Process Engineer

Waxahachie, TX, US, 75165

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 Waxahachie Texas Manufacturing Plant


As a member of the Production Department reporting to the Department 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: (70%) 

• Developing and implementing plans that reduces scrap, improves paint yield, and improves laminate yield; 

• 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 Process engineers in all plants to freely share best practices. 


Routinely verifies conformance of material being produced to meet or exceed the quality standard by: (10%) 

• Monitoring lab results; and 

• Participating in quality audits and meetings. 


Actively leads and supports the plant safety program by: (10%) 

• Identifying and reducing hazards related to plant equipment; 

• Monitoring and addressing safety conditions and behaviors; and 

• Participating in safety audits. 


Develops and manages capital projects by: (10%) 

• Identifying improvement opportunities; 

• Organizing teams to help in research efforts; 

• Writing Capital Expenditure Requests (CER); and 

• Coordinating and implementing projects. 


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. 


Quantitative Dimensions  

Decision Making: The Process Engineer uses professional experience and accepted best practices to design and implement process improvements. 

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities: The incumbent may be responsible for leading various teams associated to improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process. 

Scope of Position: The Process Engineer, working closely with the Department Manager, Maintenance Manager, Mechanical and Electrical Technicians, and Machine Operators, evaluates operations effectiveness and efficiency. Assesses effectiveness of process improvements and determines additional opportunities regarding waste, speed, and delay. 


What You’ll Bring:  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  


• Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgment and successful stress tolerance. 

• Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results. 

• Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals. 

• Demonstrated intermediate skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software). 

• Demonstrated ability to think ahead and plan over a 30-day time span and prepare action plans to achieve results. 

• Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of quality, productivity and cost. 

• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail. 

• Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player. 




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (mechanical, chemical, industrial, paper science) must be from an accredited institution
  • 3 years of experience minimum within a high speed manufacturing environment
  • Proven analytics skills; collecting, processing, and analyzing data to extract valuable insights and support decision-making processes
  • Experience in fiber cement, building materials, or related industry preferred
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing principles and methodologies preferred



• Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences. 

• Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive. 

• Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals. 

• Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization. 

• Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application. 

• Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures 

• Gaining Commitment: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved. 

• Information Monitoring: Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it. 

• Managing Conflict: Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people. 


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!

*Not accepting 3rd party agency submissions



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: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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