Project Manager:

Washington DC

Requisition Number: 44834


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Purpose of Position:

To provide technical management support and skills in the development, planning, scheduling, coordinating and completion of solutions (product and deployment methods) for strategic COC customers. 


Major Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with COC Sales, Marketing, PLM, Development, and Manufacturing departemetns as necessary to bring new solution concepts to market.
  • Manage all aspects of assigned proejects, and multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Execute successful FOA deployments and field trials of COC cable/ hardware and equipment solutions.
  • Support the cable/ hardware and equipment product development groups with field/ customer feedback on products capabilities. 
  • Be the technical interface with customer technical/program office relative to FOA’s and field trials.
  • Identify product improvements, and new product/solution/deployment opportunities.
  • Train junior personnel in the functions of project management and other group functions as required
  • Take an active roll in creating intellectual property as well as communicating it to the appropriate product line management personnel. 
  • Become a subject matter expert in when assigned a new focus area.  Be able to create presentation and white paper materials on the focus area for use in training, industry forums/seminars, and trade magazines.  Present these materials internally, to clients, and at industry events.
  • Provide engineering support for other tactical projects that may be assigned.
  • Complete and file expense reports in a timely manner, using the Concur expense system.
  • Prepare presentation, spreadsheets, graphs and reports as requested using appropriate skills and software.
  • Assist the team with special projects or needs as requested.
  • Manage confidential and proprietary information with discretion and sound judgment.
  • Manage all day-to-day tasks and support for all team members as necessary.



  • BS degree in technical or engineering field from an accredited college or university.


Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with fiber optic networks and project management:
  • Signifcant experience with telecom network construction methods and equipment
  • In-depth knowledge of COC products
  • Proficiency in Fiber network design


Required Skills:

  • Stroing project management skills.
  • Getting results through others: Must be able to gain the support of resources in other departments who have no direct or indirect reporting relationship.
  • Ability to perform all functions of a project (not just project management).  For example:
    • System Design
    • Standards integration
    • Material component integration
    • Coordination of project labor
    • Documentation
    • Testing and Quality control
  • Ability to interface and communicate (verbally and in writing) effectively with all levels of personnel internal and external to Corning and with various cultures.
  • Must be able to work in a high profile position, handling details of a highly confidential and critical nature.
  • Work effectively as both an individual performer and a team player.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work efficiently and effectively in a dynamic unstructured environment.
  • Must be detailed oriented and conscientious.
  • Ability to maintain composure and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Ability to listen, make wise decisions and act with little direction.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work schedule and duties.
  • Proficiency in Concur expense reporting and travel functions.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint and Corning internal ERP/OSS systems
  • Lives the Corning values


Desired Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of company operations, policies and procedures.
  • Proactive, demonstrated ability to take the lead and influence the outcome.
  • Eager to take on additional responsibilities outside normal scope of position.
  • Not fearful of acting with minimum planning.
  • Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal scheduled business hours when necessary.
  • Technical writing ability, with emphasis on effective presentation of detailed concepts.


Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills to support customer interface, consultative activities, and work as part of a commercial team.


Additional Requirements:

  • Person must be willing to remain in this position for a minimum of two years.
  • Must be willing to travel (including on short notice), primarily for customer meetings.  Estimated travel is expected to be less than 10% of total work days per year.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.