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Program Manager - Keene, NH

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Date: Apr 24, 2021

Location: Keene, NH, US, 03431

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44722


Corning, Inc. is a premier U.S. supplier of advanced optical solutions and components for the aerospace and defense industry!


Corning Advanced Optics is a global leader in providing cutting-edge material and optical solutions that serve a variety of commercial sectors. We have a long history in producing Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) systems and have one of the world’s largest diamond turning manufacturing operations located in Keene, New Hampshire.


Corning’s unmatched expertise in specialty glass and optical physics results in a diverse set of products. From design through manufacturing, Corning uses its experience in single point diamond turning, precision machining, and thin film coating technology to produce integrated advanced multi and hyperspectral sensor systems and opto-mechanical assemblies. The intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) market segment is a primary area of focus.


Purpose of Position:

  • Position will be responsible for leading technical teams and working with customers to execute programs and meet customer in market needs in a broad case of optical technologies


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Defines and executes an overall program plan, including financial and people resources that allows the program to scale appropriately in each stage to meet program objectives and remain within budget. Drives the program's progress, reconfirming the program's value proposition, and recommending the progression (or elimination) of the program to leadership, as appropriate
  • Monitors for changes in customer requirements/scope or other assumptions and resolves impact on the program's strategy, business case, business model, predicted level of risk, resource requirements, speed, and value proposition. Works with customers during each stage to keep them engaged, to lead the scope of the program, and to interpret their perception of the product being developed.
  • Sets key program messages and handles the information flow related to program direction, issues, needs, and progress with key program constituencies including business leadership, corporate leadership, customers, and team members.
  • Develops and leads a compelling business case (including P&L and balance sheet implications) and value proposition for the product relative to the division’s strategy, market needs, and competition. Identifies commercial, technical, and manufacturing levers to improve the program's business case. Oversees product testing and evaluation to confirm the initial value proposition, build fundamental understanding of the technology that enables continued differentiation, and ensure manufacturing implementation of requirements are met.
  • Identifies potential origins of strategic control, ensures that intellectual property is protected
  • Utilizes Corning's innovation process as appropriate to direct program activities.


Travel Requirements:

  • We anticipate up to 25% travel for this role at times depending on the program. May involve international travel.


Education & Experience:

  • We require a Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Physics, Mechanical, Electrical or Optical or related field. Experience in optics a plus. (Preferred - Masters (MS) in Engineering and/or MBA degree)
  • 5+ years’ experience with executing technical programs
  • Project Management / Leadership
  • Ability to lead technical team in resolution of problems and execution of strategy
  • Interact with customers, building strong relationships for success
  • Work cross functionally (commercial, technical, technology)
  • Able to track and lead spending, revenue, resources & schedule for programs
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Tools (Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Project).
  • Able to set project direction using project management tools (i.e. MS Project, risk assessment, scope management, etc.)
  • Financial skills creating and evaluating potential business strategies
  • Independent problem solving and development of approach to solutions. Able to make sound decisions by blending analytical thinking with practical judgment.
  • Ability to discern technical approaches by asking the right questions of the team.
  • Ability to articulate clear direction, risks and program purpose across multiple organizational levels (management to project team).
  • Able to define, prioritize & defend landmarks.


Desired Skills:

  • Assist in the organization of systems for program management
  • Experience with Stage 3 to Stage 5 transfer to manufacturing


Soft Skills:

  • Entrepreneurial attitude and approach toward creating new programs
  • Creative problem solver
  • Desire to create products and processes that grow the AO platform
  • Process oriented. Follows established protocols and processes. Evaluates opportunities for improvements.
  • Organized, meticulous attention to detail, self-starter, and motivated
  • Experience leading internal or external technical teams in the creation of new products or services.


Required to sign a covenant not to compete.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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


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


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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: Bellows Falls
Nearest Secondary Market: Keene