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Plant Technical Buyer

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Date: Nov 11, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47179


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.

Scope of Position:

Support the plant through the timely procurement of quality materials in support of the manufacturing plan. Execute procurement strategies that Assure Supply and Optimize Total Cost of Ownership for the Plant.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Procurement Activities:
  • Responsible for tactical and technical procurement execution for assigned material, equipment and services. Duties include communication to supplier, submission of POs, monitoring of deliveries, expediting materials and resolving billing discrepancies as needed
  • Submits requests for new vendor setup in the system
  • Works with Operations and the Business Teams to execute the Key Commodity Strategies
  • Ensures compliance to the Global Buying Policy
  • Manages relationships with supplier customer service representatives
  • Protects Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Creates and maintains contractual documents (Supply Agreements, Pricing Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Certificates of Insurance, etc.) Quality/Supplier Management
  • Primary point of contact on supplier relations necessary to supply the plant effectively and efficiently.
  • Supports supplier quality audits and supplier meetings.
  • Collects, analyzes and summarizes supply management performance metrics against objectives including quality, cost, on-time delivery and lead-time. Communicates results and works with suppliers to drive continuous improvement.
  • Works with Quality, Warehouse and Product Engineering to ensure proper disposition of rejected materials.
  • Evaluate supplier corrective action report and provide approvals

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Technical Field or Supply Chain/Business and minimum of 3 years of experience
  • Strong analytical abilities with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, throughout all internal levels of the organization and externally
  • High degree of initiative and motivation with ability to work in a matrix environment or within a cross functional team
  • Proven organizational and time management skills
  • Computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge / familiarity with optical manufacturing fabrication and processes
  • Familiarity with optical glass specifications of quality
  • Basic optical principles in imaging systems
  • Education, training or certification (CPSM,CPIM, etc.) in a supply chain function
  • Knowledge and understanding of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems.
  • Negotiation, purchasing or commodity experience
  • Project management experience

Soft Skills:

  • Results oriented, self-motivated
  • Customer focus: able to gather and understand customer requirements and objectives
  • Effective team player
  • Able to be persuasive in negotiations, as required
  • Comfortable working with cross functional teams
  • Conflict management
  • Ability to influence
  • Time management

Travel Requirements:

  • 5-10% travel.
  • Trips to Corning locations and supplier sites for site audits, quality resolution, price negotiations, supplier business reviews, supplier development or project coordination.
  • Travel may also be associated with training and development.

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

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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