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CSS Director, Finance Process Strategy & Transformation

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Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42211


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 Finance transformation vision to become a world-class finance organization is achieved by making significant improvements to our effectiveness while also driving efficiency increases in the function.

To date, our transformation efforts in the finance technology space have been opportunistic.  Our work has spanned across SAP BPC, Blackline, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), analytical tools with ERI, along with more recently providing functional support to corporate IT initiatives such as SAP Global Template and Display’s GZ & WH planned deployments.

We are currently at an inflection point with our process transformation and technology work. Both Finance and the broader Corning IT are making major investments in SAP that will have a lasting impact on our future; it’s imperative we have a well-constructed and well-executed plan for Finance.


In Finance, we must be more deliberate in formalizing driving the Process & Technology Roadmap, fully dedicate resources to operationalize the activities, and establish the internal systems (hard and soft) to ensure successful execution, achievement of our goals, and long-term sustainability for finance and the enterprise. We must establish a senior leadership role and the associated leadership and support structures to direct these efforts.

The Role:

The [Director, Finance Process Strategy and Transformation] position is responsible for providing leadership to the creation and implementation of the process and technology vision, strategy, and roadmap in support of our Finance transformation and goals to achieve World-class for our function.

This role directly provides senior leadership to the Process Strategy Organization (“the group”) which supports Corning’s global Finance function by providing thought leadership to the strategic development, planning and execution of leading policies, processes, tools, and technologies for end to end business process operations.  Collectively, the “group” is responsible for bringing subject matter expertise, strategy and technology direction to the end-to-end processes in Finance, and cross-functionally where processes intersect with non-Finance functions and businesses.  The group delivers value by driving strategic policy, process, technology, change management and training to further our mission to be a World-class Finance Function.


The role reports into Director of Corning Shared Services.




Role Expectations and goals:

Fully operationalize and lead a team that establishes and implements a thoughtful and informed process and technology roadmap for Corning Finance that leverages the following principles:

  • The roadmap is informed by leading practices/experiences for Finance enterprise transformations and deployments; balanced with the oportional priorities of Corning and Finance (incl. Finance 2020+)
  • Appropriate thought-leaders (internal and external) are engaged to regularly validate approach and resolve critical issues
  • Deployment approaches, decisions, timelines and sequences are considerate of both Finance goals and Corning enterprise-wide goals for process & technology advancement
  • Utilization of people, resources and investment dollars is factored into total cost of ownership (TCO) decisions and drives incremental value to Corning
  • Overall, the “Program” operates in an efficient, disciplined, collaborative and effective manner; driving to common goals and a shared vision for the future

Scope/Responsibilities of Position:

  • Provide direction, leadership and effective planning (talent and financial) to the Process Strategy Organization; consisting of Global Process & Technology Owners, Program Management, and Change Management, Communications, and Training
  • Work closely with CSS Regional Operation Senior Leadership to assure plan visibility assuring alignment of operating plans with the Transformation Strategy
  • Launch and be responsible for a Program Management Office who regularly engages, cross-collaborates, escalates, and jointly problem solves key issues impacting the roadmap’s success
  • Operationalize and facilitate an Executive Steering Committee to drive timely and pro-active communication, escalations, and decision-making on critical strategic and operational issues
  • Provide leadership to ensure the creation of the vision and charter of the cross-functional Finance Technology Council to accelerate information sharing, technology adoption, ongoing needs assessment, problem solving, and deeper engagement on technology related solutions across Finance
  • Spearhead the Finance collaboration and engagement with IT, external advisors, and other functional groups to lead the development and implementation of the Finance Process & Technology Roadmap “Roadmap” that both informs and responds to key business and finance-related transformation initiatives
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with other Corning Enterprise-led technology initiatives (digital transformation, analytics, etc.) to ensure cohesiveness of respective plans
  • Drive third-party engagement strategy for Finance, and lead the key external vendor/advisor relationships (e.g. SAP, Deloitte, E&Y, etc.) to ensure leading practices are understood and evaluated for implementation
  • On an ongoing basis, Identify and solve key resource/knowledge gaps required to ensure successful creation and implementation of the Roadmap and PSO enhancement

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