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Global Strategic Sourcing Manager, Lithium

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Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56525


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 Global Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.

Role Purpose:

Provide comprehensive management for the LITHIUM category, in support of business units (Gorilla Glass) requirements


Key Responsibilities:

• Develop Strategic Sourcing plans, aligned to stakeholder objectives, fulfilling current and future demand forecasts with consideration to geopolitical, economic and market trends & conditions impacting LITHIUM supply chain;

• Collaborate with Business (process engineer, glass technology, planning, production) on key initiatives that will drive safety of supply and cost reduction;

• Administer the Lithium Category Council and implement Global Strategy;

• Engage with well-established Lithium based products production/distribution networks, leverage to ensure supply assurance;

• Own the Supplier Relationship Management of suppliers, including risk management, fostering sustainable strategic relations;

• Lead the preparation and delivery of negotiation strategies, to yield best-in-class value.

• Develop and communicate relevant supply intelligence for the various Lithium based products sub-categories. (i.e.: market intelligence, should-cost modeling, consortiums, etc.)

• Communicate with, and report to, stakeholder leadership;

• Identify key stakeholders within the value-chain, including strategic consortium partners, and develop leveraged spend opportunities;

• Champion and advocate CORNING’s Global Buying Policy; ensure regulatory compliance and regional legislation Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Monitor supply market conditions (market trends, supply and key drivers for demand) and assumptions factoring in potential market volatility

• Assess likely supply and demand situation mid-term (over the next 2-3 years) and long term based on different market scenarios

• Develop set of strategic options (considering attractiveness of each option and including degree of risk) and strategic sourcing plans considering supplier-specific situations and align with the Business • Identify business needs and get aligned with GG business stakeholders to guarantee agreement on terms and process by reflecting the expectation of businesses

• Develop cost saving initiatives and projects based on deep analytic skill and procurement expertise • Responsible for negotiation for best possible cost service guarantee and develop “win-win” strategy that achieve sustainable relationship with suppliers by inventing negotiation strategies and tactics

• Manage key supplier performance where necessary to ensure uninterrupted supply

• Develop and cultivate effective relationships with suppliers

• Provide and share with business cross functional team lithium industry market intelligence

• Develop and leverage relationship with Corning partners who use Lithium Reporting Structure:

§ Hiring Manager: Senior Supply Chain Manager, Gorilla Glass.

§ Dual reporting: solid to GSM (direct category) and dotted to GG business (manufacturing).

§ The incumbent shall comprehensively uphold Corning’s enduring set of Values that define our relationships with employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate in around the world: Quality; Integrity; Performance; Leadership; Innovation; Independence; and The Individual


Education & Experience

§ Bachelor degree. Major in engineering, supply chain management or business.

§ >10 yrs experience in direct materials’ procurement & value chain optimization;

§ 7 plus years of Lithium sourcing experience or similar materials

§ Supplier management, high-level negotiations, contracting;

§ Proven track record in cost reduction development & implementation.


Required Skills

• Fluent in English

• leadership experience in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, highly matrixed work environment

• Sound broad-based business acumen & financial reporting

• Results driven, process oriented and Customer focused

• Supply chain management, strategic sourcing, cost reduction, risk mitigation

• Experience in the negotiation, contracting, and consortium spaces

• Strong understanding of the Lithium market - both minerals and chemical- including market dynamics conditions, price drivers, technology disruptions

• Strong understanding of the Lithium value chain including processing costs and conversion costs

• Strong understanding of the Electric Vehicle industry (supply and demand drivers, penetration forecasts) and understanding of market dynamics of other commodities (e.g., cobalt) used in EVs industry impacting lithium demand volatility

• Strong proficiency in decision making (take effective decision in complex situation, should demonstrate good judgment and consider long-term implication of different options)


Desired Skills

• Innovative contracting in volatile markets to assure competitive pricing models

• Experience in other raw materials material categories

• Buy/Sell, including logistics, warehousing and inventory management

• Experience in conformity assessment, audit, surveying, claims handling

• Experience in conducting high-value business with international corporations

• Change Management

• Strong data analysis

• Project Management skills Soft Skills

• Ethical and acts with integrity, professionalism, reliability, and regard for social responsibility

• Excellent cross-cultural skills

• Balance of innovative and process-improvement solutions

• Well-developed communication skills: oral; written; & presentation including executive level

• Able to work independently while fostering team motivation

• Multi-tasking, self-motivated and driven

• Ability to simplify and organize complex situations. Capable of working independently but knows when to ask questions for guidance

• Can communicate with all levels of the organization globally



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