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Sterilization Supervisor

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Date: May 26, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46346


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.


Scope of Position:

In this role, you will be responsible for the efficient flow of product to, though, and from the Durham sterilization assets. This includes supervisory responsibility for the P&M workforce operating the respective sterilization unit and front-line ownership of all equipment related to this asset. Improves business processes and leveraging systems to hone the competitive advantage internal sterilization affords CLS. Works with other team members to solve difficult system-related issues, coordinates with other sterilization unit leads to manage ware flow effectively. Drives continuous improvement activities, new product or process introductions, employee development and cost reduction projects in the area of sterilization. Determines methods, equipment, layout, workflow, capacity utilization, and control systems that drive improved effectiveness and cost of the sterilization process.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Supervisor for P&M workforce managing the sterilization / material handling / material movement of the system.
  • Responsible for the development, coaching, performance management of all listed associates.
  • Strong emphasis placed on maintaining strong cross trained staff to ensure 24/7 coverage of respective sterilization asset can be accomplished.
  • Subject matter expert in all Sterilization support systems – dosimetry, Camstar, Peoplesoft, and irradiator control systems.
  • Understand the linkages between the systems, provide troubleshooting expertise, and leverage capabilities to achieve ever-increasing efficiencies.
  • Supports other Corning facilities and project work streams to coordinate new product introduction into sterilization and distribution.
  • Work with other Sterilization team members to confirm requirements can be met and product characteristics are understood.
  • Create and maintain Service Agreements (Processing Instructions) for all sites sending product to Durham for sterilization.
  • Utilize business systems to develop, track, and report key process indicators for the entire end-to-end process (from sending facility through to receipt at distribution).
  • Lead projects to improve the efficiency of product and information flow through the end-to-end process. Examples would include championing product packaging changes, pallet build configurations, lot sizing modifications, etc.
  • Manage irradiator capacity and analyze scenarios based on the dynamics of supply forecasts, manufacturing strategy initiatives, and supply chain transformation efforts.
  • Hands on management of product / mix scheduling to ensure dose execution occurs effectively.
  • Support Supply Chain Transformation activities – provide insights to project teams on capabilities and constraints.
  • Maintain the end-to-end value stream map for internal NA Sterilization.
  • Manage external vendors to facilitate equipment maintenance.
  • Complete necessary re-qualifications and validations to maintain compliant operation.
  • Identify opportunities to deploy people, materials, equipment, and information differently to drive out non-valued add effort.


Travel Requirements:

  • Negligible


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.
  • Responsible for 3 shift operations. Support may be needed off shift support.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technical field.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • Minimum of 3+ years of manufacturing engineering or sterilization experience.
  • Minimum of 1+ years of supervisory or proven project / cross-functional leadership experience.


Required Skills:

  • Creative/innovative problem solving
  • Strong technical, data-driven troubleshooting aptitude
  • Familiarity with ERP systems (data structures, transactions, and inventory management)
  • Familiarity with ISO 11137, ASTM 51261 and NRC 10 CFR Parts 20 & 36
  • Broad knowledge of sterilization techniques and fundamentals.


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  •  Prior experience with electron beam and gamma sterilization methods for sterilization of medical devices and life science products.
  • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma, DMAIC, or other problem solving/efficiency tools.
  • Experience with strategic technology development and utilization.


Soft Skills:

  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate actions
  • Able to collaborate across functional boundaries and integrate standardized solutions
  • Demonstrated leadership or teamwork in accomplishing common goals
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written, including accurate recording of experiments, creating detailed documents, and reporting out or presentation within team.
  • Results oriented and high level of commitment.
  • Willing to take initiative; demonstrate leadership.
  • Ability to acquire and retain new information.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.
  • Display exemplary personal behavior, act with integrity and authenticity.
  • Respect all levels of the organization.


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