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Dept Head, Optical Fabrication - Fairport, NY

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Date: Oct 7, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 48769


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.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Purpose of Position:

In this role, you will facilitate and direct daily production activities to ensure control and compliance to established process controls and operation procedures. Achieve plant requirements for safety, quality, delivery, selects, uptime, throughput, and cost.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling resources and prioritizes activities to assure efficient production schedule compliance to include product changeovers, upgrades, experiments, new product runs, and training to improve the skill base and flexibility of all department employees
  • You will be providing daily direction to production and maintenance employees, technicians, and engineers on established procedures and policies.
  • Communicate and report production and process performance metrics to production teams, plant operations staff and functional leaders. Ensure that production targets and delivery requirements are met on a daily and weekly basis.
  • We will engage with plant teams and functional groups responsible for defining and implementing process improvements & cost reduction projects. Perform performance evaluations and develop and reinforce career and talent development plans for hourly/direct labor employees.
  • We ensure that the production process is operating in compliance with established process control set-points and operating procedures. Carry out process subject area and rigorous change control. Develop, implement and monitor training, qualification, certification and development programs for new and experienced operators.
  • Facilitate and monitor all process/equipment changes and experimental plans involving the production process, including process improvement, new product trial runs, equipment/tooling redesign or component changes.
  • Handling monthly department spending, including variance and actions to improve; Provide recommendations on annual budget & forecasting cycles.
  • Champion safety standards and expectations

Required Education & Skills:

  • We require a Bachelor of Science, Engineering preferred
  • We are seeking frontline supervisory or team leader experience in a plant manufacturing environment, with demonstrated capability to hold people and teams accountable.
  • Green Belt certified in Performance Excellence, Lean, and DMAIC methods.
  • Understanding technical details and impacts of the process and requirements for successful performance, quality, and delivery
  • We need excellent follow-up and documentation skills
  • Ability to build relationships within multi-functional groups. Standout colleague, ability to work with all levels of the organization
  • Good problem-solving, excellent organizational, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Microsoft Office: Outlook (email), Excel, Word proficiency


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning offers a competitive salary, vacation, pension, and family medical leave.


Are you ready to start an exciting career with Corning, Inc.? Apply today!


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.

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