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Contract Manufacturing Engineer

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Date: Feb 21, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44122


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.


Scope of Role:


• The EIG Contract Manufacturing (CM) Engineer position supports the global Corning Research Development Corporation (CRDC) including supplier management and supply chain development.

• Responsible for the development and execution of CM discovery, qualification, onboarding and mgmt based on the EIG supply chain strategies.

• Evaluate CM capabilities, costs, and capacities through on-site visits and supplier audits.

• Engagement with CMs to identify manufacturing and process improvement opportunities to drive continuous improvement, lower manufacturing costs and improve lead time. This includes influencing the CMs to implement plans, driving the execution and delivering results including measurement of the outputs.

• Manage and align CM manufacturing operations with Corning manufacturing and business strategies to meet customer, business and corporate objectives.

• Collaborate with supply chain planning to ensure accurate visibility of the demand and execution of the delivery performance at the CMs.

• Drive sourcing strategies that align with the business, commercial, sample development and manufacturing.

• CM relationship management including business reviews at predetermined intervals.


Roles & Responsibilities:

• Own and manage the 4 C’s at the CMs … capability, capacity, cost and culture.

• Overall implementation and optimization of activities and support required for the delivery of products, process and services to the EIG business.

• Key contributor to risk identification and executes risk mitigation plans.

• Active participation, facilitation or leading the where to make decision analysis including Discovery, Selection, Onboarding, and CM mgmt.

• Develops and execute detailed supplier qualification plans for both new and existing suppliers. • Audits CMs to influence change management and drive improvement.

• Develops and writes detailed reports, qualification summaries and procedures.

• Continuous improvement of CM Operations (safety, 5S, lean, SPC, Mfg Process Excellence, etc). • Measure the following at the CMs … performance, process metrics and execution

• Develop, manage and drive cost reduction portfolios for the CMs

• Develop metrics for accountability including speeds, tact time, yields, material utilization, delivery, etc.



Travel Requirements: Up to 25% travel primarily domestic ; international travel as required


Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Technical or Supply Chain with strong interest in manufacturing and development environments


5+ years of engineering, manufacturing or supply chain experience in more than 1 of the following areas:

o Quality Engineering (QMS, auditing)

o Manufacturing Engineering (capacity and cost modeling)

o Production Supervision

o Process or Product Engineering

o Supply Chain Planning/Sourcing

o Safety Engineering


Required Skills:

• Experience in commercial, supply chain or contract manufacturing management

• Ability to learn and understand new technologies and markets

• Strong, proven negotiation skills (ie. spec negotiations)

• Highly organized, flexibility and adaptability

• Ability to work in teams, lead teams and direct others

• Ability to work in an ambiguous environment where multitasking is required

• Interest and passion for technology, innovation and new product introduction

• Experience with data collection, data analysis software and techniques (Excel, Minitab, Pi, Access, etc)

• Microsoft products proficiency including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc)


Desired Skills:

• Manufacturing process improvement skills

• Customer and/or supplier management experience

• Project management and/or new product introduction experience

• Ability to manage multiple priorities and conflicting requirements

• Proven ability to manage self and others

• Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers

• Makes sound decisions based on data analysis, experience, wisdom and judgement

• Organized and pays attention to details

• Effective communication skills (written and oral); active listening skills

• Open and engaging during meetings and presentations

• Supports Corning’s Values


This position does nit support visa assistance

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or 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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