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Sr. R&D Engineer, Extrusion

Date: Oct 9, 2021

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie

James Hardie Research USA, LLC


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.

Position Summary


As a Sr. Engineer in the Research & Development organization, the successful candidate executes projects that will benefit Hardie from a durability, quality, new process, efficiency, and safety standpoint.   The Sr. R&D Engineer understands various manufacturing processes within the business and utilizes this knowledge to interact with Manufacturing and various other groups to implement new solutions and processes for new product innovation developed by the R&D teams.

Position Responsibilities

Identify and design the complete process to facilitate high quality / high throughput fiber reinforced ceramic extrusions extrusion process for manufacturability of products (60%)

  • Design and build lab scale, pilot scale & manufacturing scale processes and associated equipment to demonstrate step change improvement of process while simultaneously scaling up R&D materials & formulations via pilot scale experiments and manufacturing scale validation in collaboration with materials counterpart
  • Develop new systems (focus on process but in conjunction with materials) that provide a step change improvement in predictable manufacturing, eliminating process variability caused by the materials selected
  • Drive the development of processes for high solids pastes for fabrication of 3D shapes
  • Determine necessary improvements to the plant processes by running trials and interpreting results to drive improvements in quality and production rates
  • Performing various process evaluations and calculations, e. g. sizing equipment, mass and energy balances, and fluid flows
  • Trouble shooting equipment and developing permanent solutions to address recurring issues
  • Coordinate efforts and foster collaboration within cross-functional project teams consisting of R&D Scientists, Plant, Design, Construction and Quality Engineers, EH&S, vendors, plant floor operators and maintenance technicians.
  • Network with other Process engineers in all plants to freely share and implement best practices.


Actively leads and supports the plant safety program:  (20%)

  • Demonstrate leadership in Zero Harm & Safety initiatives that keep both employees and the workplace protected
  • Apply 5S philosophy with R&D environments and all JH locations
  • Complete monthly OSHA mandated training
  • Ensure a safe work environment through good housekeeping and equipment operations
  • Promote safety culture by leading and participating in various safety initiatives


Manages projects effectively:  (20%)

  • Utilize effective project management skills to deliver R&D projects on schedule and target, as well as assisting and supporting other project teams or groups within the department when needed
  • Coordinate and implement projects.
  • Identify improvement opportunities
  • Work cross-functionally with rheology and process related counterpart(s) towards a common goal

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:


  • In-depth understanding of manufacturing equipment including extrusion processes, and design for ceramic based products.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive development projects via statistically designed experiments
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgment and successful stress tolerance.
  • Knowledgeable of Lean, Six Sigma and 5S principles in a manufacturing environment
  • 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).
  • Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of quality, productivity and cost.
  • Excellent technical and engineering skills, written and verbal communication skills including leading group meetings/projects
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.




  • Masters or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with related R&D/industrial experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience, preferably with at least 5 years within an R&D environment, with demonstrated scale-up to manufacturing preferred
  • Experience with Process Design, preferably in the area of Ceramic Extrusions
  • Project Management experience
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization









Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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