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IT Director, Data Management

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Date: Jul 22, 2021

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216 Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46345


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 Information Technology (IT) Function is leading efforts to align IT and Business Strategy, leverage IT investments, and optimize end to end business processes and associated information integration technologies.  Through these efforts, IT helps to improve the competitive position of Corning's businesses through IT enabled processes.  IT also delivers Information Technology applications, infrastructure, and project services in a cost efficient manner to Corning worldwide.

Location: Charlotte, NC, Corning, NY or Remote possibility

Data, automation and advanced analytics technologies are drastically transforming industrial manufacturers beyond point process automation to systemic, highly contextualized and data driven systems. Corning is building the foundational digital infrastructure for these company-wide efforts, and are looking for passionate, hard-working, and talented leaders that will drive foundation data management initiatives that are crucial to these efforts

Overview: The Data Management leader will work with our business, operations, governance and technology teams to build out an enterprise-wide data management technology strategy. The candidate will collaborate with business and technology in building out current and future data management states, business process, system interfaces, governance and technology platforms needed to enable a single source of truth for critical master data such as Supplier, Customer, and Materials. This role will lead and oversee a team responsible for providing master data management, data quality, data governance, and data migration capabilities across Corning’s application landscape. The position will focus on establishing and ensuring alignment to an enterprise data governance framework and for operationalizing Master Data Management, Data Quality, and other data policies, standards and practices across IT and Business/Functional area levels, to achieve the required level of governance, consistency, quality of data needed to meet overall business needs. This role will be a key position that supports Corning’s multi-year ERP transformation which has data management as a critical component.

Primary Role & Responsibilities:

  • Drive strategic roadmap and operational framework for Enterprise Master Data Management and Master Data Governance, in collaboration with key functional partners
  • Lead all aspects of and standardize data structures, attributes, taxonomies and needed governance for master data across multiple domains, systems, operating units, in agreement with Corning long-term business applications strategy
  • Develop, test, and deploy Master Data Governance, Data Services, and Information Steward applications in alignment with ERP Transformation strategy
  • Develop, test, and deploy data migration services and offerings for profiling, cleansing, rationalizing and loading legacy ERP data into SAP S/4 and MDG.
  • Design and architect integrations between MDM systems and other systems using standard connectors, publish-subscribe, and other mechanisms
  • Operate an effective Governance Model with the right balance of Structure, Standardization, Speed, Agility, and Business requirements to build a foundation for developing mature MDM/MDG practices and long-term organizational capabilities
  • Evaluate and implement new data management technologies and software engineering tools (automation projects, process improvements, etc.) to improve data quality and health
  • Educate business and operations teams on data stewardship and MDM best practices by providing needed exception reports, analytics, and continuous process improvement recommendations
  • Oversee the documentation and design business process flows for governance and data management • Build out and develop an MDM technical team to support the design, build, test, and operations of master data management capabilities across the company.
  • Provide oversight into data, data systems, and process improvements required to supervise and improve data quality
  • Define key performance indicators for quality and compliance metrics to ensure data related policies and standards are followed and being embraced, and provide a data governance scorecard
  • Acts as a SME to explain all facets of data management, business process, and architecture acting as a liaison between Business Partners and Technology teams
  • Oversee the SAP Data dictionary and support the use of data in SAP OTC, RTR, and PTP processes
  • Partner with integration teams, on the design and oversight of APIs and other data sharing capabilities in collaboration with Transformation Strategy, and short/ long term business needs
  • Implement master data management standards, enforce data governance procedures, and ensure data integrity across multiple platforms
  • Convene data governance teams and operating mechanisms, currently spread out across disparate functions
  • Remove boundaries by encouraging creative thinking and problem solving to build a culture of data quality and health
  • Drive functional accountability by promoting a robust data governance and measurement framework

Education Requirements:  Bachelor of Science in Business, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, or appropriate combination of education and experience in crucial duties and responsibilities

Work Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in delivering data management and master data capabilities in a large company environment
  • 7+ years designing, implementing, supporting, and analyzing enterprise scale database solutions that perform extract/transform/load (ETL) operations with internal and external data sources
  • 7+ years of leading an application development team
  • 5+ years of leading cross-functional data governance
  • Solid understanding of master data management, preferably in a manufacturing industry
  • Demonstrated experience in defining standard methodologies in areas such as Product and Customer data management, product attribution and taxonomies, metadata management, data quality management, root cause analysis and process design
  • Proven track record and experience of successfully standing up data management teams and solutions, across multiple domains
  • Demonstrable understanding of Product, Supplier, and Customer data, with an emphasis on SAP master data domains, and the needed data structures and taxonomies to support successful end-to-end lifecycle
  • Expertise in 1-2 MDM tools and hands on experience
  • Experience with data quality and management solutions
  • Prior project management experience
  • Strong intuition for business and analytical skills
  • Comfort working in an agile development lifecycle and tools such as Jira Rally, and Trello
  • Experience working with 3rd party system integrators or implementation partners
  • Solid understanding of data, databases, data tools (e.g. SQL) and data processing experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SAP Master Data Governance, Information Stewards, and Data Services
  • Experience working with SAP FI/CO, MM, SD or PM and Master Data.
  • Experience in complex SAP environments supporting multiple components

General Qualifications: The Data Management leader must be an effective strategist, communicator, and collaborator. The successful candidate for this position will have the following general experience and expertise:

  • Very deep understanding of various business data domains (e.g. Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales and Supply-chain)
  • Provide leadership in design and implementation of solutions, strategies and technologies.
  • Clear thinker who anticipates and develops strategies for anticipated future consequences and trends on both application and infrastructure areas.
  • Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers
  • Works collaboratively with multiple levels to develop innovative or creative solutions that work effectively
  • Copes with change and decides well without having the total picture
  • Solves difficult problems with effective solutions using rigorous logic and methods
  • Knowledgeable about current and possible future IT trends and technology
  • Provides direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others
  • Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably
  • Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose
  • Possesses strong IT, planning, and financial knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Hands on approach, while managing through influence
  • Proven ability to inspire change across a large organization
  • Strong execution and implementation ability in a complicated business environment
  • Team-oriented, collaborative environment leadership skills
  • Effective leadership, organization, and planning skills, with ability to handle changing priorities
  • Demonstrated track record of on time delivery within budget
  • Ability to lead international teams across multiple initiatives that span various lines of business, geographic borders, time zones, and cultures
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work in team environment and motivate others


  • Limited work travel
  • Authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis


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.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte