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Materials Engineering Supervisor

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Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54758


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.

Role Purpose:


  • Lead Materials Engineering group to drive improvements to materials specification/introductions to ensure more cost-effective business and standardized engineering processes.
  • Evaluate the impact of material specification changes to product, process and equipment performance and quality architectures.
  • Lead/assist engineering departments in material qualifications and product validation for product and new material (or supplier) design changes.
  • Identify and pursue cost reduction opportunities through material changes.
  • Leverage material specification knowledge to introduce alternate material technology to plant production.
  • Lead/assist in authoring plant’s material improvement qualification plans (globally).
  • Lead/assist in developing and executing material/process improvement and cost reduction projects to improve cable making efficiency and cost.
  • Identify key initiatives for regional improvement and ascertain how support can be provided to assist regions in progressing toward achieving them.
  • Direct the globalization of materials specification for cable operations.
  • Replicate, implement and standardize best-in-class processes for cable operations.
  • Ensure quality issues resulting from material performance are address through improvement projects and material change.
  • Product Quality Architecture should be updated as necessary.
  • Facilitate and leverage available resource skill-sets from around the world, including Technology, Quality, and Division Engineering groups.
  • Ability to work across various functional groups on a daily basis to accomplish goals


Key Responsibilities:


  • Supervision of Materials Engineering group providing direction, support, feedback, and goal setting.
  • Lead regional or worldwide materials projects in order to increase capability, achieve improved consistency, or achieve material cost reduction with similar or increased product quality.
  • Assess potential material changes Quality Architectures/PQA implications.
  • Drives early identification of material specification changes, assesses other department’s engagement requirements, and ensures implementation of actions to ensure Cost Reduction improvement.
  • Interfaces with Technology Materials team, Division Engineering ORM team and Manufacturing to understand all Raw Material Specifications and roadmap substitution and alternate materials projects.


Competencies: People:

  • High engagement
  • Ability to influence and lead teams



  • Materials Science/Engineering depth and breadth
  • Application of theory in order to solve problems in the factory



  • Be Confident and Adaptable
  • Act with Integrity and Authenticity
  • Demonstrate Drive and Commitment
  • Pursue and Apply Learning


Required Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor of Materials Science, Polymer Engineering and Science, or equivalent technical degree.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in materials qualification and process capability
  • Experience leading teams in meeting continuous improvement goals and making step change process improvements.
  • Demonstrates the ability to analyze and evaluate performance from a capability, process, quality, technical, and/or cost standpoint to develop plans and strategies.
  • Communicates effectively; coordinates and aligns activities where required.



  • Exhibits sound decision-making skills and exercises good judgment. Be able to effectively analyze and simplify data from multiple sources and set direction as required.
  • Demonstrates active leadership in ability to establish direction, challenging goals and clear expectations to achieve results.


Hours of work:

  • 40 hrs.: additional hours/weekends when needed to support project work/ quality issue resolution


Travel Requirements:

  • 10%


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: Hickory