Sr. R&D Manager

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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It is the vision of our Global R&PD business to have an inspired team delivering sustainable innovation to fuel Hardie's growth. As part of this team, you will have the opportunity to work alongside industry-leading engineers and scientists, develop and pursue research, work with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and be challenged to think differently about the way you work. Our business is fast-paced, and our people are smart in the way they solve problems, driven in their pursuit of results, and real in the way they build relationships and work together.


The Senior Manager, Joining Systems, will be responsible to lead and manage a high performing team of Scientists, Engineers, and Technologists to develop next generation installation systems in collaboration with insights to innovation, product development and other technology teams from concept development, feasibility study and technology/product development. This role will also be responsible for executing on R&D's technology strategies and technology projects to deliver new product innovation to the market.

Desired expertise and knowledge areas will be in the installation or design of building materials, with an added advantage for previous experience in developing technology roadmaps. This position will report to the Director of Surfaces & Aesthetics and will have a highly visible position in the organization.

What You’ll Do: 

  • To influence, connect and communicate with senior stakeholders with relation to installation and joining methodologies of our current products, to crystalize opportunity areas into actionable projects and technology roadmaps.
  • Lead the comprehensive evaluation of current technology in the field of subtractive manufacturing, (i.e., joining) leveraging your expertise to identify areas for improvement by discerning gaps in technology compared to current state.
  • Foster collaboration between the global R&D team (including other technology teams, product development teams and application engineering), and internal installation experts at JH to assess existing solutions and identify areas that necessitate enhanced technological solutions.
  • Drive the development, acquisition, and implementation of cutting-edge capabilities within the facility, facilitating the execution of key projects on joint design solutions. This includes the development of mathematical models, machining tools, and pilot-scale equipment, emphasizing predictive scale-up for this technology.
  • Establish and lead a team of skilled Scientists and Engineers, to increase capability in machining and joining techniques specific to fiber cement building products. This expertise should be geared towards optimizing the installation of these products.
  • Champion the professional growth of team members, ensuring that they are equipped to take on increased responsibilities within the organization and within the Hardie brand.
  • Thrive in a dynamic and agile work environment, adapting quickly to evolving circumstances and industry trends.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with internal colleagues, customers, external vendors and service providers by:
    • Communicating project progress accurately and timely to Technical and Business leaders.
    • Collaborating with other technical managers on projects to maximize the utilization of the expertise and sharing of resources
  • Develops the processes, tools and techniques to manage the teams to achieve the required outcomes, and to realize organizational and business operational goals by:
    • Ensuring workforce resources are in place and aligned with business needs and organization culture.
    • Managing, coaching, and developing direct reports, comprising of senior technical professionals and other leaders as required and empowering them to exceptional performance.
    • Providing direction and guidance for team leaders within the R&D organization in various committees, work groups and task force teams
    • Resolving team conflicts, listening to different perspectives and ideas, offering expertise, and defining objectives and overall vision.
    • Promoting organizational change and adoption of common business processes; and
    • Building capability of team members to ensure bench strength within the department
  • Creates an awareness of the importance of maximizing operational efficiency within JH Research and other functional groups that work closely with R&D by:
    • Foster an innovative and agile working environment to support cross-functional collaboration
    • Manage the generation of Intellectual Property and Trade secrets in the areas of technology development
  • Foster and maintain a culture of ZeroHarm:
    • Ensure that James Hardie’s operations are in line with Work Health and Safety Requirements at all times.
    • Report any incidents, hazards, near misses or “at-risk” behaviors in a timely fashion
    • Comply with any reasonable request related to health and safety including attending health and safety related training, participating in health and safety initiatives / activities and ensuring that either your acts or omissions do not place any person at risk
    • Providing supervision and training to others to allow them to perform their work safely
    • Responding to any hazard or incident that is raised by another James Hardie team member and provide or seek the support required to allow them to work safely and respond to the identified workplace issue.

What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s in Structural Engineering with a Professional Engineer (PE) license, OR
  • Master’s or Ph.D. in Structural or Mechanical Engineering
  • Knowledge in project management tools (advantageous)
  • Strong practical experience in the installation or design of building materials, with an added advantage for previous experience in developing technology roadmaps.
  • Demonstrated success in technical project management.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, leading, managing, and empowering functional team of technical experts.
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of nurturing employees in their roles and preparing them for future responsibilities, while ensuring they are accountable for their commitments.
  • Display a proven ability to identify and eliminate obstacles hindering team progress, both internally and externally, enabling seamless workflows for all involved parties.
  • Knowledge of various equipment for machining hard materials, including saws, CNCs, DETs, and other relevant tools, ensuring precise and accurate results.
  • Familiarity with the physical construction of homes, including an understanding of foundational processes, building codes, and safety regulations.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for critically questioning results and providing insightful recommendations for continuous improvement and innovative solutions.
  • Exhibit strong project management skills, overseeing tasks from initiation to completion, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.
  • Ability to travel to various work locations (including internationally), as required by the nature of the job and specific project demands.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey research findings through clear presentations and comprehensive reports.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with cross-functional teams globally, effectively coordinating activities to achieve shared goals and objectives.
  • Maintain a results-oriented approach, displaying self-discipline, self-direction, and an unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality work and achieving set targets.
  • Strategic thinking:  able to solve complex problems, identify opportunities and risks, as well as build near-term and long-term road maps.

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 


Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!

Salary + Bonus:  The expected compensation range for this position is between $150,000 to $180,000. 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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