Plant Procurement Manager

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Date: Sep 7, 2023

Location: Harrodsburg, KY, US, 40330

Company: Corning

Internal Corning Employees are provided the opportunity to review global job openings for potential interest. However, they are encouraged to do so with the understanding that whether or not they will be considered a candidate for positions located outside their geographic area (city, country, region) will depend on a number of factors such as the availability of local subject matter expertise or qualified talent, the need to obtain and availability of work authorization, costs associated with internal transfer, etc. It will be the decision of the hiring organization whether to permit employees applying outside the local area where the opening exists to be considered a candidate for that opening. It is recommended employees wishing to apply for job openings at Corning make their supervisor aware of their interest before formally applying.


Role Purpose:

Involves the overall planning, implementation, and optimization of all activities and support required for the buying and delivery of products and services, from material acquisition through delivery. Primary areas include procurement and contracting, supply management, inventory management, logistics operations, supplier diversity, transportation and distribution.


Location:    Harrodsburg KY/ Onsite

Key Responsibilities:

  • Represents Global Supply Management (GSM) within the plant which would involve engaging Corporate functions, Shared Services as well as Corporate GSM functions as necessary to assure global Buying Policy enforcement; global Customs Compliance adherence. Establishes linkage between GSM Strategy, Business Strategy and Plant Strategy through shared objectives.
  • Assures Contribution Metrics are updated and linked with site/business cost reduction portfolio by active leader/member of cross-functional teams focused on process improvement, cost reduction and supply chain enhancements. Leverages site spend with business and corporate spend.
  • Creates and maintains contractual documents (Supply Agreements, Pricing Agreements, Non Disclosure Agreements, Certificates of Insurance, etc.).
  • Drives site implementation and advocacy of centralized RTP process.
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy. Ensures compliance.


Supplier management

  • Maintains effective supplier relationships by means of audits, visits, evaluations to review areas such as capabilities and capacities.
  • Develops Risk Mitigation plans where necessary.
  • Interacts with Strategic Sourcing to understand the supply base and market dynamics, support execution of commodity and supplier sourcing strategy.


Material planning

  • Collaborates with planning or production control to effectively control material scheduling and planning.


Liaisons or Contacts

  • Works with Finance on standard setting and cost reduction budgeting, price forecasting, etc.
  • Is main contact between Commodity and site for implementing change.
  • Is an active leader/member of cross-functional teams focused on process improvement, cost reduction and supply chain issue resolution, new product development.


People management

  • Lead the procurement operations, set procurement strategy and objectives for execution, team performance measurement and project executions.


New business development projects support

  • Lead or manage the procurement function to support new business development at plant, ensure on-time delivery and no supply shortages.
  • Engages early supplier involvement as necessary in new product development (process design, commodity overviews, IP opportunities, technical advantages, JDA, etc.).
  • Support business/site projects, such as inventory optimization, sole sourcing reduction etc. 


Competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviors):


  • Conflict and Priority Management
  • Cross-Cultural Agility
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others
  • Influencing
  • Change Management



  • Global Business Knowledge
  • Problem Solving



  • Contract Management
  • Negotiation
  • Price/Cost Analysis
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Material planning
  • Global supply chain management
  • ERP, MRP


Experiences/Education Required:

  • 7~10 years Supply Chain related working experience
  • Bachelors Degree/ Supply Chain Management
  • Global manufacturing / procurement experience.
  • Cross-functional work / project experience (including operations, planning, quality, engineering, supply chain).
  • Experience as a plant or corporate buyer.
  • Experience as managing a plant procurement team.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment.
  • Technical aptitude/capability.



  • Experience with bulk raw materials
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), APICS, or certification related to Supply Chain, etc.

ent (CPSM), APICS, or certification 


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  

The range for this position is $107,883.00 - $148,340.00.  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 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, 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. 


Nearest Major Market: Lexington