Plant Engineering Manager:

Kennebunk Maine

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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

Purpose of Position:

Leads Kennebunk’s Manufacturing Engineering resources in achieving Plant, Business and Corporate objectives in the areas of cost, quality, safety, growth and new products. This position is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Long range Technology Plan for the Plant.

  • Provide production departments with the required technical support and resources to make continuous and step change improvements.
  • Works with the Product Development and Pilot Line groups to assure successful implementation of new products in manufacturing.
  • Project management of major Manufacturing Engineering projects in the Plant.
  • Work with production departments to implement process monitoring to achieve improvements in OEE.
  • Renew/replace Kennebunk’s production equipment including the installation of new molding technologies.
  • Develop permanent corrective action for quality fixes as required.
  • Achieve "Readiness" on AME assessment for sections under Engineering responsibility
  • Manufacturing strategy: development and implementation of technology roadmap.
  • Resource allocation of Plant Engineering resources.
  • Selection and development of plant engineering organization.
  • Use of external resources to achieve Plant objective
  • Assure new or changed processes comply applicable quality and regulatory system requirements.
  • Subject matter expert for HSE Management of Change process
  • Supervises the Performance Excellence organization and the use of improvement tools (DMAIC, MEE, Lean, etc.)
  • Manages the Cost Reduction portfolio for the plant and works with the plant leaders to build a 3-year cost reduction opportunity "funnel"
  • Ensures robust receivership is provided to the Mfg. departments for new products and equipment that are managed by resources external to the plant
  • Manages the plant project portfolio (priority is set by the Site Leadership Team)
  • Manages the capital plan for the plant, ensures that spend timing is forecasted accurately and updates / interfaces with Division Engineering on capital spend and timing
  • Is responsible to plan, set and manage the Plant Engineering department budget

Required Experiences / Education:

  • B.S. in Engineering discipline
  • 20 years’ experience in multiple manufacturing processes
  • 7+ years' prior supervisory or management related experience required. 
  • Must have experience with 2 out of 3 of the following: injection molding, high speed automation and/or packaging.

  • Experience with multiple manufacturing processes.
  • Engineering and/or biological production experience.  
  • Demonstrated track record of growing talent.

Desired Skills:

  • M.S. in Engineering or MBA
  • Experience in technical collaboration with staff engineering groups, managing capital projects, and the innovation process.
  • Experience with project management, quality, operations, facilities, performance excellence.

Soft Skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates drive and commitment.
  • Acts quickly and decisively


Basic Qualifications