Engineering Department Head

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Date: Apr 20, 2024

Location: Harrodsburg, KY, US, 40330

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 62572


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 


Scope of Position:

Lead a department of engineers to provide both day to day manufacturing support and leadership, as well as support new product deliveries to manufacturing. Provide engineering expertise for fundamental understanding of manufacturing issues. Establish, prioritize, & execute a project portfolio that delivers process capabilities and improvement to meet plant strategy and business objectives. Develop & deploy in-depth technical talent that solves problems by creating and institutionalizing advanced understanding in core technology areas. Ensure adherence to plant operating systems and documented work practices. Effectively meet or exceed department and plant financial goals.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Objectively assess product and process needs by partnering with operations teams to provide trend analysis. Establish strategy & portfolio that brings engineering & innovation solutions to meet business needs. Interpret business needs & incorporate them into project team goals. Integrate Project details with Management needs to form a well-articulated & executable project direction. Engage with project leaders & stakeholders to clarify and adjust direction.
  • Set expectations for the team to develop Fundamental Understanding & Deep Process Knowledge. Coach & provide feedback on the approach. Drive teams to apply & institutionalize these learning’s into Manufacturing & Engineering systems to ensure sustainability.
  • Engage with Development to maintain awareness of technology inventory in R&D and externally. Be an advocate to pull in new technologies.
  • Ensure that processes are being used rigorously: Innovation, Process Excellence, Project Management, Safety/Environmental, etc.
  • Lead and/or provide support for projects involving cost reduction, process optimization, and new processes.
  • Secure, motivate, and integrate people into project teams (direct reports & matrix team members) on critical opportunities and problems.
  • Excel at managing formal people processes and informal people development. Provide coaching for broad & deep personal development of engineering team. Establish coaching relationships outside of immediate team for personal development.
  • Manage department and project budgets and forecasts.
  • Ensure the protection of Corning’s Intellectual Property (IP)

Required Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelors of Engineering or equivalent technical degree (Materials, Chemical, Mechanical, or Ceramic disciplines preferred).
  • Masters of Engineering or equivalent desired.
  • 6 + years in a manufacturing environment
  • 2+ years in engineering supervision & leadership experience.

Required Skills:

  • Successful technical leadership, with evidence of progressive increase in responsibilities and ability to hold individuals accountable.
  • Has excelled in one or more prior applicable roles: Manufacturing, Innovation, or Engineering leadership.
  • Ability to collaborate across organization to drive solutions.
  • Results oriented and high commitment.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work on an independent basis in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop people.
  • Demonstrated ability to use engineering fundamentals to solve production problems.

Desired Skills:

  • Breadth of experiences in prior roles: manufacturing, innovation, engineering, nontechnical assignments.
  • Experience with deeply technical content
  • Exposure to budget preparation
  • Effectively dealing with difficult situations (performance issues, unsuccessful projects, etc.)
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt certification Lean Manufacturing techniques



This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

The range for this position is  $118,428.00   -  $162,839.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

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