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HR Consultant, Harrodsburg

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Date: Sep 30, 2021

Location: Harrodsburg, KY, US, 40330

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50161


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 global Human Resource (HR) Function provides an integrated talent management system that delivers a workforce that is Corning's competitive differentiator in the global marketplace.

HR provides service offerings that align solutions to business challenges by ensuring the programs are Effective, Efficient, Global, Scaleable, and Repeatable.  Corning’s Values are operationalized by the HR Function through the facilitation of Talent Management offerings, as well as programs and processes that aid in making Corning’s Values visible.


Role Purpose:

  • Supports Plant HR Manager to ensure that the plant has the right number and talent to execute plant strategies and achieve desired business results.
  • Ensures plant establishes and maintains a positive work environment and operates as “One Corning” in support of Corning’s values.
  • Assists in achieving or beating budgetary objectives in support of top quartile performance objectives while maintaining appropriate levels of HR service delivery.
  • Assists in successful implementation of global HR business processes within the plant.
  • Ensures plant compliance with HR-related legal and regulatory guidelines.



  • Effectively deploys hiring process for hourly workers.
  • Educates plant leadership on union contracts and local and state employment law to ensure compliance with contracts and applicable personnel management laws.
  • Manages and mitigates employee grievances by ensuring supervisors and leadership are creating an open forum for discussion and resolution of plant issues.
  • Coaches and counsels plant management in development and demonstration of leadership and management practices required to establish and maintain a positive work environment.
  • Resolves employee relations issues in a fair and consistent manner that protects the needs of the plant to operate in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Educates plant employees on shared service and third-party vendor capabilities to increase use and benefits of these services.
  • Takes ownership for specific HR initiatives that support the effective operations of the organization by developing and/or delivering HR programs (e.g., attendance tracking, training, communications).
  • Identifies employee value proposition issues affecting turnover and works with Plant HR Manager to identify actions for improvement.
  • Establishes and maintains a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.
  • Implements appropriate risk management policies and procedures to ensure plant compliance with safety requirements and local, state, and federal employment laws.


Competencies Needed:

  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Self Development
  • Business Acumen
  • Organizational Agility
  • Problem Solving
  • HR Service Orientation
  • HR Technical Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Champion Global Growth
  • Communicate and Engage


Preferred Background/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development, labor relations or equivalent.
  • Master’s degree in related area and/or HR certifications– a plus.
  • Successful track record of performance in Plant HR Specialist or Center of Excellence (COE) role.
  • First line supervision/experience.
  • Applied Six Sigma Lean or Kaizen experience.
  • Successful track record in the deployment of global HR business processes or programs.
  • Knowledge of employment laws and policies.
  • At least 2 –4 years of HR experience (generalist/specialist).
  • Ability to understand and process Kronos Time and Attendance Specific


Position Requirements:

  • Labor relations experience in a union environment.
  • Hiring / selection experience with union/hourly and salaried employees. Preference is that the candidate possess experience with hourly recruiting.
  • Experience resolving employee relation issues and conflicts.
  • Manufacturing knowledge and experience and an understanding of how HR can have an impact.
  • Desire to maintain presence on the factory floor.
  • Experience deploying safety and training initiatives in a manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent communication and influence skills using data to support recommendations.
  • Ability and willingness to deliver difficult feedback.
  • Desire to help people and to make a positive difference.
  • Ability to lead meetings and initiatives that involve stakeholders at all levels of the organization.


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.

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