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Campus Controller, Durham

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Date: Jan 16, 2023

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 58351


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’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets.


We are changing the world with: 

•    Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
•    Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
•    Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
•    Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
•    Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


The Corning Campus Controller will provide financial leadership for The Corning Life Sciences manufacturing facility and the Corning Pharmaceutical Technologies manufacturing facility both located on the Durham NC manufacturing Campus.


This position ensures plant compliance with local regulations, GAAP accounting principles and Corning policies and procedures. Ensures that both plants receive the appropriate type and level of Finance expertise and support to best inform financial and operational decision making and the achievement of strategic and operational goals. Ensures the successful implementation of global Finance business programs, processes, and procedures in support of corporate, function, plant goals, and objectives.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead the finance function for the Campus and be a key member and decision maker of the management staff; Report on key plant operational and accounting metrics (recurring and ad-hoc).
  • Present plant financial performance in various forums as required. Make recommendations for continuous improvement in both reporting and financial performance.
  • Manage and influence resources to ensure timely and accurate completion of accounting activities, including fixed asset management, inventory valuation, product costing, period closing, & reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and overall asset and liability control.
  • Ensure appropriate support of divisional requirements and Corning Finance functions to include SEC and tax reporting.
  • Ensure a strong internal control environment. Comply with GAAP and Corning accounting policies. Maintain documentation in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.
  • Responsible for continued professional development of self and team in coordination with management; also responsible for raising the financial awareness and understanding of key (non-finance) plant personnel.
  • Serves as consultant/financial expert to plant leadership on matters pertaining to policy, plans, projects (capital, PEx, etc.), and objectives. Conducts reviews, provides analysis, and makes recommendations as required.
  • Serves as a bridge between the division and the plant to ensure division business requirements influence the plant Finance strategy and the plant Finance strategy is relevant to the division strategy.
  • Other functions and projects as assigned in support of plant and business objectives
  • Provides finance expertise and decision support to business leaders in support of the division strategy (efficient turnaround time to inquiries from internal customers).
    • Identifies and assess the financial implications (ROI, IRR & Payback) of capital investments.
    • Monitor, identify and support deviations to budget and forecast.
    • Provide plant staff timely (during the month) variations to forecast and mitigation options before period close.
  • Support On- Site Development groups with experimentation costs, charge outs, project analytics and Capital AR financials.
  • Ability to take on various ad-hoc responsibilities as required.
  • Ability and willingness to spend time on production floor; learn and understand manufacturing processes and products.
  • Proactively utilize business partnership skills to focus on Cost Reduction
    • Fundamental understanding on plant / product costs
    • Drive Cost Reduction initiatives
    • Support engineering in identifying and calculating Cost Reduction implications for various projects / initiatives


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal


Desired Education:

  • MBA
  • Cost modeling
  • Inventory control and management
  • Manufacturing/Six Sigma background
  • Experience with Sarbanes Oxley
  • Experience managing and/or influencing people


Required Years and Area of Experience/ Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business Administration
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience
  • Assistant Controller or Controller experience (within or outside Corning)
  • Proven knowledge of US GAAP


Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of financial and management accounting, including systems, compliance, and reporting requirements
  • CPA, CMA certification is a plus
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Adept at interacting and communicating with all aspects of the business, including plant staff and senior managers
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, PeopleSoft, Khalix)
  • Ability to act under pressure in fast-paced environment


Soft Skills:

  • Team player
  • Business partner
  • Self-motivated; ability to act on initiative
  • Ability to question decisions and provide alternative recommendations
  • Customer focused
  • Ability to embrace change and act under pressure in fast-paced environment
  • Culturally sensitive and savvy
  • Clear dedication to excellence and advancing beyond the current state


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