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Date: Jun 16, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55495


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.

Supervisory responsibilities for cable operations and/or warehouse operations. The typical position will have supervisory responsibility for 30-70 hourly associates and 4-6 operations coordinators. There is an expectation that this individual will function in either area (Ribbon or Flame Retardant), at any given time, in accordance to business needs. This position is a part of the HCF Leadership team and reports directly into Operations. Incumbents in this position have the opportunity to progress to various other roles (i.e. Facilities, Engineering, Supply Chain, Technology, and Division Engineering).


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Directly responsible for performing work in a safe manner and maintaining a safe work environment. Is 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 any unsafe conditions

• Responsible for the development and implementation of activities in production area(s) and/or warehouse to meet or exceed production goals, quality, and cost objectives.

• Develop, train and coach employees to be responsible and accountable for their individual and team performance. Create a work environment that is challenging and meaningful. Recognize and reward high performance

• Encourage and develop an environment of constant, open, honest communication. Develop employee involvement to ensure every employee is a partner in the business

• Prioritize production schedules based on product induction, equipment efficiency, and materials supply

• Adjust staffing and machine assignments to achieve optimal flow and efficiency

• Develop and manage training plans for operators and support personnel for the team. Insure all employees are continually provided with appropriate job related training and education

• Achieve and maintain world class housekeeping and product flow standards

• Manage employee time and attendance for timely and accurate payroll processing

• Lead, coach and participate on teams to accomplish individual, department and divisional objectives. Objectives may include quality improvements, operating expenses, inventory targets, production goals, equipment run time, and on-time shipments

• Understand cost drivers and manage to lowest cost / highest output impact decisions of team Projects involved with:

• Lead projects that have either direct impact on hourly staffing levels or improvement of flow through the process area (For Example: Distribution Flow Optimization)

• Support development Lean project teams that introduce significant new products or processes into the area (not projects that are modifications to an existing product)

• Participate in the Team Leader Continuous Improvement Team to improve overall plant operations.

• Develop and document procedure revisions for assigned areas

• Implement procedures in all production functions to meet and maintain ISO standards

• Identify areas of inefficient operation and implement improvements

• Utilize capacity models to develop staffing and production plans

• Identify production bottlenecks and manage resources to exploit the bottleneck

• Investigate and implement assigned Corrective Actions

• Reduce process variation and improve production yield


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

Flexible - with hours during day, night or weekend shifts


Experience/Education Required

• Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

• Computer skills (Excel – basic formulas and Word)



• Bachelor of Science (Engineering or technical)

• 1-3 years work experience in a manufacturing environment

• 2-3 years previous supervisory experience

• Ability to communicate with all levels of the plant organization

• Problem solving and root cause analysis skills


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