Process Engineer (Project 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 our Fontana, California office  OR ANY Manufacturing Facility in the USA


James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $3.8 billion in net sales during our 2023 financial year.  We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty.


What You’ll Do:

As a member of the Engineering Technology Group, and part of the Global Engineering & Construction Group, this Process Engineer will provide the execution of process and product engineering projects from conceptualization through detail design engineering, while also providing technical support on installation, commissioning, and initial operations for new and existing technologies as business needs necessitate.  The candidate must also possess solid engineering fundamentals to establish engineering standards, standard work procedures, performance monitoring systems, continuous improvement, and technical service support to the business. In addition to standard professional knowledge, the candidate will be expected to learn and understand various manufacturing processes within the business and utilizes this knowledge to interact with R&D, Engineering Design, Construction, Manufacturing, and various other groups to implement new solutions and processes.


Position Responsibilities

You will lead a wide range of projects driving innovative solution that will include new product launches, platform improvements, and manufacturing process upgrades by applying standard practices for equipment design, equipment fabrication, installation, and operations with focus on driving performance and reliability.   


You will incorporate Project Management skills to fulfill duties such as project scope writing, resource management, timelines, and reporting progress to management, as well as delivering executed projects.  You will also provide technical support and expertise during design, install, start-up, and preliminary production runs of new processes, as well as, incorporating best practices into Global Engineering Standards and practices.


What You’ll Do:

  • Develop monitoring system(s) to enable continual assessment on specific equipment to ensure operating at expected performance. 
  • Create an auditable maintenance program to achieve reliable operations while meeting target service life.
  • Manage technical content between James Hardie and equipment vendors on design, fabrication, installation, and issues resolution.
  • Manage ideation, feasibility assessment and technical risk assessment for process equipment innovation opportunities. 
  • Communicate with plant personnel to promote new equipment implementation, discuss concepts of new technologies, safety requirements, and process requirements.
  • Provide technical support and expertise during design, fabrication, and installation.
  • Lead execution of new design qualification testing program; including, coordinating detailed trial plans, with plant personnel, to verify manufacturing readiness.
  • Provide operating guidelines and procedures, technical training, and oversight during start-ups to observe, troubleshoot, and document any process or scale-up issues.
  • Using a goal-oriented leadership style to lead teams to project success focusing on the key areas of Company strength and weakness and addressing both to accomplish projects personally or overseeing the work required to deliver the project results.
  • Position requires up to 50% travel.


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Decision Making

Your decision-making skills will allow you to be able to make critical, on the spot process related decisions with limited data.  You will be able to consult peers, process experts, and team members on decisions affecting the overall project while keeping in mind the needs of the plant, cost, timeline, and logistics. 

  • Your observations, opinions, and decisions carry significant weight in the outcome or direction of a developing process and as a result you must be thorough, making careful observations, and consider your decisions and opinions carefully. 
  • Many projects stem from highly confidential development work, which requires discretion and the ability to communicate projects in a generic, yet comprehensive manner.


What You’ll Bring:    

  • BS Degree in Mechanical, Structural, or Chemical Engineering Technology
  • 8+ years of experience in a heavy industrial manufacturing environment within process engineering, equipment design, manufacturing, or technical services.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key packaging process equipment design and operations, and ISTA package testing techniques (preferred).
  • Knowledge of Fiber Gypsum or paper making process (plus).
  • Knowledge of mechanical equipment, machine design standards and specifications, and machine safety design, including ANSI, and ASTM.
  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements and machine standards.
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures in continuous manufacturing environment with experience; including Design of Experiment (DoE), to troubleshoot and optimize mechanical equipment performance.
  • A verifiable record of developing and implementing practical and innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate activities to lead cross-functional groups and external partners.
  • Demonstrated use of effective and inclusive Project Management skills
  • Demonstrated skills with personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).
  • Familiarity with best-practices principles such as Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent documentation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 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
  • And more


Salary + Bonus:  The expected pay range for this position is between $96,800 and $123,100. 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.





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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