Process Engineer - Finishing

Summerville, SC
James Hardie
Posted 05/09/2024

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from the Summerville South Carolina Manufacturing Plant

This position supports the Plant, reporting into the Finishing Manager and is responsible for improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process and managing small capital projects.

To be effective in this role, the person should have experience working in a large-scale continuous manufacturing site conducting cycle time and bottleneck analysis, waste mapping, process optimization, and new product trials resulting in improved throughput, quality, or yield.

What You’ll Do:

Understand the waste, speed, and delay design for each product on each machine, then meets or exceeds design by: (70%)

• Developing and implementing plans that reduces scrap, improves paint yield, and improves laminate yield.

• Creating and updating process maps for each machine, i.e., identifying, and removing bottle necks in process.

• Identifying all delay and developing and implementing plans that close the delay gaps.

• Driving collaboration between respective departments that ensures all issues are addressed and resolved.

• Communicating on the production floor with all associated operators to ensure continuous improvement in the manufacturing process; and

• Networking with other colleagues in all plants to freely share best practices.

Routinely verifies conformance of material being produced to meet or exceed the quality standard by: (10%)

• Monitoring lab results; and

• Participating in quality audits and meetings.

Actively leads and supports the plant safety program by: (10%)

• Identifying and reducing hazards related to plant equipment.

• Monitoring and addressing safety conditions and behaviors; and

• Participating in safety audits.

Develops and manages capital projects by: (10%)

• Identifying improvement opportunities.

• Organizing teams to help in research efforts.

• Writing Capital Expenditure Requests (CER); and

• Coordinating and implementing projects.

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.

What You’ll Bring:

• 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 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.

• Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player.



  • Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Material Science) Preferred
  • 3+ years hands-on experience in a heavy manufacturing or industrial setting (Preferred)
  • Experience in coating processes, paper manufacturing, composite panel, cement or building products industry preferred

What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.


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