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Project Manager, Gorilla Glass - Harrodsburg, KY

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Date: Dec 23, 2021

Location: Harrodsburg, KY, US, 40330

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 51569


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 Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Projects involved with:

The delivery of new Gorilla® glass compositions, products, and processes from R&D into manufacturing operations. Project management role to drive improvements in Gorilla division.

Role within the Organization:

  • Lead and run project teams responsible to new Gorilla® Glass process technologies, capacity expansions, and rebuilds in support of overall business objectives.
  • Position requires demonstrated skills in manufacturing engineering, project management and team leadership, comfort with ambiguity, and ability to work across Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing organizations.
  • Engage Core Technology & Development and Engineering resources as needed to drive improvements required in continuous unit Melting, Forming, BOD and Finishing process areas.
  • Assist Gorilla Melting, Forming, & BOD engineers by organizing projects that support critical business objectives. Coaching of engineers in project management a plus.
  • Project leadership and management of complex, large capital project in support of overall business objectives.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Project leadership responsibility for assigned projects from AR development through successful execution and transfer to manufacturing
  • Leadership of large, highly matrixed multi-national project teams
  • Satisfaction of key project objectives (safety, quality / performance, schedule, spending)
  • Define and successfully execute project plans that support overall business objectives
  • Development and leadership of effective project teams. Establish roles, responsibilities and competencies required for the project. Builds an effective project team utilizing internal and external personnel resources with the ability to operate and supervise matrixed organizations. Establish receivership requirements for project.
  • Effectively implements all phases of project management methodologies including initiation, planning, implementation and control, and close-out.
  • Conduct project meetings and document key issues, action items and decisions. Communicates and provides guidance to project team members based on organizational goals and company policy
  • Provide periodic project updates to customer and management Communicates project goals, objectives, key status information and overall impact of the project effectively with project team members.
  • Represent Gorilla® Division Engineering in glass and platform development meetings and activities
  • Assist in run planning and leadership of process technology development activities for installations of platforms

Travel Requirements:

  • We anticipate approximately 25%-30% for this role (mix of domestic and international)

Hours of work:

  • 50hrs/week plus travel, and periodic evening or morning conference calls

Required Education and Experience:

  • We require a minimum of a BS Engineering degree or equivalent experience.
  • We are seeking 7 years of experience as a Project Engineer or Project Manager with proven track record successfully delivering complex engineering projects involving multiple technologies, new product / process transfer to high volume manufacturing, and significant financial or strategic impact to the business.
  • Able to develop funding requests and projects (scope, budget, schedule) for assigned activities
  • Able to build, mobilize, and lead teams to successfully deliver project objectives (safety, scope, schedule, cost)
  • Able to work across Commercial, Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing functions as required to deliver project objectives
  • Effectively communicate project status, issues, risks, and results
  • Experienced at influencing technical decisions
  • Work effectively in a matrix team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Project Management Professional or equivalent certification
  • Knowledge of glass melting / forming / finishing, thermal, mechanical, fluid flow
  • Experience developing capital investment request using structured stage gate process
  • Skilled at conducting and analyzing process experiments using; MEE, Process Excellence, DOE, DMAIC, etc.
  • Prior experience in glass melting, forming, BOD, finishing, process operations

Soft Skills:

  • Technical curiosity & enthusiastic approach to solving technical challenges
  • Skilled at delivering results in a multi-functional matrix team environment
  • Uses an analytical thought process
  • Effective communication skills – verbal and written
  • Effective team leadership skills
  • Strong networking skills


Required to sign covenant not to compete


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning offers a competitive salary, vacation, pension, and family medical leave.


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