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Strategic Sourcing Manager, Packaging

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Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57673


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.

Day to Day Responsibilities: (role within group / projects within group)

• Develop and implement sub-category strategies for multiple divisions/sites to optimize cost.

• Develops and/or assists with Strategic Sourcing plans/strategies and objectives (short & long term) based on forecasts of future demand and taking into account economic and currency trends and conditions that affect Product &Technology, the business, and the global commodity sourced.

• Furnish market conditions, pricing, shortages or technical information to divisional procurement and business responsible and makes recommendations

• Leads the development and communication of global supply intelligence for assigned commodities. (i.e. Market intelligence, should cost modeling, low cost sourcing activities, consortiums, etc.)

• Recommend and implement process change and enablers required to shift current fragmented spend and project procurement to a category management methodology • Identify, lead and communicate cost reduction opportunities across multiple plants and businesses

• To carry out the negotiations for key suppliers and ensure adequate contract cover within the portfolio with divisional sourcing resources to be compliant with the Global Delegation of Authorities/Signatories policy.

• Works with the Business Supply Managers, Global Strategic Sourcing Managers, and Divisional procurement Buyers on developing and executing Shared objectives

• Share the best practices across the divisions to maximize Corning benefits

• Manage key supplier performance where necessary to ensure uninterrupted supply

• Conducts negotiations with potential and/or current major suppliers to obtain maximum value in terms of packaging specification and design.

• Owns the Supplier Relationship Management process for the assigned commodities and developing and cultivates effective relationships with key suppliers.


Scope of Position:

• Reporting to Global Strategic Sourcing Manager – Packaging, this role will lead the strategic procurement activities for packaging categories for the NAFTA based businesses (Life science, Environment, Pharmaceutical, Optical fiber and connectivity), and selected global categories (Paper and Resin based packaging materials).

• The role will develop and drive procurement strategies around various packaging, will look for opportunities to rationalize our supply base, and bring cost-effective procurement to the businesses by centralizing the strategic sourcing element of this activity.

• The role will work closely with a wide internal Customers base as well as other Functional Service leaders in order to identify business and functional customers’ priorities and closely align with business/functional strategies. In many cases these activities will be performed as part of a cross-functional team, but the incumbent will lead the process and be responsible for implementing solutions.

• Packaging Material Knowledge: o Proficiency in flexible, corrugated, rigid and distribution packaging materials.

o Understands packaging processes relative to supplier operations, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain.

• Understands packaging commodity indexes for plastics, paper, corrugated and wood.


Required Skills {These are skills that candidates MUST possess}

1. Strong communication skills, both written and oral

2. Engaging and capable of building strong internal customer, internal procurement and external supplier relationships

3. Customer focused

4. Self motivated, takes initiative

5. Ability to multi-task, manage many changing priorities and be flexible

6. Problem solving, root cause identification and follow through to permanent solutions

7. Global negotiation skills

8. Global commodity strategy development and business alignment

9. Good listening skills / Attention to details

10. Strong data analysis skills


Desired Skills {These are skills that would be nice for candidates to possess}

1. Industry knowledge – strong market, technical and procurement background sourcing raw materials

2. Innovative contracting in volatile markets to assure competitive pricing models

3. Having a technical / engineering background or experience - Prefer packaging material engineering background or experience - Prefer experience with glass and/or ceramic manufacturing 4. Project Management skills Soft Skills {Communication/Team/Leadership}


1. Capable of working independently but knows when to ask questions for guidance

2. Works effectively in teams

3. Can communicate with all levels of the organization globally Deal Breakers Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

As the job requires which may exceed 40 hours a week with travel Travel


Requirements: (Please note if international) 20% _ travel commitment, this could include travel to Europe and Asia along with the necessary domestic travel



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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