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Date: Sep 14, 2022

Location: Concord, NC, US, 28026

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57425


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.

Job Title:

Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager - MRO Parts


Day to Day Responsibilities: (role within group / projects within group) Provide comprehensive management for the MRO category, in support of business units (BU) requirements, to include:


• Identify and develop best-in-class value propositions for regional MRO Category Strategies.

• Lead supplier contract negotiations

• Scope, lead, participate, and implement stakeholder and BU driven projects.

• Collaborate with designated Subject Matter Experts, Project Leaders, Category Owners, and Strategic Sourcing Managers on assigned strategic sourcing management projects, incl. the preparation and solicitation of competitive bids, quotes, & proposals with pertinent specifications, terms & conditions that provides advantages to Corning Businesses.

• Manage eAuctions or other competitive bidding process in alignment with Global Objectives

• Experienced with digital tools and their usage (Power BI, Risk Methods, Elementum, Digital Marketplace, etc.)

• Own, maintain & develop comprehensive portfolio covering current & future cost-optimizing opportunities.

• Develop & ensure procurement risk mitigation plan for overall portfolio in alignment with stakeholder requirements.

• Manage Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and lead Quarterly Business Reviews monitoring both commercial & operational performances, benchmarked against SRM metrics.

• Develop supplier network in response to global capacities (incl. emerging markets);

• Consolidate and manage harmonized regional spend analytics.

• Lead the critical analysis of global supply intelligence reports for assigned commodities (incl. relevant trade market intelligence reports, commodity price indices, up/down stream petrochemical market cycles, global market trends, and geopolitical factors) to then develop and communicate, to stakeholders, fact-supported accurate should-cost modelling, competitive-cost sourcing, forecasting reports.

• Identify key stakeholders within the value-chain, including strategic consortium partners, and develop leveraged spend opportunities.

• Observe regulatory compliance requirements (incl. documentary), and monitor and advise potential impacts to BU of new and emerging legislations.

• Develop, maintain and execute Shared Objectives and Service Level Agreements.

• Champion and advocate compliance to the Corning Global Buying Policy.

• Communicate positively and constructively with team members locally and globally.


Scope of Position: Reporting directly to Global Category Director, MRO within the Global Supply Management organization, this role will lead the strategic sourcing and procurement activities for the MRO Parts category covering the NA region, lead and support selected global initiatives, as well as manage the related global portfolio activities.


The successful incumbent will have extensive category management (direct/indirect materials), exposure to leading cost country sourcing, supplier management, strategic sourcing, category strategy development, technical capability, manufacturing understanding, a high degree of business acumen, able to leverage opportunity with risk mitigation, while remaining longsighted and patient.


The role will work closely with a wide internal customer base as well as other functional Corporate Centers of Excellence in order to identify business and operational priorities and ensure alignment with business’ functional strategies. In many cases these activities will be performed as part of a cross-functional team, but the incumbent is expected to lead the process and be responsible for implementing solutions.


This position is located in Concord, NC or Charlotte, NC or tbd.


Business language with Corporate is English. Within this newly formed steadily growing team, a strong emphasis is placed on bringing dynamic, innovative, out of the box solutions combined with new technologies, to compliment the more traditional procurement methods, while striving towards best-in-class end-to-end global supply chain management.


The incumbent shall comprehensively uphold Corning’s enduring set of Values that define our relationships with employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate in around the world: Quality; Integrity; Performance; Leadership; Innovation; Independence; and The Individual About Corning As the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, Corning invents, makes, and sells keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications, and life sciences.


Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture. We work closely with customers to understand their toughest challenges. Corning’s passion for science helps solve those problems with life-enhancing technologies.


Required Skills {these are skills that candidates MUST possess}

1. Fluent English;

2. Strong business acumen;

3. Results driven and process oriented;

4. Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement;

5. Strong market understanding of MRO Parts category and market drivers;

6. Exposure to leading cost country sourcing

7. Exposure to manufacturing

8. Category portfolio and project management;

9. Developed strategic, analytical, negotiation, contracting, and risk mitigation skills;

10. Ability to establish positive sustainable relationships with suppliers and internal customers;

11. Experience across multiple businesses, division and/or technologies;

12. Having worked in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, highly matrixed, cross-functional teams and environments.


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

1. Technical/engineering and international business background;

2. Practical experience in organizational-theory;

3. Logistics, warehousing and inventory management.

4. Change Management;

5. Experience in other direct-material categories such as metals, utilities or others;

6. Additional regional Asia Pacific language(s) a plus;

7. Advanced knowledge of SAP and/or PeopleSoft;

8. Familiarity with e-solutions in professional services area and the use of e-auctions;

9. Managerial and leadership experience. Masters or MBA preferred.

10. Process Excellence Tools (Six Sigma Green or Black Belt, Lean, KT)

11. Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) Certified (CSCP, CPIM, CLTD) Soft Skills {Communication/Team/Leadership}


1. Ethical and acts with integrity, professionalism, reliability, and regard for social responsibility

2. Excellent cross-cultural skills

3. Well-developed communication skills: oral, written and presentation

4. Able to work without direct supervision but as member of a team

5. Multi-tasking, self-motivated and driven

6. Ability to simplify and organize complex situations



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