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Project Manager (Project Services)

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Date: Nov 6, 2021

Location: Florida, FL, US

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49701


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Scope of Position:

Corning Optical Communication’s Project Services group needs an experienced Project Manager to join our national team. The successful candidate will be responsible for outside plant fiber optic projects for major customers in Florida and possibly in the greater Southeastern US. Looking for an ambitious individual who enjoys a dynamic fast pace environment and has proven customer service skills.


Candidate will primarily cover Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH) projects including SFU (single family) and MDU (multi-dwelling), and FTTB (business) projects from design to test and turn-up. Ideal candidate must be able to work behind a desk and/or on a job site as needed.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Development of project schedules. Organize & communicate schedules and timelines.
  • Review drawings and specifications to become completely familiar with the project and identify long lead times and critical path items.
  • Work with Sales, Program Managers, and Deal Management to obtain contracts and purchase orders. Assist with creating written estimates for customers based on engineering, labor, and materials.
  • Oversee pre-construction site surveys to verify cable routing, identify any obstacles that may result in additional construction costs, and take field measurements.
  • Monitor fiber optic plant construction activities to ensure products are being installed within customer guidelines and manufacturer standard recommended procedures (SRP)
  • Visit project sites to evaluate progress and respond to customers’ concerns or questions. Direct contractor activities if needed.
  • Provide daily reports outlining construction progress on all installations located in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Communicate with site superintendents about delays and any other issues that must be communicated to clients
  • Participate in weekly/monthly forecasting meetings to offer input into dates and risk associated with timing of revenue recognition
  • Organize or attend weekly project meetings as requested by the customer and keep detailed meeting minutes for publishing to project team and leadership
  • Communicate and follow up with customers’ requests as required about specific projects
  • Visit customers as needed to ensure satisfaction and discuss any new projects being planned.
  • Process invoices for customers and/or vendors based on services rendered
  • Track and report on material status for projects
  • Update project data in various systems; create reporting and tracking spreadsheets
  • Create submittals, purchase orders
  • Assemble the close out documents for customers. Attend pre/post-installation conference calls.
  • Consult with Finance to ensure reports match the revenue recognition timing within SAP


Travel Requirements:

  • This is a remote work from home opportunity that will support a regional customer base.
  • Candidate must be able to travel to job sites which may involve overnight travel with up to 50% travel expected.
  • Selected candidate must be willing to remain in this position for a minimum of two years before transferring internally.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Monday – Friday, standard business hours.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal scheduled business hours when necessary.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering related studies (i.e., Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Optics, etc.).


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • Minimum of 7+ years of Telecommunications industry experience
  • Minimum of 5+ years of OSP telecom construction project management experience
  • Experienced with telecom fiber optic network construction methods and equipment


Required Skills:

  • Read and understand FTTX (fiber to the home) NDS and CAD designs
  • Working understanding of fiber optic network architectures
  • Extensive knowledge with Microsoft Office products: Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making processes and skills.
  • Working knowledge of fiber optic testing procedures
  • Familiarization/working knowledge with Lumen (Centurylink) software, FireWorks, WFMT, NDS, NIESL and Bidmaster.
  • Fluent in English


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Knowledge of utility construction and project planning procedures
  • Familiarity with Procore project management software
  • Experience with AutoCAD and GIS-based systems
  • Understanding of RUS (Rural Utility Service) Codes
  • Ability to troubleshoot potential warranty issues using Corning provided equipment such as Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDR), Visual Fault Locators (VFL), and Optical Test Sets.
  • Familiarization with Corning products


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to maintain composure and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Works well in team environment
  • Result-oriented and responsive; utilizes network, SME’s and other available resources to facilitate driving tasks to closure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support customer interface, consultative activities, and work as part of a commercial team.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to handle rapidly changing priorities
  • Attention to detail with focus on error-free work


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.