Program Manager, Supply Chain:

Tewksbury Massachusetts

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

Lead the Supply Chain Program Management Office (PMO) and direct the projects portfolio including transformation programs, supply chain initiatives on footprint, cost reduction. This includes leading the prioritization, budgeting, resourcing and performance tracking for all key division level supply chain projects.

Effectively manage and deliver of all supply chain programs/projects which include SC Transformation, Division strategy initiatives, and cost reduction improvements.  The position ensures projects are properly resourced and managed and stay on track to achieve deliverables.

Develop and maintain execution along with the stated corporate and division Supply Chain strategies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Candidate will lead the overall Supply Chain Transformation to drive the execution of projects through his team (Direct and matrix organization). Candidate will drive to achieve the division goals through his/her team and assigned members. Candidate will present results to division and corporate leaders.
  • Participate in the Supply Chain and logistics strategy development
  • Create the portfolio roadmap and manage global supply chain projects to:
    • Prioritize and rationalize against division budget, cost goals and operational needs
    • Identify constraints of time/resource/cost
    • Align with business process organization for standardization and process alignment
    • Deliver to inventory reductions as well as NPAT targets and cost reduction goals.
  • Develop and manage strategic investment plans based on division and corporate Supply Chain strategy and division roadmap.
    • Develop the annual and 5 year budget plans for capital and expense.
  • This position leads or co-leads key division governance councils.  
  • Member will work on key steering committees to ensure supply chain is properly represented and there is effective resource management, planning coordination and integration across programs.
  • The candidate will work with managers and directors to look across the supply chain portfolio to identify synergies between projects and create the high level division plan to forecast timing of major projects.
  • Perform program management activities to proactively identify issues with current projects or programs to ensure they stay on track  
  • Mentor his/her team. Drive execution and hold the team accountable for the required deliverables. Mentor other division project managers in support of supply chain as required

 Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This is a matrixed organization with 4 direct reports as well as informal mentoring and leadership.
  •  Candidate will heavily influence division leaders, project managers and regional supply chain managers throughout his role.

Performance Metrics

Overall success in advancing projects that support the Division Supply Chain Strategy. Delivering to the goals of the 5 year supply chain transformation portfolio.

Development of long term plans in support of stated supply chain strategies. Development of appropriate annual and 5 year budgets of strategic capital and expense in support of those those plans. 

Key objectives in strategic or critical division level projects. These objectives will tie to the project / program AR deliverables.  Examples of the following measures of team’s project success:

  • Financial objectives as defined by AR / Project Charter
  • Delivery to the Scheduled Objectives
  • Quality and Performance measures as define in project charters:
    • Cost reduction targets
    • Service improvement
    • Hit operational cost targets
    • Hit inventory reduction targets

Leadership Competencies (Knowledge, skills and behaviors)


  • Building effective teams
  • Cross cultural sensitivity
  • Integrity and trust
  • Motivating others
  • Negotiating


  • Customer focus
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Drive for results
  • Organizing and planning 

Global Leadership

  • Communicate and Engage
  • Demonstrate Drive and Commitment
  • Pursue and Apply Learnings

Travel Requirements: up to 20% as required.  Some international travel is required.

Required Experience and Education

  • B.S. Required (in Engineering, IT, Business or Supply Chain field (preferred); MS or MBA desired.
  • 10 years' experience in some degrees of Project Management and Managerial Leadership (Supply Chain Preferred)

Required Skills:

  • Ability to effectively manage a high degree of change and ambiguity and utilize influence versus control. This is required both up as well as across the organization
  • Prioritize projects considering the overall Supply Chain strategy, return on investment, resource requirements as well as the financial ramifications and scheduling impacts to other projects based on the prioritizations.
    • Communicate, present and gain consensus to the stated prioritization
    • Erroneous decisions or recommendations would result in division level impact to funding and schedule and require significant resources to address the impacted situation.
  • Effective written, verbal communication and presentation skills across all levels of the organization. 
    • Must be able to deliver key messages through presentations, written and verbal communication.
    • Key presentations will be delivered throughout the organization and possibly customers.
  • Skills in conflict management; seeks win-win solutions.  Resolves problems vs. escalating.


Desired Skills:

  • Project management Certification (PMP)
  • Supply chain experience in planning, warehousing, inventory and distribution and scheduling
  • Experience with manufacturing processes
  • Utilizes sound and rational problem solving and decision making processes. Proficient in quality tools including KT, Performance Excellence, and Project Management tools
  • Basic understanding of Six Sigma and/or Lean Manufacturing Systems
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt
  • APICS, CPIM or CSCP Certification
  • Formal Project Management Training.  Desired - Project Management Certification.

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