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Sr Project Engineer

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Date: May 24, 2019

Location: Keller, TX, US

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 36664


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.

Purpose of the Position:

Develops and maintains reliable and detailed business case analysis using ABP (Assumption Based Planning) and ECM (Engineering Cost Models) to facilitate competitive analysis to enable key strategic decisions for the business.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Performs cost and capacity studies, economic comparisons and justification analysis; evaluates systems, methods, human factors, work flow, and other opportunities for productivity improvement.
  • Develop future state cost models based on product and process improvements or implementation of new technologies that transform manufacturing operations.
  • Validate cost reduction models and assumptions as projects progress through the development and release to manufacturing stages.
  • Present recommendations to OCS leadership on key activities required to deliver cost reduction.
  • Support project prioritization process through explanation of business case impacts to priority decision makers.
  • Support competitive intelligence activities through application of product and process engineering as well as cost understanding to ensure accurate comparison analysis.
  • Identify key assumptions to drive cost analysis modeling, such as expecting an X% reduction in labor based on a new process.
  • Develop clear and concise presentations to allow OCS leadership to quickly understand the data and make good data-driven decisions.


Required Skills:

  • Understanding of: Lean Manufacturing concepts and principles, cycle time reduction, cost analysis, cost modeling, manufacturing/business processes, Value Stream Mapping, line balance/staffing, and work cell design.
  • Ability to lead groups through brainstorming events.
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making processes and skills.
  • Proficient in quality tools including Performance Excellence, Project Management tools, etc.
  • Proficient in process mapping skills and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate within matrix organization.
  • Utilizes influence versus control.
  • Can work well in the “gray” areas.
  • Conflict management – seeks win – win solutions. Can find common ground and get cooperation.
  • Familiarity with financial statements (P&L).
  • Strong written and verbal skills with ability to communicate across all levels of the organization. Must be an effective communicator, able to deliver message through presentations, written, and verbal messages.
  • Strategic mindset with sound analytical, modeling and planning skills.
  • Understanding of optical connectivity products & manufacturing processes.
  • Familiarity with SAP (standard costs, bills of materials, labor routings).
  • Ability to work effectively across cultures and functions.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.
  • Expert level knowledge & application of Excel.
  • Fluent in English (both verbal and written).


Desired Skills:

  • Ability to effectively utilize problem-solving and decision-making tools.
  • Strong networking ability.
  • Understanding of (Lean) organizational design.
  • Understanding of design for manufacturability/assembly concepts, product life cycle management concepts, performance/line measures, and procurement systems.
  • Working knowledge of supplementary analysis tools such as Crystal Ball, Tableau, PowerBI etc.
  • Experience in DFx (Design for manufacturing, test, sourcing, etc.).


Soft Skills:

  • A well-organized, process oriented, systematic approach to problem solving.
  • Acts conclusively when faced with conflicting data and opinions.
  • Takes initiative, determined, resilient, results oriented.
  • Ability to manage needs across cross functional teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (both verbal and written).
  • Negotiation, motivating and influencing skills.
  • Cross cultural sensitivity.


Required Education:

  • 4-year degree in a technical discipline with preference for B.S. in Engineering


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • 5+ years of work experience with OCS manufacturing products and processes.
  • Experience with analysis of cost reduction opportunities.
  • Experience across more than one business function is helpful (i.e. production & engineering or engineering & finance).


Travel Requirements:

  • Depending on the employee’s location, travel will be required occasionally to Mexico, Hickory, Keller and Europe (primarily Strykow).
  • Expect to travel 25-30% of the time.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard work hours are M-F 8:00-5:00, however, overtime or shifted work hours is not unusual and is indeed expected at times.


Now that we have your attention, think about this:

  • Do you like to work in a manufacturing environment but be able to influence a go-to-market strategy?
  • Do you like working multi-functionally and in a diverse environment?


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