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HR Consultant, Blacksburg

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Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 43989


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 Human Resource (HR) Function provides an integrated talent management system that delivers a workforce that is Corning's competitive differentiator in the global marketplace.

HR provides service offerings that align solutions to business challenges by ensuring the programs are Effective, Efficient, Global, Scaleable, and Repeatable.  Corning’s Values are operationalized by the HR Function through the facilitation of Talent Management offerings, as well as programs and processes that aid in making Corning’s Values visible.

Purpose of the Position: As the HR Generalist for the Blacksburg site, you will support and partner with the HR team and Plant Leadership to align with HR objectives and initiatives to the business strategy.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • •Supports the plant HR manager to ensure that the Blacksburg plant has the right talent to execute the plant’s strategy and achieve desired business results.
  • Supports labor relations effort for unionized workforce.
  • Supports site deployment of HR, ER, and LR strategies.
  • Ensures that the plant establishes and maintains a positive work environment and operates as “One Corning” in support of Corning values.
  • Assists in achieving or beating budgetary objectives in support of top quartile performance objectives while maintaining appropriate level of HR service delivery.
  • Assists in successful implantation of global HR business processes in the plant.
  • Ensures plant compliance with HR-related legal and regulatory guidelines.
  • Effectively manage the hiring process for all hourly and temporary employees.
  • Takes ownership for specific HR initiatives that support the effective operations of the organization by developing and or delivering HR programs (e.g. attendance tracking, training, and employee communications).
  • Partner with the Medical department to manage all workers compensation cases, EAP case management, FMLA and Disability as required for procedural and legislative purposes.
  • Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.
  • Effectively manage the facility AAP process and continue to be in compliant with specific rules & regulations.
  • Develops an understanding of processes and tasks to best equip manufacturing workforce and facilitate cross training strategy
  • Works with the various plant functions to include: operations, warehousing, and maintenance to recognize hiring, onboarding, and retention opportunities
  • Supports Operations in weekend team
  • Serves as a liaison with Operations and Human Resources relative to hiring, on-boarding, and retaining talent. May serve as subject matter expert when interacting with contingent employee vendors.
  • Optimize through redesign or refresh existing training materials, procedures, etc. to improve overall retention, safety behaviors, and application. Leverage new methods, and industry best practices
  • Development of Cross-Training Plan to address bottlenecks, resourcing and optimize overall staffing levels
  • Leverages various assessment practices like surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, to regularly define opportunities for growth and development

Project involved with:

  • Assists in successful implementation of global HR business processes in the plant.
  • Ensures plant compliance with HR-related legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Identifies employee value proposition issues affecting turnover and works with Plant HR Manager to identify action for improvement (e.g. employee climate survey, positive employee relations initiatives, affinity group facilitation).
  • Policy and Procedure project review with effective communication and rollout of revised HCF policies.

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 3+ years of HR experience (generalist/specialist).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business, Labor Relations or equivalent.
  • Successful track record of performance working in Manufacturing environment.
  • Successful track record of performance as a Plant HR Specialist, Generalist or Center of Excellence (COE) role.

Required Skills:

  • Hands-on self-starter, capable of juggling multiple priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, allowing for communication across entire organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills.
  • Ability to foster change and promote and implement improvement.
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet)

Desired Skills:

  • Master’s degree in related area and/or HR certifications desired, but not required
  • Applied Six Sigma, Lean or Kaizen experience.
  • Successful track record in the deployment of global HR business processes or programs.
  • Business and financial insight
  • Organizational agility
  • Strong knowledge of applicable laws and ability to quickly interpret, apply, and administer policies and procedures

Soft Skills:

  • Strong social and organizational savvy
  • Role model for integrity and champion the Corning values
  • Collaborator and relationship builder
  • Ability to understand context and properly represent, comprehend, and understand another’s point of view
  • Win/win problem solving mindset
  • Patient and resilient, yet willing to challenge and stimulate difficult discussions necessary to move the business forward

Travel Requirements:  <10%


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, or 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: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia