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Optical Technology Manager - Automotive Networking

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Date: Sep 1, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57191


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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.



Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, building and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems. Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played a meaningful role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through a creative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive reciprocal culture.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


Corning is looking for a technology manager to lead the development of optical connectivity solutions for automotive application. This role is part of a team tasked to identify and develop new business opportunities for Corning’s innovations within Automotive space. Individual in this role will work closely with program leader as well as with other functional leaders in the program and across multiple business units. 


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Technology lead for a cross functional team that is responsible to deliver high performance, robust, cost-effective optical connectivity solutions to capture growth opportunities in the emerging high data rate automotive connectivity market.
  • Take ownership for the overall technical workstream including product development, evaluation, testing and modeling.    
  • Lead technology delivery through early-stage research, development and engineering activities and subsequent transition into manufacturing.
  • Skillfully work across multiple functional organizations and across business units.
  • Work with project team members to solve process, engineering and equipment related challenges.
  • Work with commercial teams to align customer requirements and Corning capabilities.
  • Set technology priorities and tactical direction for the team based on impact to business results, allocated resources and timelines required to manage and support a new market application.
  • Actively manage the technical progress and risks in order to proactively mitigate critical barriers and deliver technology on time.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team.
  • Develop a high level fundamental understanding of high data rate links in automotive systems, as well as the key attributes that Corning can impact through optical technologies.
  • Work across businesses to ensure efficient communications and alignment of technology road-maps.
  • Support program lead with annual planning for technology needs, budgeting, and resources.


Required Skills:

  • Experience and expertise in one of more of the following areas:
    • Optical Physics, Mechanical Reliability, Glass or inorganic brittle Materials
  • Demonstrated experience in leading early-stage product development projects/programs.
  • Successful development and delivery of new highly technical products for optical systems.  
  • Proven technology leadership experience.
  • Strong technical leadership skills that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges.
  • Demonstrated technology leadership experience with ability to achieve results through a highly matrixed project team.
  • Ability to effectively manage emerging customer and market requirements associated with early stage projects.
  • Ability to interface with senior management and provide clear concise technology strategies resources needs and trade-offs.
  • Ability to effectively leverage and manage both internal and external resources. Individual must be capable of executing project assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges


 Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of product and application experience with high data rate links inside vehicles.
  • Experience with product qualification and reliability testing processes.
  • Experience in managing direct reports and/or matrixed resources.


 Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Normal Business Hours (8 – 5, M – F), however, expected to work hours required to achieve project objectives will regularly exceed 40 hours per week.


 Travel Requirements:

  • Estimated travel at 20% depending upon specific project assignment. Increased travel may be required to support customer and supplier engagements.   


Education and Experience:

  • BS, MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Materials Science.
  • 5+ years managing complex projects preferably involving optical cables or new technology/material development for automotive markets


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.

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