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Product Line Specialist, Advanced Fibers (Corning, NY or Wilmington, NC or Charlotte, NC)

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Date: Aug 28, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831 Wilmington, NC, US, 28405 Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56616


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.


Role Description: The Product Line Specialist for Advanced Fibers executes a product line strategy that supports the achievement of desired product line sales and profitability. Facilitates collaborative engagement with PLM, RD&E, Technology, MTD, Manufacturing, and Sales teams to define and deliver new products to market. It also includes extensive interactions with the senior leadership of the business unit to develop, communicate, and execute the short and long-term product line plans.


Job Location:

Corning, NY or Wilmington, NC or Charlotte, NC



  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering, with analytical background and strong potential for technical learning.
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in technology or engineering in a technically based and customer-focused environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of managing projects, priorities, and meeting objectives and deadlines.



  • Additional or specific training in Optical Communications or Photonics is desired.
  • MBA or equivalent demonstrated experience (i.e. extensive experience in business) is a plus.
  • International business work experience or participation in multicultural and/or multi-geographic projects.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Help develop and deliver new, Advanced Fibers product line plans, including the marketing position statement and value proposition.
  • Coordinate the commercial and standards strategy for the product line to develop and grow sales.
  • Find the optimal solution (balancing the needs of Corning and the Customer) to all product line issues including performance attributes, quality, delivery, price/value, market share, and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with RD&E & MTD to understand downstream market technology requirements and assess competitive threats and implications.
  • Create and manage short and long-term forecasts and coordinate the Product Team to ensure adequate capability, capacity, and on-time delivery.
  • Manages the product line through the stages of innovation (from product concept through commercialization), and life-cycle management.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to identify opportunities to reduce complexity and costs, and continuously improve the overall sales and operations process.
  • Address all types of day-to-day product definition, product placement, promotion, and price/value questions and requests raised by both internal and external customers. Performance Metrics:
  • Executes a product line strategy that maintains industry leadership and supports the achievement of product line sales growth and profitability.
  • Effective project and individual tasks management. Business: Strategic Thinking & Agility
  • Understands the financial and operational (commercial, technical, manufacturing) levers of the product line and considers them when making product-related decisions.
  • Process and detail oriented and builds strong working relationships with decision makers and SME’s in RD&E, manufacturing, and marketing.



  • Anticipates changes in customer products and technology and uses this information to help position Corning products accordingly.
  • Knows the market’s view of Corning’s products and services. Continuously builds knowledge in current and possible customer trends and state-of-the-art optical transmission technologies. Data Gathering and Analytical Skills:
  • Understands critical issues and implications of the product line strategy and obtains relevant facts and data to support well-informed strategy development and business decisions.
  • Recognizes important patterns, trends, and themes in data and market / customer information.



  • Communicates with honesty, clarity, directness, and awareness of different cultures.
  • Communicates business direction and proactively engages product team to inspire commitment.


Travel Requirements:

  • ≥ 15% domestic & international travel expected.


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, 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.

Nearest Major Market: Corning