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Production Supervisor - Team Leader

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Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45429


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.

Purpose of Position:

Reports to the Operations Section Supervisor at the support staff level. Works in conjunction with the product teams to ensure objectives of cost, quality, safety, schedule compliance, and team development are met. Serves as management representative for the assigned crew. Responsible for the performance of their assigned production crew and meeting the associated departmental and team goals. Responsible for team development and addressing any performance issues. As an exempt member of the crew, responsible for developing and implementing plans to enhance the leadership capability of crew leads, as well as ensure training of all production associates. Champions site culture of compliance. Responsible for the development/execution of individual and organizational objectives.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provides Leadership in a facilitator role to assigned technical and hourly associates to achieve departmental quality, quantity, service, cost and safety goals.
  • Facilitates monthly team share meetings and participates on project teams as required.
  • Responsible for continuous growth and development of assigned crew.
  • Provides coaching for crew leads in the areas of leadership, line scheduling, and conflict resolution.
  • Conducts skill assessments and recommends actions to address.  
  • Provides coaching/feedback to support performance improvements.
  • Responsible for ensuring teams have trained Quality Associates.  
  • Coordinates daily production schedules with planning to assure timely issuance of work orders and materials necessary to maximize operating efficiencies and service levels.
  • Analyzes work order variances and initiates corrective actions to resolve discrepancies.
  • Trains and develops teams to operate the production line or shift to achieve established production schedule.
  • Works with planning to define monthly production schedules and provides support to the different product teams to achieve these goals.
  • Reviews and analyzes production and financial reports, preparing reports of specific programs as directed by the Manufacturing Manager.
  • Recruits, interviews, and selects hourly personnel, guides the development of employees through training programs, conducts quarterly performance appraisals, ensures associates attend mandatory training, and administers employee disciplinary action.
  • Responsible for enforcing all plant policies and driving accountability for individual performance Releases/close out production orders as needed, audits DHR compliance, audits production orders to ensure correct material usage, and ensures that monthly cycle counts are completed for all product teams.  
  • Supports culture of compliance and drives Continuous Improvement activities.  
  • Coordinates with Technical Lead to ensure reliability/improvement of equipment and processes, training of technical associates, and coordinating off hours support for equipment problems.  
  • Responsible for driving a safe work environment and ensuring immediate correction of any safety issues.
  • Enforces uniform adherence to plant safety policies and rules.
  • Supports activities of crew safety team.
  • Leads accident/injury investigation per documented process, submits completed forms in a timely manner, and implements corrective actions to eliminate hazards.
  • Ensures compliance/improvement of quality systems in manufacturing, i.e., ISO, QSR, GMP, etc.
  • Initiates corrective actions when out of compliance and notifies Manufacturing Manager of noncompliance and proposed corrective action.
  • Ensures crew compliance with all required training (e.g. Quality and Safety) and schedules makeup training for those who were unable to attend.
  • Able to react to change and perform other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree (prefer technical field of study)
  • 0-3 years of management/technical experience. Preferred in a high volume manufacturing and/or molding environment.


  • Thorough understanding and experience in manufacturing operations including production requirements, support systems, and personnel.
  • Hands on technical experience in manufacturing processes, machine reliability, equipment improvement, and project management.
  • Meaningful experience with and strong capability to work well in a team based environment.
  • Must be highly motivated with good organizational, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Capable of providing strong leadership for the crew.
  • Must have a working knowledge of materials management systems, manufacturing equipment and processes, good manufacturing practices, and employee relations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a high performance work team culture focusing on the plant goals of safety, quality, schedule and cost.
  • Able to work on a 12 hour schedule and rotate quarterly between days and nights.
  • Provides backup coverage for other Production Supervisors as needed.


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