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HR Generalist, Durham, NC

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Date: Feb 2, 2023

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59334


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 


Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning Valor™ Glass is an example of a life-changing innovation purpose-built to store and protect injectable medicines. Corning is also a global leader in pharmaceutical tubing, manufacturing a variety of clear and amber glass tubing that is converted by our customers into vials, cartridges, ampules and syringes.


Scope of the Position:

As the HR Generalist for the Durham site, you will support and partner with the HR team and Plant Leadership to align with HR objectives and initiatives to the business strategy.



• Supports the plant HR manager to ensure that the Durham plant has the right talent to execute the plant’s strategy and achieve desired business results.

• Ensures that the plant establishes and maintains a positive work environment and operates as “One Corning” in support of Corning values.

• Assists in achieving or beating budgetary objectives in support of top quartile performance objectives while maintaining appropriate level of HR service delivery.

• Assists in successful implantation of global HR business processes in the plant.

• Ensures plant compliance with HR-related legal and regulatory guidelines.

• Effectively manage the hiring process for all hourly and temporary employees.

• Takes ownership for specific HR initiatives that support the effective operations of the organization by developing and or delivering HR programs (e.g. attendance tracking, training, and employee communications).

• Partner with the Medical department to manage all workers compensation cases, EAP case management, FMLA and Disability as required for procedural and legislative purposes.

• Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.

• Effectively manage the facility AAP process and continue to be in compliant with specific rules & regulations.

• Develops an understanding of processes and tasks to best equip manufacturing workforce and facilitate cross training strategy

• Works with the various plant functions to include: operations, warehousing, and maintenance to recognize hiring, onboarding, and retention opportunities

• Serves as a liaison with Operations and Human Resources relative to hiring, on-boarding, and retaining talent. May serve as subject matter expert when interacting with contingent employee vendors.

• Optimize through redesign or refresh existing training materials, procedures, etc. to improve overall retention, safety behaviors, and application. Leverage new methods, and industry best practices

• Development of Cross-Training Plan to address bottlenecks, resourcing and optimize overall staffing levels

• Leverages various assessment practices like surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, to regularly define opportunities for growth and development


Education and Experience: 

• Minimum of 3+ years of HR experience (generalist/specialist).

• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business, Labor Relations or equivalent.

• Successful track record of performance working in Manufacturing environment.

• Successful track record of performance as a Plant HR Specialist, Generalist or Center of Excellence (COE) role.


Required Skills:

• Hands-on self-starter, capable of juggling multiple priorities.

• Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, allowing for communication across entire organization.

• Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills.

• Ability to foster change and promote and implement improvement.

• Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet)


Desired Skills 

• Master’s degree in related area and/or HR certifications desired, but not required

• Applied Six Sigma, Lean or Kaizen experience.

• Successful track record in the deployment of global HR business processes or programs.

• Business and financial insight

• Organizational agility

• Strong knowledge of applicable laws and ability to quickly interpret, apply, and administer policies and procedures


Travel Requirement 

• Minimal



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.

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh