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RD Engineer

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie



RD Engineer

Fontana, CA


Consider this.  James Hardie is the #1 brand of siding in America. Globally, we have more than 4,900 employees and generate over $2.5 billion in net sales.  We invented fiber cement, and over 8 million homes later, we continue to set the standard for premium siding and trim.  Of course, to be the best, you have to work with the best.  That’s why we invest in more than just quality products; we also invest in our people.  We take pride in our employees and it’s clear that our employees take pride in working at James Hardie, too.


Primary Purpose

The Research Engineer will be primarily responsible for developing new technologies to enable the scale up of new JH designs compatible with internal manufacturing capabilities, including but not limited to methods of physical characterization of the product, methods scale-able to a manufacturing setting and simple mathematical (FEA) modeling of the mechanical behavior of 3D shapes.  The successful candidate will be a hands-on scientist or engineer who has a depth of technical curiosity and a penchant for learning new things and with a strong bias for urgency and quality.



Core Function:

Utilizes scientific and/or engineering skills to generate new characterization technologies and designs for products, creating new looks based on consumer feedback and needs, while maintaining performance standards.

  • Participate and/or lead consumer and customer facing market studies to determine winning looks for selected markets
  • Use Design of Experiment (DoE) to evaluate and scale-up winning design concepts
  • Lead external investigations to determine characterization tools necessary for new concepts and ensure their scalability for manufacturing environments
  • Optimize, modify or create the operational paths for existing equipment for compatibility with new product designs
  • Participate and/or lead the prototyping processes to enable fast and frequent feedback from the market and from consumers
  • Participate in pilot and factory trials for new products
  • Participate in global cross functional teamwork to deliver project goals


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in object-oriented programming, preferably utilizing C-Sharp and/or Python
  • Proven project management skills – smaller projects / self-management
  • In depth knowledge of Photoshop or similar a plus
  • Forming processes – in particular, familiarity with various processes used to make products from materials
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work effectively in an ever-changing environment that requires one to adapt to unexpected, urgent situations outside one's knowledge base and to problem-solve quickly under pressure


Education/Experience (Required):

  • Advanced degree (preferably Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering, preferably with an undergraduate in Industrial or Graphic Design, Materials Science/Ceramics, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, preferably in product design 


In return, we offer rapid advancement opportunities, an engaged and collaborative work environment, competitive compensation with solid bonus potential, a 401k program that matches dollar-for-dollar up to 6% and a best-in-class total benefits package.  


At James Hardie, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the building products industry in every market in which we operate.  The foundation of this strategy, and our company identity, is an unwavering commitment to safe people, safe places, and safe systems through our Zero Harm initiative.  As a member of James Hardie, you will have significant opportunity to be a key contributor to achieving that goal.

What’s next?

“Come home to Hardie” and apply now!












Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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