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Capital Project Manager

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Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: Concord, NC, US, 28026 Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49289


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Scope of Position:

The Project Management position will be responsible for leading Capital Projects to expand the capacity and capability of Global OFC Manufacturing Facilities. The Primary component of the scope will be upgrading and installing optical fiber manufacturing equipment complimentary components include facility and process services in addition to IT, Quality and Operational systems. Projects are greater than 10M with a mix of direct reports and matrixed resources and will typically be in the Optical Fiber sites – either in North America or International.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with OFC Technology Development teams to specify the technology to be delivered.
  • Utilize Corning’s Capital Management System (Capricorn) for project scope development and project execution.
  • Manage 3-10 project engineers and technicians plus matrixed project team members Interacting with leadership and peers throughout OFC to determine project objectives.
  • Lead the use of the Capricorn process to fully define project scopes, develop funding requests, and execute projects.
  • Define and Building project teams
  • Travel to the project execution site as necessary during project definition phase; Deploying to the project site as applicable during the project execution phase with deployments varying from 3-12+ months
  • Manage communication with all stakeholders, steering team, and project governance team
  • Manage project deliverables, scheduled and budgets to the approved project scope.


Required Skills:

  • BS or MS in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or Chemical Engineering. OR combination of a technical degree (design, electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial) and additional relevant project management and manufacturing equipment experience.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in leadership/management roles for capital manufacturing equipment projects or similar manufacturing engineering leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated Project Management proficiency.
  • Technical proficiency to actively participate in the selection of technologies for a project and to guide the project team in design and troubleshooting activities.
  • Strong analytical skills including the understanding of equipment, construction and manufacturing costs
  • Strong financial skills to manage project budgets and develop project business cases
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with team members, stakeholders, and division leadership, including multi-national diverse teams.
  • Adapt quickly to changing requirements
  • Willing to deploy to project sites.


Desired Skills:

  • Optical Fiber manufacturing experience – can be in development, engineering, or operations.
  • Project Management Professional certification
  • Technical or Manufacturing leadership experience
  • Manufacturing Equipment design and development experience


Soft Skills:

  • Collaborative Leadership – Team player in a cross-functional environment; Contributes by example with strong work ethic and attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Decision Quality – Makes good and timely decisions based on data, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  • Problem Solving – Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers
  • Rigor – Develops and maintains rigorous processes to manage project scope, schedule and budget; Uses scope change process to obtain approval on changes.
  • Effective Communication – to customers and internally, adaptable to all levels
  • Strategic Agility - Sees ahead clearly, can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately, and can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans


Hours of work:

  • 40+ hours
  • Projects often require non-standard work weeks including weekends.


Travel Requirements:

  • Typically low during project planning/design phases (<25%);
  • Can be 100% during project Execution Phase.
  • Deployment may be within North Carolina or to India, China, Europe.

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, 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
Nearest Secondary Market: Concord