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Plant Supply Manager, Durham

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Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning


Requisition Number: 55365


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.

Job Title:

Plant Supply Manager, Durham


Role Purpose:

Involves the overall planning, implementation, and optimization of all activities and support required for the buying and delivery of products and services, from material acquisition through delivery. Primary areas include procurement and contracting, supply management, inventory management, logistics operations, supplier diversity, transportation and distribution.


Key Responsibilities:

• Represents Global Supply Management (GSM) within the plant/business which would involve engaging Corporate functions, Shared Services as well as Corporate GSM functions as necessary to assure global Buying Policy enforcement; global Customs Compliance adherence. Establishes linkage between GSM Strategy, Business Strategy and Plant Strategy through shared objectives.

• Assures Contribution Metrics are updated and linked with site/business cost reduction portfolio by active leader/member of cross-functional teams focused on process improvement, cost reduction and supply chain enhancements. Leverages site spend with business and corporate spend.

• Creates and maintains contractual documents (Supply Agreements, Pricing Agreements, Non Disclosure Agreements, Certificates of Insurance, etc.).

• Maintains effective supplier relationships by means of audits, visits, evaluations to review areas such as capabilities and capacities.

• Identifies new or alternative sources and develop risk mitigation plans specific to the plant.

• Collaborates with Division’s Strategic Sourcing and Contract Manufacturing groups on strategy plan and site execution.

• Develops Risk Mitigation plans where necessary.

• Conducts sourcing activities (RFQ’s/RFI’s, Analysis, Sourcing strategy/recommendations, contract negotiations, contract maintenance and enforcement).

• Engages early supplier involvement as necessary in new product development (process design, commodity overviews, IP opportunities, technical advantages, JDA, etc.).

• Locates and selects potential sources of materials or services (site specific excluding global commodities).

• Interacts with Global or Division Strategic Sourcing to understand the supply base and market dynamics, support execution of commodity and supplier sourcing strategy.

• Collaborates with planning or production control to effectively control material scheduling and planning.

• Works with Finance on standard setting and cost reduction budgeting, price forecasting, etc.

• Is main contact between Commodity and site for implementing change.

• Drives site implementation and advocacy of centralized RTP process.

• Is an active leader/member of cross-functional teams focused on process improvement, cost reduction and supply chain issue resolution, new product development.

• Evaluates competitive offerings to determine the best overall offering for a product or service.

• Communicates negotiation strategy to BPM and other key internal stakeholders in order to gain buyoff.

• Protects Intellectual Property (IP). Conducts IP audits.

• Ensures compliance with internal and external auditing requirements related especially to Quality, GSM or any other certification (if applicable).

• Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy. Ensures compliance.


Performance Metrics:

• Contribution Metrics

• E-Sourcing Events

• Critical supplier quality & performance metrics

• Shared Objectives Score %

• Global Objectives Performance

• Strategic/Critical Suppliers and/or % spend Under Contract/Management

• SLA: Degree of customer satisfaction (Cost/Quality/Service/Effectiveness/Efficiency/Value)

• Transaction Reduction and process simplification

• Inventory Turns/Days of Supply Competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviors):



• Conflict Management

• Cross-Cultural Agility

• Developing Direct Reports and Others

• Influencing Business

• Global Business Knowledge

• Problem Solving Function/Technical:

• Contract Writing/Management

• Financial Management

• Negotiation

• Price/Cost Analysis

• Supplier Relationship Management Leadership:


This role is a Level 3 role in Corning’s Global Leadership Model continuum.

Global Leadership competencies most pertinent to this role are:

• Act with Integrity and Authenticity

• Communicate and Engage

• Demonstrate Drive and Commitment

• Focus on Customers

• Leverage Talent

• Value Differences in People and Ideas


Experiences/Education: Required

• Bachelors Degree.

• Experience in manufacturing – operations, planning, quality, engineering, supply chain.

• Experience as a plant or corporate buyer.

• Experience with GSM processes and systems.

• Experience as a supervisor.

• Experience working in a matrix environment or on a cross functional team.

• Technical aptitude/capability.

• Experience in frontline or mainstream business experience.

• Willingness to be mobile globally. Desired

• Experience across multiple businesses, divisions and/or technologies.

• Experience in staff or project roles.

• Experience with global manufacturing and business through work, project experience.

• Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), APICS, or certification related to Supply Chain, etc


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: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh