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Plant HR Manager, Keene

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Keene, NH, US, 03431

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55960


Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.


Aiming at deepening the connections between employees and Corning to enable the life-changing innovations, the global Human Resource (HR) Function focuses on culture, talent, global diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), as well as impact to evolve how HR provides strategic, proactive, and timely solutions to create a competitive advantage for Corning. HR will ensure Corning’s culture to attract and consistently develop the best global talent to deliver business needs, new and existing global employees choose a long career at Corning while Corning HR has also established an intuitive DE&I mindset and leverage diverse talent to enable breakthrough innovations.

Purpose of the Position:

The Plant HR Manager position is an onsite role located in Keene, New Hampshire.


Scope of Position:

As the plant HR Manager, you ensure the right talent is in place to execute plant strategy and achieve desired business results and ensuring that the plant realizes required levels of employee productivity and performance excellence. The plant HR Manager cultivates and maintains a positive work environment and operates as “One Corning” in support of Corning’s Values while providing optimal level of HR service and delivery in support of business goals and objectives. Partners closely with plant, division, and corporate leadership to ensure compliance to legal and regulatory guidelines while also ensuring the optimal balance in support of our employees, the business, and the company interests.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead labor/employee relations effort for union-free workforce.
  • Site deployment of HR strategies.
  • Coordinate and calibrate efforts with HR colleagues and leadership across the business unit to build processes in support of the vision of "one business” and “one company”.
  • Develop and deploy people movement and recruiting strategies in collaboration with HR and operations leadership across the business.
  • Manage the site-specific selection, recruitment, and orientation processes.
  • Develop site-specific policies, procedures, and guidelines aligned with applicable laws, regulations, and labor agreements.
  • Partner with Division HR and plant leadership to identify and implement a compelling employee value proposition that enables recruitment and retention of needed talent.
  • Effectively deploy HR shared service delivery model in support of HR transformational goals and required levels of client support.
  • Collaborate closely with Division HR to understand and implement HR programs that drive standardization across the division while ensuring plant business needs are met.
  • Function as the voice of the plant customer to HR to ensure that the type and level of services provided fully support achievement of plant business objectives.
  • Educate plant management in development and implementation of required programs and processes to drive a positive work environment through plant management and supervisors.
  • Resolve employee relations issues in a fair and consistent manner that recognizes employee needs and protects the need to operate in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.
  • Implement appropriate risk management policies and procedures to ensure plant compliance with safety requirements and local, state, and federal employment laws.


Education & Experience:

  • BS Degree in Human Resources, Business, Organization Development or Labor Relations or equivalent qualification/experience. Master’s degree and HR certification a plus.
  • 5 - 8 years progressive experience in the HR function required
  • Manufacturing and union/labor relations experience strongly preferred


Required Skills:

  • Experience in diverse HR roles with strong functional knowledge
  • Background in HR Management, conflict resolution, training and development, investigation skills
  • Able to operate independently and drive all aspects of the HR role for the plant
  • Advanced data analysis and computer skills
  • HR service orientation with a strong ability and passion for balancing the needs of the company, business, and our employees.
  • Expert level communication skills
  • Able to develop and deliver HR initiatives


Desired Skills:

  • Greenbelt certification
  • First line supervisor experience
  • Successful track record in the deployment of global processes or programs
  • Experience leading quality, training, safety, and security programs or projects
  • Work experience in designing and implementing effective organization structures and work processes that improve the plant’s ability to achieve desired results-production startup, expansion, or mature business optimization
  • Business and financial insight
  • Organizational agility
  • Strong knowledge of applicable laws and ability to quickly interpret, apply, and administer policies and procedures


Soft Skills:

  • Strong social and organizational savvy
  • Role model for integrity and champion the Corning values
  • Collaborator and relationship builder
  • Ability to understand context and properly represent, comprehend, and understand another’s point of view; Win/win problem solving mindset
  • Patient and resilient, yet willing to challenge and stimulate difficult discussions necessary to move the business forward


Travel Requirements (National/International; 0-100%):

10% National


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: Bellows Falls
Nearest Secondary Market: Keene