Project Engineer Team Lead - Installation Innovation

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.


Our Global Research & Development (R&D) 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.



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Onsite from the Fontana, CA Research & Development Facility


As a Project Engineer Team Lead - Installation Innovation, you will coordinate day to day activities related to product and installation process innovation working projects through the Hardie Innovation Phase-Gate System from Scoping to Deployment. This includes activities related to, but not limited to, market feedback, product development, process development, working with vendors, field validation, field (jobsite) scale-up, commercialization testing and regulatory compliance.  From scoping to deployment, you will manage workstreams, execute key tasks listed in the project timelines and monitor the output of all key deliverables. You will plan and implement specified and collaborative projects, particularly new product development projects, and keep them on schedule from start to completion date. 


What You’ll Do:

  • Coordinate and develop workstreams for projects, delegate work amongst team members to ensure delivery of project tasks and key project milestones.
  • Drive cross functional alignment, ensure that regular meetings and updates are held for projects, including all relevant stakeholders.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external vendors and service providers
  • Communicate Team progress accurately to Technical and Business leaders
  • Through customer ethnography drive installation (and channel) pain points into the PD team
  • Capture the voice of the installer and then work to design systems, support, and accessories based on the learning
  • Capture market trends in systems, functions, and building science – use this to feed new product design and system design
  • Drive development of Installation Instructions, Best Practice Manuals, and Technical Briefs
  • Drive development of training content to support Train the trainer, internal Segment Installation Training
  • Partner with Technical Sales Team to assist with sales tools development, create and publish Installation videos and animations
  • Partner with Technical Sales Group to perform product demonstrations as needed to support test selling
  • Develop and manage projects to study and understand product installation costs
  • Use lean manufacturing principles and methodologies for job site process improvement
  • Use data analysis to identify areas for improvement and measure the impact of lean practices on the installation process.
  • Leverage technology, software, and tools to enhance lean practices and data collection.
  • Develop tools and accessories based on installer needs and install process optimization needs
  • Optimize existing products and systems integrating new technologies
  • Act as the subject matter expert for product installation - support sales and customers (engineers, architects, builders, GCs, installers)
  • Work as our business representative within targeted industry Trade Associations


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.


What You’ll Bring: 

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles (e.g., Identification of Waste, A3 Reports, Kaizen, Standardized Work, Continuous Flow, Just in Time, SMED, etc.)
  • Knowledge of technical risk, problem solving & decision-making tools (e.g., FMEA, KT-Analysis, DOE, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the building products industry supply chain, wall construction, and building science fundamentals
  • Strong project management and communication skills with the ability to interface with others (architects, engineers, contractors, product installers)
  • Engineering degree in relevant field (Civil, Mechanical, Industrial, Mechatronics, Architectural, or Building Science)
  • The ideal person should have 8+ years experience working in construction, product development, product application, process design, or manufacturing
  • Experience with Six Sigma or Toyota Production System (TPS) is a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 50% across North America


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 $98K and $120K. 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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