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Director, HR

Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie





Company Summary


James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology, and has maintained its innovative and entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. It invented fiber cement siding products as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 8 million homes in North America and with global sales of over $2.6 billion (US), we continue to grow our global market in building products through our technology and manufacturing processes.


Job Summary


The HR Business Partner for Global Corporate Staff Groups will be responsible to oversee HR business partnering and lead a small team to deliver other elements of Human Resources support for our corporate staff employees within the Finance, Information Technology and Legal groups. Some of this support will be directly provided by this role and direct reports while other elements will be provided in partnership with the local HR resources in the markets in which members of the corporate teams physically reside.


Specifically, this role will provide HR business partnering to the Chief Financial Officer, VP Information Technology and the Chief Legal Officer. The role is responsible to oversee a small team of HR professionals, providing support to a global total client group of approximately 350 employees. Many are located in the Chicago, IL office and the Mission Viejo, CA office as well as regional offices in Sydney, Australia, Dusseldorf, Germany and Dublin, Ireland. There are also members of the Finance team at our manufacturing locations.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide HR business partnering and consultative support to senior leaders within the assigned customer groups.
  • Lead a team of 3 HR professionals, providing HR service delivery and core HR process support to corporate staff groups, partnering with one the ground/in market resources for local support, ensuring HR service levels and program support meet or exceed the needs of the organization.
  • Act as a steward for Talent Management within own team and customer group – teaching, role modeling and driving talent work that will enable enhanced organizational effectiveness.
  • Act as a member of the Global Human Resource Leadership Team – actively participating in the team to make key functional strategic decisions and deliver transformation project work to drive continuous improvement into our service and program offerings.
  • Work with direct reports and broader team to establish HR standard work and visual management, incorporating LEAN into HR service delivery and using analytics as a basis for decision making
  • Support and potentially lead transformation project work, as requested for both the HR function and client group (i.e., customer - organization design and talent acquisition / deployment, internal customer support and enablement, etc. / function - systems implementation, HRIS implementation, workforce planning initiatives and broad learning & development initiatives, etc.).  Provide change management and communication leadership / support as appropriate.
  • Manage budgets, headcount and other standard requirements of a leadership role in within

     James Hardie Building Products.    


Scope of Position

Under the direction of the Chief Human Resources officer, this role will manage all Human Resources programs, service delivery and special projects within customer groups. Part of this responsibility includes identifying risks and recommending solutions to ensure we proactively manage both the needs of corporate staff customer group, the HR function and the organization as a whole. Projects and day to day work are moderate to complex in nature with medium to significant impact to the global business. Programs have

moderate risk to the business unit. Decisions are typically limited by functional area or business/division objectives/guidelines.



Desired Education & Experience





Education Level



Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business, Labor, Human Resources or related discipline required.

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in an assortment of Human Resources / business roles with expanded responsibility over time, including HR business partnering with senior leaders
  • Demonstrated capability, leading remotely located teams in key HR categories of work that are impactful to organizational performance.
  • Experience working on a global level – either gained in a formal global role or through accumulation of experience in multiple regions
  • Significant demonstrated experience in organization design, talent management, change management and communication as a HR business partner, supporting client groups in change/transformation initiatives.
  • Proficiency in Employee Relations investigative programs and analytics


Master’s Degree in

related field and associated certifications

  • Project management experience – leading transformational HR initiatives



Desired Skills

  • Has a demonstrated record of successfully leading HR geographically dispersed teams and client groups.
  • Advanced knowledge of and work experience in global roles with US employment law and regulations at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting talent management activities for client groups, has strong talent assessment capability and ability to make meaningful recommendations on placement and development needs, enhancing client’s ability to execute both strategic initiatives and daily operations.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting client groups through periods of change and organizational transformation.
  • Ability to apply effective problem-solving techniques and methodologies to address moderately complex problems related to managing a commercialization project.
  • Ability to create solutions for moderately complex problems, which requires ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication, change management, problem solving, presentation, relationship and organizational insight skills.



· Detail oriented, with solid organizational skills.

· Aptitude to analyze results and make recommendations.

  • Strong business acumen with the ability understand business and project objectives and their impact on the broader business.

· Propensity to identify issues proactively, making decisions with incomplete information, driving action

  • Demonstrates ability to understand priorities, determine the critical path, develop contingency plans.

· Ability to motivate and influence others effectively without authority, to do what needs to be done, encourage project teams against headwinds and still deliver results.

· Demonstrated ability to listen, to clearly articulate objectives so that they are understood, and to provide both recognition and critical feedback.

· Demonstrates positive influence, is open-minded and passionate about HR work and impact on business.

· Ability to travel an average of 25%.








This job description provides general information about the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. Nothing in this job descriptions restricts management’s right to modify these duties and responsibilities at any time. This job description does not constitute a contract of employment or modify your status as an at-will employee.


James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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