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Plant HR Manager, Harrodsburg

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Date: Nov 14, 2022

Location: Harrodsburg, KY, US, 40330

Company: Corning

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 

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.


As Plant HR Manager at Harrodsburg, KY:


Role Purpose:

  • Ensures plant has the right number and type of talent required to execute plant strategy and achieve desired business results
  • Ensures plant realizes required levels of employee productivity and performance excellence required to execute plant strategy 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 plant budgetary objectives in support of top quartile cost performance objectives while maintaining appropriate levels of HR service delivery
  • Ensures the successful implementation of global HR business processes within the plant
  • Ensures plant compliance with HR-related legal and regulatory guidelines


Scope of Position:

  • Contributing member of the plant staff; guides and influences decisions with the staff and support and partnership with the plant manager
  • Responsible for labor and employee relations for a unionized, hourly workforce of 250 employees as well as a salaried workforce associated with one or more client groups.
  • Works closely with plant staff and HR team to develop and deploy processes and policies that are consistent across the business unit.
  • Responsible for plant recognition management to support a positive work environment and continuous improvement of employee satisfaction.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Employee relations leader for the facility and the identified client groups.
  • Leads and manages labor relations efforts for unionized workforce with coordination with the plant HR consultant, plant manager and operations leadership
  • Site deployment of HR, ER, and LR strategies.
  • Coordinate and calibrate efforts with HR colleagues and leadership across the business unit to build processes in support of the vision of "one complex".
  • Develop and deploy people movement and recruiting strategies in collaboration with HR and operations leadership across the complex.
  • Manage the site-specific selection, recruitment, and orientation processes with plant HR team.
  • Develop site-specific policies, procedures, and guidelines aligned with applicable laws, regulations, and labor agreements.
  • Partner with Division HR and plant leadership to identify and implement a compelling employee value proposition that enables recruitment and retention of needed talent.
  • Effectively deploy HR shared service delivery model in support of HR transformational goals and required levels of client support
  • Collaborate closely with Division HR to understand and implement HR programs that drive standardization across the division while ensuring plant business needs are met
  • Function as the voice of the plant customer to HR to ensure that the type and level of services provided fully support achievement of plant business objectives.
  • Lead and educate plant management in development and implementation of required programs and processes to drive a positive work environment through plant management and supervisors.
  • Resolve employee relations issues in a fair and consistent manner that recognizes employee needs and protects the need to operate in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.
  • Responsibility for the Annual Training budget and deployment/coordination of education and training for the facility; partnering with training manager for the plant
  • Responsible for the coordination and staffing of contingent workforce.


Travel Requirements:

  • minimal


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:

  • day shift, 40 hours per week plus OT as needed; off hours may be required


Required Education:

  • BS Degree in Human Resources, Business, Organization Development or Labor Relations or equivalent qualification/experience


Desired Skills:

  • Master’s degree in related area and/or HR certifications
  • First line supervision/experience
  • Successful track record in the deployment of global HR business processes or programs
  • PE Greenbelt certification
  • Work experience in designing and implementing effective organization structures and work processes that improve plant ability to achieve desired results— product start up, expansion, or mature business optimization
  • Knowledge of employment laws and policies


Required Skills:

  • At least 5 years of HR experience (generalist/specialist) or equivalent
  • Labor relations experience in unionized manufacturing facility
  • Strong functional HR knowledge
  • Expert communication (verbal and written) and documentation skills
  • Effective at conflict resolution, negotiation, and investigations
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Results Oriented
  • Organized, efficient
  • Self-starter capable of developing creative solutions
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Process driven
  • Team focused
  • Process and performance Improvement focus
  • Effective listener with strong coaching skills




  • Developing Direct Reports & Others
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Self Development



  • Business Acumen
  • Organizational Agility
  • Problem Solving



  • HR Service Orientation (BUHR)
  • HR Technical Expertise (BUHR)
  • Basic Project Management Skills & Practices



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: Lexington