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Process Project Leader - PPD

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Date: Sep 21, 2021

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47436


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.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.

The Corning Environmental Technology Division is a leader in clean-air technologies for more than four decades. They hold market-leading emissions-control solutions for the world’s top automakers and engine manufacturers. The advanced cellular ceramic substrates and particulate filters help customers meet new environmental standards. Products include: Corning® Celcor® Substrates – Reduce emissions while ensuring high performance, efficiency, and flexibility, Corning® DuraTrap® Particulate Filters – Trap soot from diesel or gasoline exhaust, Corning® FLORA® Substrates – Reduce the harmful emissions that occur upon engine start up.


Purpose of this position:

To plan, support and lead workstreams on process and/or technology projects, including:

  • Develop or support new manufacturing technologies and methods
  • Develop and apply new and existing product attribute characterization methods
  • Improve existing manufacturing processes and capabilities
  • Develop methods and processes for the manufacture and characterization of new products
  • Develop methods, measurements and processes to improve existing products
  • Support manufacturing improvement initiatives, including variability reduction, defect reduction, process control improvement, 6-Sigma


Key Accountabilities:

To provide engineering expertise and leadership for equipment, process, methods and measurement technologies within the Environmental Technologies Product & Process Development (PPD) group. Lead technology and engineering project sub-teams.


Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, organize and execute major workstreams on projects to deliver improvement and step change capabilities
  • Project work scope typically includes design, development, manufacturing implementation, start-up and acceptance
  • Role includes individual contributor and project workstream leadership responsibilities
  • Manage internal Corning and external vendor resources to complete project deliverables
  • Apply knowledge of engineering principles and methods to resolve challenges
  • Support development and execution of PPD technology strategy, roadmap and project portfolio
  • Support problem-solving in manufacturing, including root cause identification and resolution
  • Apply process engineering knowledge, skills and experience from concept through delivery of process and equipment at manufacturing locations.


Projects Involved with:

Developing new and improving existing manufacturing technologies, process, equipment, methods and measurements. Developing methods, processes and measurements for the manufacture of new products. Developing machines, methods, measurements and processes to improve precision, quality, cost and efficiency of product attributes. Support manufacturing improvements, variability reduction, defect reduction, process control, capacity and 6-Sigma.


Role Within Group:

  • Provide project workstream leadership, technical and process engineering skills to meet department goals and objectives
  • Member of Product & Process Development group
  • Work with and facilitate alignment between manufacturing, development, engineering and process experts to deliver step change and improvement of process or equipment capabilities


Travel Requirements:

  • Travel should be expected, dependent on project assignments. International travel is possible. Typical travel requirement is 25%.   


Work Hours:

  • 40+ hours per week


Education / Experience:

  • BS/MS in an engineering discipline (ceramic, materials, or chemical preferred)
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering or development
  • Leadership potential demonstrated on project teams responsible for implementation of new processes or equipment into manufacturing


Required Skills:

  • Technical competence in process engineering.
  • Experience successfully developing and delivering technical projects or process improvements into manufacturing.
  • Experience with measurement, characterization or ceramics processing technologies.
  • Project leadership aptitude, including ability to achieve results through matrix organization or team.
  • Achieve results through application of rigorous project management and problem-solving methods, such as KT, MEE and 6-Sigma
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at technical problem-solving and decision-making.


Desired Skill:

  • Strong ceramic processing knowledge
  • Strong raw materials understanding (selection, beneficiation, characterization, and impact on process characteristics)
  • Demonstrated results developing and delivering step change innovations to manufacturing
  • Skills and experience with statistical process control and Design of Experiments methods
  • Experience with application of 6-Sigma methods
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in process improvement, measurement, characterization or ceramics processing.


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.

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