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Lean Industrial Engineer Supervisor

Date: Feb 17, 2019

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Scope of Position: Lead Industrial Engineering Manufacturing initiatives at the site. Drive the implementation of Lean fundamental competencies (Value Stream Maps, Visual Performance Metrics, WPO, Kaizen, Work Standardization, Gemba Engagement) & transformational competencies (workplace design, inventory controls, capacity flexibility, flow smoothing, value add analysis, insignificant changeover) in order to continually improve performance in safety, quality, cost, delivery, morale, and innovation.  Partner with  Ribbon (OFC) & Flame Retardant (OCS) business lines and support operations (i.e. warehousing, maintenance, etc.) to decrease cost of manufacturing, increase efficiencies, and drive waste from the production steps. Lead Ergonomic Safety portfolio to identify and execute projects to eliminate ergonomic risks to employees.  Partner with the Controls team to identify and execute automation projects to increase labor efficiency site wide.

 

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for performing work in a safe manner & maintaining a safe work environment. Responsible for his/her safety, as well as that of others that may be at the facility, whether working or visiting. Is responsible for observing safe work practices and being proactive for reporting/fixing any unsafe conditions.
  • Lead the ergonomic program, a cross-functional plant team design to identify high risk activities and implement a solution to improve employee safety.
  • Partner with Ops, Supply Chain, Maintenance and other support group to develop tools to drive operations efficiency and cost reducing projects.
  • Lead portfolio of projects to decrease Supplies and Equipment spend site wide.
  • Develop & implement a strategy for a self-sustaining lean program. Track metrics to verify effectiveness of improvements. Define aligned stretch targets that compliment Plant One Pager and overall Operating Plan. Develop/update standards to ensure sustainability & improvement as well as linkage with sister plants and divisional initiatives.
  • Provided day-to-day leadership for Plant Industrial Engineering Team (direct reporting structure of 3-4 salaried employees). Develop and enable ongoing skill development to provide current lean principles, teaching, and methods. Educate and coach plant employees on Lean philosophy, vision, concepts, & expectations.
  • Develop/sustain a strategy & process for Lean training and development (emphasis should be on coaching teams to accept responsibility and solve their own problems). Overcome paradigms and obstacles to establish a Lean culture.
  • Within the Operations Function and MESD, drive the implementation of Lean manufacturing utilizing proven methodologies and tools.
  • Lead value stream mapping exercises to identify, document, & execute opportunities to improve the business (cycle time, capacity, & cost) from current to future state.
  • Direct the planning and implementation of continuous improvement activities via Kaizen. Facilitate leadership and others “going to gemba” to truly understand & implement improvement.
  • Develop & implement sustainable 5S, Visual Control, Load Smoothing, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), & other programs.
  • Facilitate the planning & implementation of workplace flow/layout, as well as equipment installations, modifications, and moves according to Lean concepts.
  • Identify & horizontally deploy benchmark opportunities between Corning locations.
  • Partner with HR to develop & execute strategy for growth & development of site employees by establishing a talent pipeline.
  • Travel expected to be less than 20% to other sister plants to facilitate best practice migration.
  • Meet or exceed departmental spending against budget.

 

Travel Requirements: Less than 20%

 

Required Education:

  • BS degree in Engineering (Industrial preferred)

 

Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • 3-5 years of Industrial Engineering/Lean Engineering experience

 

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership and subject-matter-expertise in Industrial Engineering and Lean Manufacturing, analytical, & problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods, systems, and production processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with ability to present ideas, opinions and data to gain understanding consensus, and support.
  • Ability to create vision, case for change, and communicate vertically and horizontally within the organization
  • Process/results oriented with organizational and attention-to-detail abilities.

 

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, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Nearest Major Market: Hickory