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Project Engineer

Date: Jan 13, 2022

Location: Plant City, FL, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary

As a member of the Plant Manufacturing Engineering Group, the Project Engineer reports to the Engineering Manager.


The position holder is responsible for:

• Scoping of capital projects, including linking the process improvement goals with the equipment that is selected

• Working with accounting, write capital funding request to secure capital funds for the project

• Plan and execute the project including construction and commissioning.

This requires the organization and scheduling of suppliers and vendors

• Monitor the outcome of the project to ensure that the stated goals are met and intervene in the operations if the improvements have not been met


Position Responsibilities

Develop an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing processes employed by the Company to facilitate effectiveness in solving process issues / opportunities and managing the Capital expenditure process to realize the benefits accordingly.


The manufacturing processes include:

• Raw Materials Processing – including Pulp refining, Silica grinding

• Sheet Formation using the Hatschek Process and associated water circuits

• Material Handling, sheet stacking, autoclaving, de-stacking, coatings application and packaging


Develops and manages capital projects by:

• Leading or assisting in conceptualization and scope development for key capital projects

• Organizing teams to help in research efforts

• Preparing and submitting Capital Expenditure Requests (CER)

• Leading or participating in the implementation of capital projects

• Ensuring that project objectives are obtained through the commissioning and operational periods

Support process and product improvement initiatives by:

• Assisting in the implementation of key, strategic initiatives: i.e., product launches or new process capabilities;

• Cooperating with R&D resources to ensure that project objectives are realized;

• Identifying and engaging additional resources as needed to fulfill project responsibilities; and

• Maintaining confidentiality and integrity of intellectual property as appropriate.


These 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.


Quantitative Dimensions


Decision Making: The Project Engineer uses experience and accepted industry practices to design and implement process improvements and has excellent decision-making skills in order to be able to make critical, on the spot process related decisions with limited data. Additionally, he/she has the ability to consult peers, process experts, and team members on decisions affecting the overall project while keeping in mind the needs of the plant, cost, timeline, and logistics. The observations, opinions, and decisions of the Project Engineer carry significant weight in the outcome or direction of a developing process and as a result the Project Engineer is thorough, makes careful observations, and considers his/her decisions and opinions carefully. Many projects stem from highly confidential development work, which requires discretion and the ability to communicate projects in a generic, yet comprehensive manner.


Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities: The incumbent may be responsible for leading various teams associated to implementing projects, problem solving in the plants, or in launching new products or process changes, however, the incumbent does not have direct reports. He/she is responsible for the actions and safety of any support personnel that accompany or assist him/her in the manufacturing plant. The incumbent also coaches line personnel in proper techniques and concepts of new processes.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

• Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgment and successful stress tolerance.

• Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results.

• Strong track-record of developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex problems in a timely manner.

• 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).

• Demonstrated ability to think ahead and plan over a 30-day time span and prepare action plans to achieve results.

• Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of quality, productivity and cost.

• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail.

• Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in a manufacturing environment

• Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player.



Minimum Required:

• Bachelor’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering preferred)

• 1 - 5 years or more experience in Engineering, preferably with emphasis on capital projects and process improvements











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