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Augmented Reality Technology Manager

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Date: Jul 30, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54544

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.


Purpose of the Position:


Technology leadership for the development, optimization and delivery of key technologies needed for novel near-eye display product solutions:

  • Glass materials and a variety of glass product configurations including glass development from composition, melting & forming technologies, post forming processes to achieve target material properties, and finishing technologies to deliver final glass product specification at cost target.
  • Optical substrate and component configurations
  • Optical coatings on a variety of substrate materials
  • Optical modeling of component-level performance of devices incorporating the above solutions
  • Metrology systems and procedures to quantify product-relevant performance
  • Reliability of near-eye display products and component technologies
  • Benchmarking performance of competitive systems and alternative technologies
  • Establishing and qualifying the supply chain partners as appropriate
  • Lead global technology deliver across R, D and E, with deep technical engagement with Manufacturing and supply chain partners
  • Ownership of cost model and cost reduction portfolio
  • Lead and deliver technology strategy and roadmaps to meet the goals and intent of the business strategy


Lead technical customer engagements for existing customers in collaboration with commercial counterparts including:

  • Provide technical leadership Corning product design-in activities at targeted customers and provide needed technical expertise on our products and technology solutions
  • Ensure deep engagement with customers and ecosystem with joint experiments and programs
  • Supporting customer requested product testing and product trouble-shooting
  • Develop and document thorough understanding of customers’ roadmap for all segments, applications, products and attributes; Integrate into business technology roadmap and product line plans
  • Develop and document thorough understanding of customers’ processes from a product, design development and manufacturing perspective to extract insight for creating value in Corning product definition and development
  • Understanding customer requirements and translating these requirements to product specifications and performance attributes
  • Define product performance targets, justification and clear prioritization (attributes to win, threshold attributes, future differentiators, etc.)
  • Effective and Efficient Transfer of new products and processes from research to development and engineering to manufacturing.
  • Overall technical program management of multiple, parallel work-steams and multi-discipline technical teams with budget and resource responsibility.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and execution of technology development programs and projects
  • Hands-on technical work as necessary in support of development programs and projects
  • Establish deep understanding of Augmented Reality ecosystem, including markets, products, and technology leaders
  • Develop product and technology roadmaps near-eye display technology roadmap; identify how Corning Precision Glass Solutions capabilities can address emerging needs related AR/MR
  • Develop extensive network across the industry; Initiate and drive external technical partnerships
  • Customer engagements with commercial counterparts
  • Required interactions with research, development, engineering, and operations
  • IP portfolio and strategy to support technology development
  • Develop and maintain competitive technology landscape and assessment
  • Budget/spending management.


Education & Experience: Ph.D. or M.S. required, in material science or related field or optical science/engineering with a materials emphasis.

At least 10 years of industrial R&D experience with at least 3-5 years of technology leadership and management experience.


Required Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of and experience working with optical materials, materials processing and their use in novel optical components and systems.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience working with a variety of optical material disciplines including optical glasses.
  • Demonstrated technology development leadership, execution, delivery, and management experience.
  • Ability to identify and lead the execution the critical path on complex and convoluted initiatives.
  • Experience in leading global cross-functional and diverse technology teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to do hands-on technical work; willing and able to lead modeling and experimental problem solving and troubleshooting by example.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with customers to define customer needs/requirements, translation of those to product specifications and attributes, and providing customer product support at accelerated pace. Very responsive and engaging with customers to address challenges and to support product adoption.
  • Demonstrated experience leading customers through technology trade-off and implementation decisions resulting in launched consumer electronics products.
  • Ability to establish and foster technology engagement with supply chain partners to deliver capabilities and products.
  • FMEA and MEE expertise and experience.  


Desired Skills:

  • Experience interacting with international customers/partners.
  • Experience managing across and interacting with multi-site/multi-organization teams.
  • Knowledge of and experience with near-eye displays.
  • Knowledge of and ability to influence and contribute to quality architecture.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in systematic innovation and use of the relevant tools.


Soft Skills:

  • Leadership skills
  • High judgement
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to summarize complex technical concepts to senior executives
  • Organization skills:
    • Organized with good planning and time management skills
    • Effective in interaction and communication with external customers
    • Ability to effectively organize, participate in and lead cross-functional and diverse technology teams
  • Ability to gain trust and cooperation from a diverse set of internal colleagues and external customers
  • Ability to build relationships within cross functional groups
  • Effective in highly ambiguous and fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter; highly independent
  • Positive attitude, flexible and committed work ethic
  • Ability to engage and work with diverse team and diverse functions/disciplines


Work Schedule: 40+, flex-time.


Travel Requirements: Domestic and international travel required (25% routine, up to 50% at times to support customer integration of Corning technologies).


This position does 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.

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