Assistant Product Line Manager

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Date: Jun 25, 2024

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63771


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 


Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

•    Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
•    Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
•    Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of light
•    Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
•    Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


Scope of Position:

The Assistant Product Line Manager is responsible for managing specific glass products within Semiconductor Materials product portfolio within the Advanced Optics division to maximize profitability through the product life cycle. The purpose of this position is to support product line growth through alignment of customer and market needs with internal capabilities. This includes supporting and leading product line plan formulation and execution with a cross-functional (operations, development, engineering, sales, and marketing) organization.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the AO commercial and technical organizations to understand market trends, technologies, and competitive products.
  • Help to develop and articulate our value propositions, product attributes, specifications, basis of competition and product trajectory; become expert on downstream use of our products.
  • Support the development of SM annual product line plans, Green Book (5-year plan) and Black Book (Budget); Plan to win detailing the investments required to grow capabilities, sales, and profit in line with the 4P policies.
  • Provide and maintain necessary commercial tools such as innovation roadmaps, product roadmaps, value propositions, sample production plans, and pricing.
  • Centralize and expand on all product and process attribute data, maintaining technical validity and accuracy of sell sheets and sales pitch deck as customer interests and markets evolve.
  • Lead and/or assist in coordinating technical customer engagements, including preparation of technical slide decks and management of action plans.
  • Serve as project leader for resolving select quality issues and associated product evolution.
  • Lead or participate in annual Product Line Plan activities as required:
    • Competitive advantage analysis and product value proposition
    • Pricing, placement, and promotion policy
    • Customer management strategy
    • Environmental analysis including industry trends, competitive analysis, and customer roadmaps and needs.
    • Plan to win detailing the investments required to grow capabilities, sales, and profit in line with the 4P policies.
    • Create detailed statements of work to support quotes for projects including multi-phase development efforts, working with PLM and Account managers to ensure such documents comply with all contractual requirements as defined with legal.
    • Lead or assist with technical road mapping, including attribute improvement and product expansion in line with customer roadmaps.
    • Lead the summarization and external communication of internally driven or supplier-driven process changes to customers, including presentation of supporting data.
    • Lead or support the translation of customer requirements into internal product requirements, process input and output conditions. Coordinate the manufacturing of samples.
    • Support continuous understanding and active protection of the Corning IP portfolio and interaction with the Corning IP legal team.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or equivalent   
  • 2-3 years of experience in technology-driven manufacturing business in account management, applications engineering, or engineering role closely supporting customers or new product development. 
  • Strong quantitative skills, preferably with experience in finance, forecasting, or operations
  • Ability to manage business relationships using combination of data driven analysis, strategic thinking, networking, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced working environment supporting the Mobile Consumer Electronics industry.
  • Extensive knowledge with Microsoft Office products: Excel, Word, Outlook.


Desired Skills:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering, Physics, or Materials Science
  • MBA
  • 3-5 years experience in engineering, project management, or manufacturing experience in technology-leading company with tangible (not service) products


Travel Requirements: 

  • Up to 25% primarily domestic 


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is  $97,472.00   -  $134,024.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

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