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Plant Controller - Corning Life Sciences; Bedford, MA

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Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Bedford, MA, US, 01730-1414

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57566


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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

Corning, Inc.

Plant Controller – Bedford, MA: Corning Life Sciences (CLS)

Req 57566


Scope of Position:

Provide financial leadership for Bedford manufacturing plants as well as the Division finance department in meeting all financial and managerial accounting requirements. The Bedford plant is in the Corning Life Sciences division.


Reasons You Should Apply for this Role:

  • Within the next year, the capacity of this plant will almost double. You will have some settling in time before that happens.
  • This will be the first Corning plant to migrate from PeopleSoft 9.8 to SAP S4/HANA
  • This plant has the largest backorder log of any other CLS plant within Corning
  • And lastly - this role has national and global visibility. Your next role has yet to be written!


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Lead the finance function for the Bedford plant and be a key member and decision maker of the management staff.

• Proactively utilize business partnership skills to move the plant to better cost understanding and higher profitability.

• Analyze and report on key plant operational and accounting metrics. Present plant financial performance in various forums as required.

• Ensure timely and accurate completion of relevant accounting activities, including month end close, period reporting, fixed asset management, inventory valuation, product costing, budgeting, GreenBook, and overall asset and liability control.

• Lead financial awareness and understanding among plant employees by hosting various training opportunities.

• Ensure appropriate support of CLSs divisional requirements and Corning Finance functions.

• Implement and ensure business adherence to internal finance controls including data and reporting standards and compliance (Sarbanes Oxley regulations, internal and external audits).

• Design and implement programs, processes, and procedures to reduce cycle time and enhance decision making in support of the achievement of corporate, function, and business goals and objectives.

• Provides finance expertise and decision support to business leaders in support of the division strategy (efficient turnaround time to inquiries from internal customers).

• Identifies and assess the financial implications (ROI, IRR & Payback) of capital investments.

• Monitor, identify, and support deviations to budget and forecast.

• Provide plant staff timely (during the month) variations to forecast and mitigation options before period close.

• Support On-Site Development groups with experimentation costs, charge outs, project analytics and Capital AR financials.

• Ability to take on various ad-hoc responsibilities as required.

• Support S4 implementation

• Ability and willingness to spend time on production floor; learn and understand manufacturing processes and products.

• Focus on Cost Reduction

• Fundamental understanding on plant / product costs

• Drive Cost Reduction initiatives

• Support engineering in identifying and calculating Cost Reduction implications for various projects / initiatives


Required Education/Skills:

• Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business Administration


Desired Education:



Years and Area of Experience:

• 3-5 years of relevant experience

• Assistant Controller or Controller experience (within or outside Corning)

• Proven knowledge of US GAAP


Required Skills:

• Strong financial and accounting background

• Deep understanding of financial controls

• Ability to be comfortable interacting and communicating with individuals from all aspects of the business, including plant staff and senior managers. • Strong Excel & PowerPoint Skills

• Ability to be creative in providing financial solutions to business leaders.


Soft Skills:

• Team player

• Business partner

• Ability to act on initiative

• Customer focused

• Ability to embrace change and act under pressure in fast-paced environment

• Culturally sensitive and savvy


This role does not support immigration sponsorship



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