Process Engineer

Tacoma, WA, US, 98446

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.


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Onsite from our Tacoma, WA Manufacturing Plant


As a member of the Maintenance Department reporting to the Maintenance Manager, the Process Engineer is responsible for improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process and managing small capital projects. 


What You’ll Do:

  • Understand the waste, speed, and delay design for each product on each machine, then meets or exceeds design by:
    • Developing and implementing plans to reduce yield loss
    • Creating and updating process maps for each machine; i.e. Identifying and removing bottle necks in process;
    • Identifying all delay and developing and implementing plans that close the delay gaps;
    • Driving collaboration between respective departments that ensures all issues are addressed and resolved;
    • Communicating on the production floor with all associated operators to ensure continuous improvement in the manufacturing process; and
    • Networking with other engineers in all plants to freely share best practices.
  • Identifying and reducing hazards related to plant equipment.
  • Develops and manages capital projects: 
    • Identifying improvement opportunities;
    • Organizing teams to help in research efforts;
    • Writing Capital Expenditure Requests (CER); and
    • Coordinating and implementing projects.
    • Participating in quality audits and meetings.
  • Monitoring and addressing safety conditions and behaviors; and
  • Participating in safety audits.

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:  

  • Familiarity with best-practice principles i.e. Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM preferred)
  • Ability to observe and understand existing and new processes, as well as troubleshoot process issues
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in a Manufacturing Environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and drive Cross Functional Teams and External Partners
  • Strong record of developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated use of formal Project Management skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Process Flows
  • Excellent documentation and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated skills with personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software)


Education/Experience Requirements

  • Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Material Science) Preferred. Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • 3+ years of related experience in a heavy manufacturing or industrial setting
  • 2+ years directly leading or managing projects preferred
  • Experience in coating processes, paper manufacturing, composite panel, cement or building products 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


Wage Disclaimers: The expected pay range for this position is between $84,900 and $106,200. 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!


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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: Tacoma

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