Program Manager, Manufacturing Leadership Dev:

Corning New York

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 Purpose:

Provides program and project leadership in collaboration with Corning’s Vice President Manufacturing HR, and the Manufacturing Effectiveness (MEC) Council to vital few manufacturing leadership development programs.

Position Description:

The Program Manager, Manufacturing Leadership Development reports to the Director of Workforce Development and Learning (“WD&L”). WD&L is a global HR Center of Excellence within Corning’s Talent Management function.

This position is based in Corning, Inc.’s global headquarters of Corning, New York. The person who assumes this role will manage all aspects of key leadership development programs targeted to support Global Manufacturing at Corning and other key leadership programs that may be targeted for development in the future.

The Program Manager will partner with key HR and Manufacturing stakeholders, instructional designers, subject matter experts, and program coordinators. This person will spearhead the design, development, and execution of programs such as the Global Manufacturing Leadership Excellence (“GMLE”) and Women in Manufacturing programs. Project management, leadership development, and knowledge of adult learning principles are all required for this role. Experience with a global manufacturing, supply management, and/or corporate quality organization is extremely helpful/desired (though not required).


  • Oversee all aspects of the Global Manufacturing Leadership Excellence curriculum
  • Conduct needs and impact analyses as required to inform program design for current programs and to develop new programs (e.g., Women in Manufacturing).
  • Understand audience needs and skill gaps
  • Follow established program governance structure to ensure stakeholder engagement and buy-in
  • Guide design to ensure highly interactive and impactful learning experiences
  • Manage the global delivery and maintenance of GMLE and related programs
  • Communicate program status, impact, and recommendations to key stakeholders
  • Manage, track and report on financials related to the program(s)
  • Collaborate on improvements across the program(s) and retire content as appropriate
  • Facilitate program elements and train-the-trainers as appropriate; prepare internal faculty to do the same


  • 5-10 years of experience developing, managing and facilitating leadership programs/curricula
  • Strong project management skills; comfort with MS Project a plus
  • Experience in all forms of learning methodologies, including digital, classroom, and blended
  • Strong executive presence and verbal executive communication skills with the ability to simplify and synthesize messaging to key audiences
  • Exceptional written communication skills; able to synthesize the most critical insights from large amounts of information and develop logical storylines in PowerPoint and listening for understanding demonstrating strong overall communication skills
  • Ability to build a business case and recommendations that include guiding principles, vision, metrics, implementation, design considerations, etc.
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills with global audiences
  • Experience in managing program team members (designers, coordinators, internal clients, etc.)
  • Ability to manage meetings effectively, with agendas, action items, Webex, etc.
  • Proven ability to deliver projects and programs successfully
  • Exceptional relationship building skills; able to gain trust of diverse stakeholders
  • Strong ability to conduct root cause analysis and determine appropriate intervention to inform or supplement leadership development
  • Strong vendor management experience
  • A BA/BS degree or equivalent experience in learning or related field is desired or MSHR with learning/development as area of focus and experience
  • Experience in a manufacturing setting would be preferred
  • Some international and US travel is required

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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