms comprising JH and/or third-party technologies to identify, gather and understand technology landscapes and third party portfolios;
  • Developing search strategies to support diverse investigations to identify, gather and understand third parties’ patent publications and other scientific publications, as part of the technology platforms IP landscapes and of targeted portfolio analysis;
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team to review third parties’ technology developments to identify novel aspects of their inventions and overarching strategy and how that relates to industry advances;
  • Focusing on patent strategies, filing strategy and the mapping of the products in the market place to support the creation of robust innovation, product and technology roadmaps;
  • Building a comprehensive understanding of the industry trends, to develop heatmaps and identify threats and opportunities and communicating this information to management;
  • Maintaining and continuously improving R&D awareness of industry trends.

The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:

  • A University Degree (BSc/MS/PhD) in Chemistry/ Mat Science/Engineering/Physics; Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • Ability to understand key business strategies and the link to the resulting IP strategy and able of executing strategic planning and effectively implement them;
  • Proficiency in the use of search package tools such as: PatBase; Orbit Intelligence/Innovation; Pat Snap and/or similar;
  • Be comfortable in dealing effectively with large data sets;
  • Be comfortable liaising with different stakeholders, at different level in the organization, to easily communicate highly complex matters to stimulate discussion and follow up on the necessary actions;
  • Excellent demonstrable leadership, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills which are applicable across a global setting;
  • Fluency in English, with proficiency in one or more other languages desirable


  • Sound knowledge of the foundations of Patent Law, comprising filing and prosecution, with very good understanding of claim construction and interpretation rules;
  • Proficiency in use of international public patent registers such as EPO, USPTO, WIPO and others to extract bibliographic and patent prosecution information, and be conversant with the IP/legal language used therein;


In return, we offer rapid advancement opportunities, an engaged and collaborative work environment, competitive compensation with solid bonus potential, a 401k program that matches dollar-for-dollar up to 6% and a best-in-class total benefits package.  

At James Hardie, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the building products industry in every market in which we operate.  The foundation of this strategy, which is also part of our company identity, is an unwavering commitment to safe people, safe places, and safe systems through our Zero Harm initiative.  As a member of James Hardie, you will have significant opportunity to be a key contributor to achieving that goal.

It’s Possible with James Hardie

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Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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