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Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45805


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:

Support the plant through the timely procurement of quality materials in support of the manufacturing plan. Execute procurement strategies that Assure Supply and Optimize Total Cost of Ownership for the Plant.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

Procurement Activities:

  • Responsible for tactical procurement execution for assigned material. Duties include communication to suppliers, submission of PO’s, monitoring of deliveries, expediting materials and resolving billing discrepancies as needed.
  • Works with Strategic Procurement, Operations and the Business Teams to execute the Key Commodity Strategies.
  • Ensures compliance to the Global Buying Policy.
  • Manages relationships with supplier customer service representatives.
  • Assumes responsibility for smaller commodity spend and procurement projects.


Inventory Management

  • Analyzes, plans and determines accurate material requirements using MRP and Logility tools.
  • Manages inventory levels and inventory turns. Tracks and reports for all assigned items to ensure goals are being met.
  • Generates and communicates volume forecast to suppliers as the need arises while understanding supplier constraints and capacity levers.
  • Supports salvage and recycling programs of all assigned materials and scrap reduction efforts in coordination with production and engineering.
  • Works with Logistics, Operations and Transportation Groups to ensure that material deliveries are optimized (time, quality and cost).


Quality / Supplier Management

  • Primary point of contact on vendor relations vital to supply the plant effectively and efficiently.
  • Supports supplier quality audits and supplier meetings.
  • Collects, analyzes and summarizes supply management performance metrics against objectives including quality, cost, timely delivery and lead-time. Communicates results and works with suppliers to drive continuous improvement.
  • Works with Quality, Warehouse and Product Engineering to ensure accurate disposition of rejected materials.


Travel Requirements:

  • 5%-10% travel.
  • Trips to Corning locations and supplier sites for site audits, quality resolution, price negotiations, supplier business reviews, supplier development or project coordination.
  • Travel may also include travel associated with training and development.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

Regular office hours: 8-5 M-F


Required Skills:

  • Education, experience, training or certification (CPIM, CSCP, etc.) in a supply chain function
  • Strong analytical abilities with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, throughout all internal levels of the organization and externally
  • High degree of initiative and motivation with ability to work in a matrix environment or within a cross functional team
  • Proven interpersonal and time management skills
  • Computer skills including MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Soft Skills: Conflict Management, Influencing, Time Management, Global business knowledge.


Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems.
  • SAP knowledge a plus.
  • Negotiation, purchasing or commodity experience
  • Project management experience
  • The candidate is open to relocation for future opportunities


Education and Experience:

  • Possess Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain, Business or technical field.


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Results oriented, self motivated
  • Customer focus: Able to gather and understand customer requirements and objectives
  • Effective team player
  • Able to be persuasive in negotiations, as the need arises



Are you ready for an exciting career with Corning Inc? Apply today!


This position does not support work authorization 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.


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