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Process Engineer IV - Industrial Water Process

Date: Nov 6, 2020

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary


As a member of the North American Central Engineering Group reporting to the Process Engineering Manager, the Process Engineer will work on projects that will benefit the Company from a durability, quality, new production, efficiency, and/or safety standpoint.  This person must have extensive working knowledge of the treatment of large scale water process issues (resolving chemical interaction issues that arise during manufacturing), raw material storage and processing, troubleshooting of sheeted process systems (such as paper, steel, or gypsum), and optimizing treatment chemicals in a heavy manufacturing environment.


In order to be effective in this role, the person should have 5+ years of experience working in large scale continuous manufacturing site conducting new product trials, cycle time and bottleneck analysis, and process optimization that result in improved throughput, quality, or yield.   This role is based in Fontana, CA, with assigned projects varying across plant locations - 75% travel is required.



Position Responsibilities


  • Troubleshoots process disruptions affecting plant output
  • Conducts process optimization utilizing continuous improvement tools that improves cost, output, yield & quality
  • Investigates, recommends, and implements processes and/or equipment improvements to improve plant costs, quality, efficiency and safety.
  • Incorporates project management duties such as project scope writing, resource management, timelines, reporting progress to business and delivering executed projects
  • Works on cross-functional new product teams consisting of R&D scientists, plant engineers, design and construction engineers, quality, EH&S, vendors, plant floor operators and maintenance technicians
  • Provides technical support and expertise during design, install, start-up, and preliminary production runs of new processes
  • Develops detailed trial plans and coordinating and overseeing in-plant trials;
  • Provides technical training, operating guidelines, procedures, and standard operating procedures to plants relevant to new process and process implementation



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.



Position Requirements


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



  • Demonstrated ability to work with and drive cross-functional groups and external partners.
  • Strong track-record of developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex problems in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated use of project management skills.
  • 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).
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in a manufacturing environment.
  • Familiarity with best-practices principles such as Six Sigma Total Quality Management (TQM) preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of process flows.
  • Ability to observe and understand existing and new processes.
  • Ability to observe and troubleshoot process issues.
  • Excellent documentation and presentation skills.




  • BS Degree in Engineering.  Chemical Engineering preferred
  • 5 or more years of experience process engineering experience in an industrial manufacturing environment (sheeted process systems such as paper, steel, gypsum is preferred).
  • Project Management experience; demonstrated successful execution including design and specification, purchase, installation, and startup of mechanical equipment.

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: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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