HR Specialist, COC Commercial:

Hickory North Carolina

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The global Human Resource (HR) Function provides an integrated talent management system that delivers a workforce that is Corning's competitive differentiator in the global marketplace.

HR provides service offerings that align solutions to business challenges by ensuring the programs are Effective, Efficient, Global, Scaleable, and Repeatable.  Corning’s Values are operationalized by the HR Function through the facilitation of Talent Management offerings, as well as programs and processes that aid in making Corning’s Values visible.

Role Summary: The HR Specialist manages all aspects of data and analytics in support of Human Resources service delivery processes for defined business client groups. This includes managing data entry/editing, position management and reporting/analytics for all core HR processes. The HR Specialist will also lead initiatives related to HR metrics. This role requires a process-minded team player with a bias for action and strong attention to detail.

Role Purpose:

  • Manages end-user HRIS, position management, and data reporting/analytics processes for business unit human resources.
  • Ensures and assists in implementation/administration of HR programs / processes / policies establishing and reinforcing Corning Values and positive work environment, while complying with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensures HR key stakeholders fully understand the value, benefit, and use of HR tools / programs / processes / policies. Manages/ensures standards and guidelines are understood and consistently applied
  • Ensures HR programs / processes / policies meet or beat quality and delivery expectations
  • Responsible for execution thru finalization of hiring processes including salary offers, etc.
  • Identifies employee value proposition issues affecting turnover and works with HR manager to identify actions for improvement


  • Maintains and ensures confidentiality of time and personnel sensitive materials
  • Maintains and develops reports and analysis tools, ensures timely updates, and provides organization and distribution of reports for use by human resources managers and business leadership
  • Recommends/implements areas for standardization of HR programs / processes / policies, as appropriate, to reduce complexity of administration and associated costs
  • Implements HR programs / processes / policies in compliance with current legal and regulatory policies and assesses them to determine the extent to which they support Corning Values and positive work environment
  • Gathers and analyzes data on the performance and impact of HR programs / processes / policies, highlights areas of concern or improvement, and creates reports and presentations as requested to ensure achievement of targeted results
  • Develops and maintains subject matter expertise through independent research and participation in company / professional groups
  • Educates colleagues and customer groups on proper use of HR systems for which he/she is responsible
  • Monitors and maintains integrity of data contained in HR systems for which he/she is responsible
  • Assists in deployment of HR transformational goals (change management) and required levels of client support
  • Provide appropriate council and support to client managers on HR processes/programs.

Project Work:

  • Function Talent Review – assist in development of review materials – manages/collect inputs for function talent review process.
  • Provide data reports for leadership as appropriate.
  • Maintain databases to track and monitor activity on functional initiatives including talent management, diversity, leadership development training, etc.

Preferred Education/Background/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Work experience in administrative and project roles
  • Computer Proficiency (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft, SuccessFactors, etc.)
  • Successful track record in the administration of HR or Business processes or programs
  • Successful track record of continuous process/product improvement using defined methodology
  • Successful track record in fast-paced work environment (taking initiative, working independently & handling multiple priorities)
  • Able to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner

Competencies Needed:

  • Developing Others
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Self-Development
  • Organizational Agility
  • Problem Solving
  • HR Service Orientation
  • HR Technical Capability
  • Project Management
  • Champion Global Growth
  • Communicate and Engage Additional Specific

Position Requirements:

  • Broad knowledge of HR policies, processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of HRIS systems both data and reporting
  • Strong analytical skills and advanced knowledge of Excel (e.g. the ability to query, run reports, sort data and analyze results)
  • Strong Interpersonal skills Criteria for Performance Evaluation
  • Successfully assumes accountability for accurate and timely maintenance of data, knowledge tools and reporting of relevance to the day-to-day operational and long term strategic needs of the Optical Commercial Ops (OCO) Human Resources organization
  • Implements standard procedures and takes initiative to propose modifications to improve work flow
  • Independently solves most problems using established and well-defined procedures on basis of examining pertinent facts, while obtaining supervisory input to resolve new types of problems
  • Develops learning plan for continual knowledge growth in human resources, data management/analysis and project management
  • Must achieve Level I and II HR Specialist Certification within 6 months of assignment start

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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