Tacoma, Washington

Process Engineer II - Tacoma

Position Summary

James Hardie Building Products is looking for a Process Engineer to join our team! As a member of the Pre-Autoclave Department and reporting to the Department Manager, the Process Engineer is responsible for improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process and managing small capital projects.

Position Responsibilities

Understand the waste, speed, and delay design for each product on each machine, then meets or exceeds design

  • Developing and implementing plans that reduces scrap and raw material processing variability, improves material yield and first pass quality;
  • Creating and updating process maps for each machine; i.e. identifying and removing bottle necks in process and improves process owner's effectiveness;
  • 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 process owners to ensure continuous improvement in the manufacturing process; and
  • Networking with other Process engineers in all plants to freely share and implement best practices.

Routinely verifies conformance of material being produced to meet or exceed the quality standard by:
  • Monitoring lab results; and
  • Participating in quality audits, meetings and kaizen events.

Actively leads and supports the plant safety program by:
  • 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:
  • Identifying improvement opportunities;
  • Organizing teams to help in research efforts;
  • Writing Capital Expenditure Requests (CER); and
  • Coordinating and implementing projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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, spreadsheet and data analysis software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, Minitab 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.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (mechanical, chemical, electro-mechanical, industrial, paper science).
  • 3-5 years of process engineering experience in a manufacturing environment, heavy industrial manufacturing preferred
  • Experiencedeveloping and implementing process improvements throughout a manufacturing plant
  • Project Management experience
  • Minitab or other statistical process control experience preferred


James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Tacoma, Washington

James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 financial year. We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty. Key to this effort is our dedication to our customers, market driven innovation, an inclusive and empowering company culture, and an unwavering commitment to our Zero Harm safety initiative. We also recognize the company’s ability to influence the communities in which we live and work around the world. While operating with a global mindset, we put great care into how our business impacts the local communities in which we operate and serve by sourcing locally, employing locally and delivering locally. Our business is fast-paced, and our people are smart in the way we solve problems, driven in our pursuit of results, and real in the way we build relationships and work together. We have opportunities available in manufacturing and production, sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, accounting and finance, information technology, and more.

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