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. Apply now at jhcareercenter.com.
James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) is based in Ireland and heads the James Hardie group of companies.
The predecessor of our modern company was established 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. Hardie leveraged his experience to start a business importing oils and animal hide tanning products.
Hardie was joined in Melbourne in 1892 by fellow Scotsman Andrew Reid, who became a full partner in the business in 1895. Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the company to Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired.
Today, James Hardie is a world leading manufacturer of premium building products. It is the preeminent manufacturer of fiber cement products, having pioneered the technology in the 1980s, and a leader in fiber gypsum products through its ownership of Germany-based Fermacell, which it acquired in 2018.
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