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Performance Excellence Programs Manager

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Date: Jul 31, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

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.


As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.


Are you an individual who is technical but also enjoys project work? Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your Six Sigma Black Belt skills to take our Advance Optics Division performance excellence to a new level? Are you ready to lead our teams by teaching, facilitating, and coaching?  If this sounds like you and you want are looking to expand your horizon by representing our Advanced Optics on the Corporate Performance Excellence Council to ensure continuity of practice across the Corporation then we encourage you to apply for this dynamic position with Corning!


Key Responsibilities:

  • Translate corporate and division performance excellence objectives into site projects, leveraging continual improvement tools and methodologies
  • Create a rolling 3-year Performance Excellence strategy and training programs including employee certifications and site/division scorecards
  • Effectively manage a broad portfolio of projects (linking to site project portfolios) that support division manufacturing and quality objectives
  • Lead teams across multiple Corning functions, product lines, countries, and cultures (US, EU, AP)
  • Fosters effective communication (among management, functions, site teams, and belts) by creating adequate channels and ensuring expectations and end goals are clearly defined
  • Teach or facilitate performance excellence tool applications
  • Oversee belt utilization, assisting site management in achieving maximum belt capacity and capability
  • Coach project leaders across all sites and disciplines in the project nomination, selection, implementation, and documentation processes
  • Manage and maintain the iDMAIC programs for Advanced Optics
  • Represent Advanced Optics on the Corporate Performance Excellence Council (and backup on Quality Council) to ensure continuity of practice across the Corporation


Required Skills

  • Systematic project management/portfolio management tracking including charters, timelines, stage-gates, and milestones using project planning tools
  • Certified Master Black Belt or Master Black Belt with multiple project experience
  • KT leader, MEE facilitator, and/or PFP trainer experience would be appreciated
  • Excellent working knowledge of PDPD, SPC, DOE, Statistics, DMAIC, and Total Quality methods
  • A proven self-starter, influential leader, able to work in team environments to drive results
  • Knowledge of QMS systems such as ISO9000 or IATF (TS) 16949 or AS9100
  • Ability to present data analysis in both verbal/graphical form that broad audiences can understand
  • Functional expert in all areas of performance excellence methodologies
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Education


Required Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or Engineering
  • Certified master Black Belt (or in process of obtaining)


Travel:  25% average up to 50%


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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