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Plant Quality Manager, Bedford

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Date: Mar 4, 2023

Location: Bedford, MA, US, 01730-1414

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59466


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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.

Scope of Position:

In this role, you will be accountable for product and process compliance to regulatory, customer and Corning Life Sciences standards. We look for you to provide leadership, development and coaching for the plant quality organization. As a member of the plant Leadership Team, the Quality Manager shares accountability for overall plant performance for safety, quality, service, and continuous improvement. We look for you to promote the creation of a culture of Quality throughout the plant and ensures compliance with CLS quality systems, policies, procedures, and practices and all local, state, federal and Corning safety regulations, policies and procedures.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining plant strategic quality plan and policies.
  • Accountable for the effective execution of processes carried out by prioritizing and managing people, resources and budget to accomplish expected requirements and performance.
  • Engages and provides leadership directions/objectives, coaching and personal development of Associates to perform to their best ability and meet both personal and plant objectives.
  • Acts as the plant “Management representative” for Notified Bodies and liaison with Regulatory authorities and customers, by hosting related audits and ensuring effective resolution.
  • Builds an influential and effective network and communication with Plant Leadership Team, CLS Division Quality and Regulatory functions, other plant Quality Managers and other key functions (Business Ops, Development, GSM, Engineering, Supply Chain, etc.) to ensure alignment around global and local priorities and in driving overall plant performance relying on a strong culture of Quality and Continuous Improvement.
  • Maintains the Quality Systems to ensure compliance to international standards (ISO) and other industry standards such as USP, ASTM, GLP, etc. as applicable.
  • Ensures that Management Reviews are conducted in collaboration with the plant manager
  • Ensures that timely, accurate, qualified and cost-effective testing is performed on Raw Materials, Critical Facility Utilities, In-process Materials, Finished Goods and Procured Finished Goods.
  • Ensures that appropriate Quality Assurance and Quality Control resources are available to assist in the resolution of technical issues affecting supply of Raw Materials, Critical Plant Utilities, In-process Materials, Finished Goods and Procured Finished Goods.
  • Develops/approves strategic quality planning. Directs, reviews, and evaluates Quality Assurance projects.


Travel Requirements:



 Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or relevant
  • Combination of 5 years of related Quality experience in a manufacturing setting
  • Prior supervisory/managerial experience required


Required Skills:

  • Must be familiar with 21 CFR parts, 820, 210/211, ISO9001, 13485
  • Must have participated in audits/inspections
  • Strong knowledge base in all aspects of Quality including validation, calibration, quality control
  • Knowledge of key statistical methods and proficiency in Continual Improvement Methods (Lean / Six Sigma) required.
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office tools, Electronic Document Management Systems and SAP


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Pharmaceutical / Medical Device, Automotive or other regulated industry
  • ASQ Certifications (CQA / CQE / CMQOE) preferred
  • CQE certification preferred
  • Production or engineering management preferred
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt preferred.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of manufacturing related accounting and other financial systems including budget processes is beneficial.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required to interact with a broad range of associates at various levels of the organization. This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning Puts YOU First! 


We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 


  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals. 


Corning’s culture is built on close relationships, and the networks we form while bringing life-changing innovations to our world. It is the connections we build over many moments, big, small, professional, and personal. These moments shape our careers and our lives, and are what make Corning, Corning.  

Visit here to learn more about how Corning is changing the world and shaping society with glass and ceramics.   


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.