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Lean Engineer

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Date: Jul 22, 2022

Location: Newton, NC, US, 28658

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54773


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.


PURPOSE OF POSITION: Plan, direct, and continually improve Lean Manufacturing initiatives at the site. Drive the implementation of Lean fundamental competencies (Value Stream Maps, Visual Performance Metrics, WPO, Kaizen, Work Standardization, Gemba Engagement) & transformational competencies (workplace design, inventory controls, capacity flexibility, flow smoothing, value add analysis, insignificant changeover) in order to continually improve performance in quality, cost, delivery, morale, & safety. Communicate and work with other Corning locations to ensure alignment with initiatives, promote best practice proliferation, and ensure inter-plant consistency of systems and procedures. Develop and implement systems, procedures, and projects required to successfully accomplish plant, divisional, and corporate goals/objectives.



  • Clearly communicate the Lean group’s philosophy, vision, & expectations.
  • Deliver & improve the process of training and development of site employees regarding Lean concepts.
  • Assist with development & implementation of a strategy for a self-sustaining Lean program including metrics that support lean manufacturing philosophy.
  • Lead value stream mapping exercises to identify & document opportunities to improve the business (Current & Future State). Develop & execute project plans to achieve the Future State.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement activities via Mini Kaizens, Kaizen Blitzes, DMAIC projects & through daily interaction with site employees.
  • Facilitate leadership and others “going to Gemba” to truly understand and implement improvements.
  • Develop & implement sustainable 5S, visual control, Load Smoothing, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), & other Lean programs.
  • Facilitate the planning and implementation of workplace flow & layout, as well as equipment installations, modifications, and moves according to Lean concepts.
  • Document work done & results achieved. Develop & update standards as changes are made. Ensure PDCA cycles are followed.
  • Identify & horizontally deploy benchmark opportunities and develop partnerships with appropriate parties.
  • Plan and achieve divisional budget objectives for expense and capital items.



  • Lean program development
  • Training of lean group, site, & divisional employees
  • Layout of operations utilizing lean concepts
  • Capacity models for operations
  • VBA and Macro report development
  • Integration of lean concepts into existing systems (e.g. job descriptions, objectives, training systems, technology development, supply chain)



  • BS degree in Engineering and/or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods, systems, and production processes required.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal) required.
  • Must be process/results oriented and have organizational and attention-to-detail abilities.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers including (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, AutoCAD, analysis of manufacturing data).
  • Previous supervisory experience & background/familiarity of Lean concepts preferred.
  • Knowledge of blueprints and shop equipment.


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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