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RD Specialist

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie

James Hardie Research

Our Global Research & Product Development (R&PD) teams are focused on market driven innovation to deliver high impact new products that enable future growth.  Our teams provide a continuous pipeline of innovative new products and technologies, while leveraging James Hardie’s core value propositions of durability and low maintenance.  Our role is to act as the technology pipeline for the global organization and ensure long-term performance of our products in current and future markets.

Primary Purpose

As a member of the New Product Innovation (NPI) team, the R&D Specialist will provide support and product review/validation (from an installer perspective) to R&D projects and teams, as well as contribute towards ongoing core business support initiatives.  The incumbent will be responsible for conducting product knowledge sessions to train R&D on published best practice techniques and product specific installation instructions.

The successful candidate will actively support R&D teams while developing and sustaining strong working relationships in delivering on projects.


Wall construction and product installation to support projects and core business:

  • Manage work request system (includes alignment on prioritization with stakeholders and sets work request schedule) – report activity biweekly
  • Build Mock-up / Demonstration walls
  • Construct test walls for various testing apparatuses
  • Estimate material quantities based on plan and procure supplies (e.g. lumber, fasteners, tools, consumables...etc.) to support all construction and test activities
  • Assess equipment needs and procure rental equipment as needed to safely complete projects



Testing and installer perspective product validation:

  • Complete ASTM E330 tests, write and file summary reports
  • Support compliance testing at 3rd party external labs
  • Ensure all new products are fit for purpose (from an installer perspective) via constructability and handle ability testing per the project plan – provide critical feedback to project teams



Building maintenance support:

  • Assist on R&D facility projects as needed to support overall to support project objectives
  • Manage subcontractors as needed



Technical Marketing:

  • Ability to present technical related feedback Technical Services Team to create and help maintain installation / technical literature





  • Sustain 5S philosophy inside R&D warehouse (saws area, tool cage/storage, raw material staging area, testing areas, aisle way / entryway to warehouse)
  • Submit weekly safety engagements
  • Complete monthly OSHA mandated training
  • Obtain and maintain forklift operator certification
  • Obtain and maintain crane operator certification
  • Maintain and lead tool training to current and new R&D team members


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledgeable of building practices in both residential and commercial segments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge regarding the use of tools and practices of siding applications.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Communication skills; timeliness, organized, and high attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and ethically with management, customers, employees, trade partners and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability in problem solving (collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions in a timely basis).
  • Ability to communicate and work with cross functional teams and all levels in the organization.
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and proprietary software).
  • Sense of urgency and ownership; self-motivated to take on new challenges
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

Education/Experience (Required)

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent  
  • 5 or more years of experience in commercial or residential building industry as a framer, siding contractor, or carpenter
  • Broad knowledge of construction tools and practices
  • Strong understanding of construction details (materials, systems, fit and standards for fit and finish)
  • ICC/IRC Building Code Inspector Certified     











Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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