New Product Introduction Engineer

Fontana, CA, US, 92337

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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Onsite from the Fontana, CA Research & Development Facility



James Hardie Research

Our Global Research & Product Development (R&PD) teams are focused on market driven innovation to deliver high impact new products that enable future growth.  Our teams provide a continuous pipeline of innovative new products and technologies, while leveraging James Hardie’s core value propositions of durability and low maintenance.  Our role is to act as the technology pipeline for the global organization and ensure long-term performance of our products in current and future markets.  


Primary Purpose

We have an immediate opening for a New Product Introduction Engineer for New Product Innovation.  As member of the North America New Product Innovation (NPI) Group, this role will coordinate day to day activities related to the New Production Innovation Process (Discovery, Concept Feasibility, Development, Implementation, Post-implementation). This includes activities related to, but not limited to, market feedback, product development, process development, production validation, manufacturing scale-up, commercialization testing and regulatory compliance.  This person should have working knowledge of design, function, and specification of large-scale equipment in a high-volume environment.


From product concept to post implementation - the role will manage the activities listed in the project timeline, monitoring the output of all project participants (including co-workers, contract manufacturers and consultants). The successful candidate will plan and implement specified and collaborative projects, particularly new product development projects, and keep them on schedule from start to completion date.  This role will be based in Fontana CA reporting to the Product Development Team. Projects will occur across all US operating plants and therefore require up to 30-40% travel. 


What You’ll Do:



  • Coordinate / manage multiple subprojects within new product development project
  • Develop design requirements and products/attributes to meet desirability for all users in the value chain to drive business success
  • Lead coordination, tracking, and reporting of project schedules within a fast-paced product development environment
  • Responsible for organizing and driving technical activities with partners (R&PD, quality, manufacturing, engineering, commercial) related to the commercialization of new products; from customer interviews to mass production:
    • Support market research activities through timely development of prototypes at various scales (renderings, 3d rapid prototypes, full scale façade walls)
    • Act as the product expert in market research
    • Create the specification to product requirements based on Voice of Customer and Designed for Manufacture
    • Deliver technical solutions that meet above needs; and validate Customer Acceptance & Manufacturing Capability
    • Implement in current & new James Hardie manufacturing processes to enable product launch at scale and cost
  • Cross-functional consultation to provide product leadership amongst technology, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and commercialization professionals
  • Provide critical review of subject matter expert’s recommendations for equipment, process, and general line design as it relates to new products with particular focus around robust design, sustainable quality, and long-term operational cost.
  • Investigates, recommends, and implements new techniques, processes, and tool designs that enable new products.  Provides technical support and expertise during design, install, start-up, and preliminary production runs of new processes
  • Develop CER for pilot capability or new products; provide oversight of implementation schedule working with Central Engineering and subject matter experts to deliver against goals (examples include mechanical system checkout, equipment startup, and turnover to plant).
  • Critically review technical work product (capability studies, DOEs, stack-up tolerance reviews) and provide feedback to the product development team
  • Communicate project status & project risk within global Research & Development, across business functions and across multiple levels in the organization

  • Bring forth new product concepts by distilling market insights stemming from customer interactions and analysis of industry macro trends
  • Identify, prioritize and manage cross-functional initiatives to improve manufacturability & market acceptance of product
  • Coaching of junior team members in both technical and project management principles
  • Safety:

o     Apply 5S philosophy with R&D environments and all JH locations

o     Complete monthly OSHA mandated training

o     Ensure a safe work environment through good housekeeping and equipment operations

o     Promote safety culture by leading and participating in various safety initiatives


What You’ll Bring:  


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to apply in-depth knowledge and solid experience in engineering and/or scientific principles to execute project deliverables

  • Knowledge of market research feedback analysis principles with ability to convert consumer needs into critical to quality requirements (eg. Quality Function Deployment, House of Quality, KJ Analysis, etc)

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles (eg. Kaizen, 6-Sigma, JIT, SMED, Theory of Constraints, etc)

  • Knowledge of technical risk, problem solving & decision-making tools (eg, FMEA, KT-Analysis, KJ Analysis, DOE, etc)

  • Ability to gain and share project insights with peers, leadership and stakeholders

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills with ability to interface effectively with others at all levels of the organization, ranging from senior leaders to manufacturing floor teams

  • Developed a familiarity with and ability to work in CAD drawing software including the ability to view and print drawings and make changes

  • Proficient in communicating using 2D drafting / sketching tools; eg, product assemblies, concept sketching, stack-up tolerances, GD&T

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate and listen effectively at all levels

  • Possess Project Management skills

  • Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Project

  • Self-motivated with high sense of urgency, resourcefulness and adaptability

  • Strong customer orientation

  • Teamwork spirit, continuous improvement and servant leader mind set


Education/Experience (Required)

  • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering discipline such as Mechanical, Product Design, Manufacturing, Industrial, Civil, Chemical, or other technical related fields.

  • This person must have extensive working knowledge of product design, functional specification and new product implementation in a high-volume manufacturing environment. Market-side experience in Product Introduction / Launches is preferable.

  • The ideal person should have 3+ years experience in product development , product design,  and new process implementation in an industrial manufacturing environment.

  • Experience in precision machining, molding, or forming industry preferred.


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


The expected compensation range for this position is between $85K and $105K. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.


Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!



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: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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