Head of Investor Relations | James Hardie Industries plc


  • ASX 100 Company

  • Sydney based

  • Reporting to US-based Group CFO with access to Management Team and Board

  • Career Role

About the Company

James Hardie is a leading international building materials group which produces a wide range of fibre cement building materials used in the exterior and interior of residential and commercial building, from exterior cladding and internal lining pipes, bracing, decorative elements and fencing. Our operations span the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.

In every country in which we operate, our goal is to capitalise on our extensive research and development programs, our unique manufacturing technology and our differentiated products to create wealth for our shareholders, value for our customers and rewarding careers for our employees.

James Hardie Industries’ shares are listed on the Australian Securities and New York Stock Exchanges

Position Purpose

This position is responsible for the overall Investor Relations program of James Hardie Industries plc (JHX), including both the long-term strategy and the annual goals & objectives, as well as the day to day execution. This position will report to the Group CFO but will work closely with the Group CEO, senior management and the Board in developing and executing the program.  

The overarching objective is to ensure that the company, its businesses, its strategies, its performance and its management team are positioned accurately, positively and consistently with key stakeholders. The role has primary responsibility for managing relationships and communication with institutional shareholders, broking analysts and sell side sales teams. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of an Investor Relations 3-year strategy  
  • Develop an annual IR plan that includes key goals & objectives for the year, along with supporting activities 
  • Develop and pro-actively manage both buy and sell-side relationships by working strategically with all key sell-side analysts and brokers as well as key buy-side analysts and fund managers 
  • Ensure high quality sell-side research on JHX is published and seek to expand coverage where practical
  • Work to cultivate and expand institutional shareholder register 
  • Develop and execute a high-quality investor relations marketing and communications program  
  • Undertake an effective roadshow and conference schedule, with an emphasis on continuing to diversify the shareholding base
  • Prepare high quality quarterly market briefings (including consultation in the development of briefing materials)
  • Plan and undertake regular analyst and investor strategy briefings and site visits that support annual goals & objectives 
  • Oversee the Investor section of the JHX website, including maintenance of relevant content and ongoing development as required 
  • Support Company Secretary with annual shareholder meeting as required 
  • Work with senior management, Disclosure Committee to develop and coordinate an effective media strategy and appropriateness of announcements 
  • Assist in preparation of other major shareholder communications (e.g. Annual Report) 
  • Track and monitor movement in the share register and provide analysis and insights to senior management and the Board 
  • Monitor shareholder activism and report on significant communications from shareholder activists and industry bodies such as the Australian Shareholders Association 
  • Track and disseminate reports from analysts; prepare reports for senior management and the Board summarizing analyst / market response when there are significant events (e.g. earnings releases, major business updates); prepare response to reports and significant issues raised as warranted 
  • Support Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting through partnering with JHX’s global ESG leader to ensure ESG program and reporting incorporates views of investor base 
  • Participate in developing the ESG strategy as a member of the ESG Steering Committee and oversee key communications related to ESG. Including the annual ESG report and the relevant content on the website 
  • Continually increase knowledge of the company, including its markets, its customers, and its products as well as its operations and internal support functions 
  • Become familiar with and help maintain / update an internal valuation model; understand and analyze differences with analyst models 
  • Work with the Finance Team to track performance and public releases from our key competitors and other relevant industry participants 
  • Work in alignment with the James Hardie Zero Harm pledge and workplace safety requirements 


Candidate Profile:


  • Clear and logical thinker 
  • Ability to understand the core drivers of a business and think both strategically and tactically about drivers of performance 
  • Confidence and diplomacy skills to communicate with key stakeholders 
  • Highly articulate and able to convey complex analysis and outcomes in a clear and compelling manner 
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency and determination to drive for results 
  • Develops a function which is viewed by the business as a source of expertise and support 
  • Rigorously holds oneself and others accountable for achieving high levels of performance 
  • Self-directed with a high level of initiative and motivation 
  • Highly collaborative and takes the initiative to work closely with key functional experts across the business 
  • Willing to engage in extensive international travel in order to stay close to key business issues as well as the analyst and investor communities 


  • A tertiary qualification in accounting, finance, economics, strategy, commerce or a related discipline 
  • Thorough understanding of financial statements and an ability to analyse the numbers 
  • Understanding of different valuation methodologies and the value drivers for a specific company 
  • Strong desire to add value and drive impact and demonstrate a positive, “can do” attitude 
  • Ability to operate in a large, complex, global organisation 
  • Desire to take initiative and operate relatively independently to get results 
  • Ability to be a solution focused problem solver, not solely task oriented 
  • Effective project management skills 


  • 15+ years of progressive experience in finance, strategy, investor relations and/or other related commercial disciplines 
  • Understanding of and exposure to fundamentals of corporate finance and capital markets 
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage existing networks  
  • Experience operating in international business environments would be strongly preferred 
  • Exposure to, or knowledge of manufacturing environments would be preferred 
  • Experience operating in the building materials sector would be nice to have 


Further Information / Application

Please send your application to Amanda Rice (Talent Sourcing Lead, APAC) amanda.rice@jameshardie.com.au