Sr. Project Manager, ORM Cost Reduction Support:

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.

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:

  • Principal manager for achieving ORM (Other Raw Material) Cost Reduction results and updating business management on strategy, plans, status and corrective actions.
  • Manage portfolio of projects and network with other organizations.
  • Project resource to provide responsive and effective support to cable plants globally to achieve lowest cost, highest quality performance - “the best” in each geographic region in which we operate.
  • Deployable to all cable regions (AMER, APAC and EMEA) to provide local resource support and solutions for technical and non-technical opportunities in ORM cost reduction.
  • Replicate, implement and standardize best-in-class business practices for OFC operations.
  • Establish, organize and manage critical Cost Reduction road map to support business strategy for reducing ORM costs.
  • Facilitate, leverage and coordinate available resource skill-sets from around the world, including Cables RDE, Corning MTE and regional engineering groups. Establish, organize and manage ORM Cost Reduction required for Corning Optical Fiber and Cables (COFC) for cable manufacturing CR.


Major Responsibilities – Ongoing Tasks:

  • Establish a program and portfolio of projects and actions to achieve divisional ORM cost reduction objectives. Maintain an on-going project and action list and periodically report progress to the OFC ORM CR steering team.
  • Facilitate ORM (Other Raw Material) cost reduction strategy development drive strategic choices execution to all cable regions (AMER, APAC and EMEA) working closely with Manufacturing, Technology, Procurement/Supply Chain and Commercial organizations.
  • Leverage past experience/expertise on materials/plastics conversion and establish local reporting ties within assigned cable region(s) and seek to mentor local stakeholders during project execution to ensure sustainability of results. Coordinate ORM CR activities within manufacturing with all other business groups: Operations, Commercial, Technology and Procurement/Supply Chain.
  • Ensure a “grass roots” coordination with Regional Engineering Managers and Plant Engineering Managers for all ORM CR activities.
  • Remove obstacles to effective project execution by coordinating with functional support departments and internal and external customers and suppliers to obtain critical resources, information and results. Manage improvement portfolios such as capital, cost reduction, and resources.
  • Develop international cable manufacturing experience in different cultures. Use this experience to educate colleagues and promote global synergy and cooperation.
  • Apply financial tools to effectively communicate project business justification and manage assets. Use Innovation Platform (IPP) and Change Management technology processes to ensure proper implementation of new products and technology improvements to achieve CR goals.
  • Execute projects resulting from annual Manufacturing Strategy review and deep dive exercise. For 2015 this requires focus on ORM CR to achieve defined manufacturing goals. Mentor and facilitate leadership at cable plants. Significant links with other parts of the organization:
  • Global Support Organization provides resources to execute Global Business Team priorities
  • Maintain a relationship with international cable plant employees, cable customers and suppliers and Corning engineering groups



This position involves 25% domestic travel (cable plants) or international travel in 1-2 week periods.


Education and Experience:

  • Masters in Materials Eng, Polymer Engineering, or Chemical Eng
  • Overall 10-15 years’ experience in manufacturing/technology
  • Demonstrated applied engineer experience in materials and experience in a manufacturing/materials conversation environment greater than 5 years.
  • Technology development, manufacturing, or project management experience with results above expectation for significant projects (greater than $1 million) in manufacturing or experience with complex projects with multiple concurrent work-streams.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience running technology/manufacturing projects.
  • Experience using plant systems and best practices to implement change: process, product, cost reduction, continuous improvement, manufacturing systems.
  • Experience with production & quality plant systems; problem-solving and decision-making skills • Proven high performance engineer and/or technical manager.
  • Proven technology to manufacturing engineering leadership (PPD to Ops, New Product/Change Instructions) • Ability to establish, staff and manage engineering portfolio using multiple business plans (Budgets, Operation Plan)
  • Established track record of use of Scientific Method (SM), Manufacturing engineering effectiveness (MEE)– ability to drive engineering discipline
  • Has been managed in a matrixed environment
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and evaluate manufacturing performance from a materials cost, technical, process or organizational standpoint and develop plans and strategies to address
  • Exhibits sound decision making skills and exercises good judgment; is able to effectively analyze and simplify data from multiple sources and set direction as required
  • • Demonstrated active leadership ability to establish direction, challenging goals, and clear expectations in driving the global organization to achieve results
  • • Demonstrated experience coordinating activities within functional responsibility and collaborating with other groups to achieve results


Skill Requirements-

  • Mastery of manufacturing best practices, material conversion and philosophy in optimizing operations
  • Strong communications, leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Superior project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to identify, quantify, prioritize and execute work; decision making skills
  • Networking and resourcefulness skills in a new environment
  • Experience working on cross-function teams in meeting continuous improvement goals, step change performance improvements, innovation, expanding technical capability, work redesign or other change efforts at various levels in the organization
  • Tolerance of different cultures and a willingness to learn and experience new cultures
  • Ability to operate independently with general or ambiguous boundaries and objectives
  • Technical skills for communication, PC programs and project management software

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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