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Process Project Leader

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Date: Apr 10, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45412


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.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


Key Responsibilities:

  • In this role, you will investigate manufacturing process alternatives and work with others to down select based on the technical fundamentals, performance and manufacturing cost criteria
  • Tackle problems and demonstrate feasibility using theoretical, empirical and modeling approaches
  • Design and conduct experimentation aimed at investigating manufacturing process alternatives
  • Develop and lead early stage sample making processes while maintaining strategic line of site aimed at rapid transfer to pilot operations and high volume manufacturing
  • Conduct hands on work in a laboratory and pilot environment striving to make a difference
  • Communicate project status and updates to the work group – including memos, RTR, verbal presentations to management
  • Measure and communicate progress against established objectives
  • Maintaining contacts with groups outside of RD&E to facilitate problem identification and solutions
  • Document work and generate IP as appropriate


Projects Involved With: 

  • Using first principle knowledge to design low cost manufacturing processes (or keystone components of those processes) for new businesses, adjacencies or to enable new materials
  • Early identification and engagement on critical programs, with focus on providing novel solution paths aimed at enabling low cost manufacturing processes.
  • Development of processes that significantly improve capital efficiency
  • Projects could support any Corning division or new business
  • All work will be done as part of a multi-functional team usually involving other groups in Research, MTE or Development
  • Projects could include external contacts and contracts


Required Education: 

  • We require a minimum of a BS engineering or material science degree preferring a MS or PhD. 


Required Years and Area of Experience: 

  • 7+ years experience (spanning multiple stages of innovation) preferred; noted accomplishments in transferring new/novel process/product technologies from stage 1/2 through stage 4/5


Travel Requirements: 

  • We expected travel to be less than 50% but flexibility is necessary as there is the possibility of occasional project specific travel


Required Skills: 

  • Creative/innovative problem solving
  • Strong technical fundamentals with process research/engineering and materials
  • Able to collaborate across organizational boundaries and integrate solutions
  • Results oriented and high level of commitment (able to work in any stage of innovation and handle risk of failure)
  • Strong lab and experimental practices; can understand fundamentals and recognize deviations and implement routine solutions.
  • The ability to learn new technologies and processes quickly
  • Able to apply the principles of process control and discipline to early stage projects
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written, including accurate recording of experiments, creating detailed documents, and reporting out or presentation within team.
  • Able to implement experiments and verify theory


Desired Skills: 

  • Knowledge of Corning organization and processes and business systems
  • Knowledge of Modeling capability and how to use modeling tools
  • Experiences and accomplishments spanning from early stage innovation to late stage manufacturing across multiple Corning business units
  • Innovation Black Belt (IBB)
  • Some mechanical aptitude/equipment understanding


Soft Skills: 

  • Willing to take initiative; demonstrate leadership - Does this sound like you?
  • Are you one who strives to be an effective team leader who is passionate about motivating and developing people?
  • Do you have good oral and written communication skills with employees, customers, and MTE leadership?
  • How are your negotiation 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, 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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