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Engineering Manager, Automotive Interior Decoration

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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 48174


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.


Broaden and extend Corning Inc.’s competency in the field of screen printing and digital inkjet printing in the Automotive Interior Business. This will require an individual to manage, develop, promote and implement screen printing and inkjet printing knowledge from laboratory to manufacturing. To guide the fundamental understanding efforts of new processes and new material interactions to minimize and control surface related defects while achieving low cost and high reliable products. Utilize project management skills to develop and to guide the engineering first principles and practices within Corning facilities.


Scope of Position:

  • Individual will be responsible for managing members on cross-functional project teams, on early innovation stage projects, through concept generation/certification, technology development, detail design/build, and start-up in pilot or high-volume manufacturing
  • Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges
  • High level of fundamental understanding of the process and materials to enable the development of cost-effective products and finishing machine systems
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team
  • Understand how to integrate commercially available technologies and processes to enable Corning, Inc. to develop robust next generation process equipment solutions
  • Able to effectively leverage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of machine system implementation
  • Be responsible for the functional and operational integrity of design, estimating costs, defining project scope, budget and schedule
  • Be responsible for identification of project resources necessary to complete the project tasks and coordinate the project team’s efforts towards successfully achieving overall project objectives
  • Procure, implement and document systems and assist in training operational personnel


Key Responsibilities:

  • Interface and work with the Research, Development and Manufacturing teams that are involved in the innovation and manufacture of new products, materials or processes for Corning’s Automotive Business
  • Focus will be on managing individuals to build fundamentals on surface coatings and next generation material behaviors and processes for low cost and high-quality products
  • Work with other project team members on solving difficult coating related problems, understanding program related issues and general process engineering / process understanding
  • Manage internal lab activities and equipment to develop proof of concept and materials
  • Interface with outside suppliers on development efforts or testing proof of concepts of materials, fixture and machine components
  • Interface with internal R&D and manufacturing customers to get their understanding of coating materials and processes
  • Individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Individual must investigate prior art and document any Intellectual Property developed as part of their project activities
  • Individual must present the project(s) they are involved in with for review by peers, customers and managers
  • Work as a team member/advisor during the development of new coating materials and with system integrators
  • Ensure results meet the customer’s requirements and standards
  • Maintain records and track expenditures against allocated funds
  • Estimate time required to accomplish tasks and monitor performance against schedules
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments with minimal supervision
  • Individual will be expected to work in a High-Performance Work Team environment
  • Project travel is expected and will depend upon the project portfolio



Travel is project dependent and does require some flexibility. Estimate travel up to 20%. Travel may be required during installation, debug, start-up and key experimentation as well as for routine interaction with Customers and Suppliers. This would be a combination of domestic and international travel. Travel would most commonly be within Asia and some travel to Europe and US.


Work Hours:

Monday – Friday; flexibility needed to support off hour calls to Asia



  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Technical Discipline
  • Minimum 5 years in a technical field to include
    • Process, Equipment or Product Development or Engineering
    • Technology or Product Transfer (preferred)
    • 5-10 yrs. of screen printing (preferred)
    • 3-5 yrs. of ink jet printing (preferred)


Required Skills:

  • Technical expertise in the field of screen printing or thin film applications development
  • Technical expertise in the field of glass and glass surface chemistry
  • Technical Interface between Corning and equipment suppliers to ensures Corning success on New Business Development programs
  • Leadership – Champion new ideas; lead by example; provide constructive feedback to co-workers
  • Tolerance of Ambiguity – Working in development environment with evolving requirements
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving – Able to review facts and weigh options using a systematic approach to solve problems
  • Communication Skills – Clearly present ideas (written and verbal); read and interpret complex information
  • Teamwork – work closely with other team members and departments; share credit
  • Flexibility – be open to changing ideas, direction of business and focus based on new ideas
  • Commitment to Task – demonstrate dependability and sense of urgency about getting results
  • Planning/ Prioritizing/ Goal Setting – Manage multiple projects; establish plan and use goals to guide actions; schedule people and tasks to complete projects
  • Knowledge of process control/analysis techniques, including DOE, SPC, Six Sigma
  • The ability to work in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team in which feedback must be rapidly assimilated and incorporated into project planning
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and opinions to gain understanding, consensus and support across team
  • The ability to provide and receive open, honest feedback on a regular basis in order to drive excellence in individual and team performance
  • The ability to interface with customers, external suppliers, and technical collaborators with high professionalism and consistent with corporate values
  • Work effectively as a team leader, member and facilitator. Lead by example, set expectations and motivate team members to achieve and exceed goals


Desired Skills:

  • Thin Film / Surface Chemistry
  • Innovative and technically curious
  • Results oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Forward looking
  • Excellent external university, supplier and customer interface management skills
  • Excellent presentation skills


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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