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Product Manager Trim

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James Hardie Inc.

Chicago, IL

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Product Manager, Trim


Strategic Marketing

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The Product Manager is responsible for managing the North American (US and Canada) trim business with a holistic P&L approach. This strategic yet hands-on role manages day-to-day product line performance as well as focusing on step change profitable growth. The role will report directly to the VP of Product Management within the Strategic Marketing Team.  The role interfaces directly with multiple functions within the business including Segments, Sales, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, R&D and Finance.  This role will have direct reports based on project needs. Travel is expected to be up to 40%.



*Determine the strategic direction for the business to deliver profitable growth using frameworks like 3C’s/4P’s & business performance analysis to identify opportunities and gaps.  Determine key initiatives for short, medium and long term horizons *Deliver strategic and tactical game plans to deliver multi-year market share & profitability goals that account for regional business environment variances *Ensure flawless execution of game plans through management systems that align cross-functional stakeholders *Full P&L ownership requires analytical approach to market sizing, sales volume, manufacturing costs, supply chain & pricing *Responsible for Product Development process from business case to execution *Manage multiple technology platforms that enable regional trim products in strong collaboration with R&D and Manufacturing. *Ensure value communication is aligned with targeted customer needs via clear positioning & marketing programs *Ensure product-customer fit by collaborating with segment teams and other stakeholders in the value chain such as dealers, distributors and installers *Leads development and usage of management and sales reporting tools to track progress against goals and identify strategy shifts *Works with various cross-functional partners including: R&D, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, HR and Product Management

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.







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*Strategy development using appropriate frameworks and analysis of business/market trends. Selects amongst competing strategies understanding trade-offs.  *Ability to proactively manage multiple projects in a fast paced, change oriented environment, yet flexible to adapt to changes *Strong bias for results and can work independently as well as interact effectively across functions and at all levels *Strong P&L management ability - interpret and analyze financial statements, apply cost structures, P/C/V/ & ROI models. Uses analysis to make decisions and direct the business. Ability to coach/teach others on Financial Acumen. *Strong understanding around manufacturing and supply chain with a past record of growth with a product line. *Leads the organization by influencing at peer levels plus SMT and GMT levels. Impacts prioritization of projects, resource allocation based on opportunity or gap identification.   *Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills fit for various internal & external audiences *Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software *Willingness and ability to travel up to 40%





*Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering or related field *MBA required *5+  years of relevant experience in product, segment or business management *Proven P&L management experience *Experience with varying go to market channel strategies: direct, two-step, etc. *Proven large scale project management experience in a cross-functional environment *Experience working closely with manufacturing & R&D to drive product development process *Business to business plus business to consumer marketing experience *Sales or business development experience

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.

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James Hardie Inc.
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Our operations encompass the United States, Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie® Building Products are also now available in Asia, with a manufacturing plant in the Philippines; in Europe, our operations are headquartered in Amsterdam. In every country in which we operate, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in products, manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling. Innovation is vital to maintaining our pre-eminent position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, we invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products and backerboard. Corporate Information James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) was created in October 2012, after shareholders voted to accept a unanimous recommendation by the board of James Hardie Industries SE to restructure the company and establish a new parent company (JHIplc) incorporated in Ireland. The new structure is designed to position the company for further international growth, and generate higher returns for shareholders than were possible under the previous structure. James Hardie Industries plc now heads the James Hardie group of companies, with operations around the world. The predecessor of these modern companies was established more than 100 years ago, in 1888, when the enterprising young James Hardie left his family´s tannery business in Scotland and immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in search of new opportunities. Capitalizing on his experience, James started a business, importing oils and animal hide tanning products. The second major figure in the company´s history, Andrew Reid, was born on January 24, 1867, near Linlithgow in Scotland. He knew James Hardie and maintained contact from Glasgow, where he worked as a shipping clerk. Encouraged by prospects in Australia, Andrew arrived in Melbourne in March 1892 and soon after joined James Hardie´s business, becoming a full partner in 1895. Andrew Reid was outgoing, energetic and visionary, and his talents combined well with Hardie´s sound commercial judgement. James Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the business to Andrew Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired. A publicly-owned company, James Hardie Industries Ltd, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1951. In the following years, the company built up a diverse portfolio of building and industrial products businesses. In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength. Using the technical and manufacturing expertise it developed in Australia, James Hardie Inc. expanded its operations to become a world-leading, specialized, high-technology manufacturer of a wide range of fiber-cement building materials.

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