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Global Sourcing Supply Manager - Contract Manufacturing

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Date: Jun 13, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45344


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 Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.

Role Purpose:

Leads the development and execution of Global Supply Management’s (GSM) Strategic Sourcing strategies for assigned critical categories and/or categories where volume can be leveraged across multiple businesses.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops Strategic Sourcing plans and objectives (short & long term) based on forecasts of future demand and regularly review with key business stakeholders.
  • Act as liaison between the businesses and Strategic Sourcing to ensure alignment with business objectives and strategies.
  • Communicates category strategies regularly with the strategic sourcing teams, businesses and stakeholders.
  • Directs efforts of the strategic sourcing team to evaluate the total cost of ownership for key materials and services.
  • Guides and assists team, as needed, with developing strategies and tactics for negotiations with key suppliers.
  • Conducts or participates in negotiations as needed.
  • Conducts spend analysis on key categories.
  • Ensures global commodity spend across all of Corning is leveraged where appropriate.
  • Fosters Strategic Sourcing team understanding of key manufacturing/business processes and products along with major cost drivers and how the global commodities impact each.
  • Determines when and what supplier and market intelligence is required in strategy development.
  • Educates and communicates with businesses' supply and market intelligence, including future price and market trends.
  • Establishes and owns the Supplier Relationship Management strategy for global categories.
  • Engages in resolution of supply issues with suppliers and end users, when required.
  • Leads and develops all GSM professionals within Strategic Sourcing.
  • Builds a diverse workforce balancing various expertise.
  • Evaluates GSM staff performance.
  • Manages and allocates Strategic Sourcing resources to meet customer needs.
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy. Ensures compliance.

Experiences/Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Previous buying experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years operations, planning, engineering, procurement, supply management
  • Experience as a supervisor.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment or on a cross-functional team.


  • MBA or advanced business courses.
  • Experience across multiple businesses, division and/or technologies.
  • Experience with global manufacturing and business through work, project experience.
  • Experience in staff or project roles.
  • Certifications (C.P.M., CPSM, APICS, etc.).

Key Success Factors:

  • Provide leadership and/or support for existing or new contract manufacturing operations
  • Identification of new opportunities for use of external manufacturing or asset lean manufacturing in North America
  • Develop supply base of external/contract manufacturing suppliers and relationships in North America as required by Corning Life Sciences

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.




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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.

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