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Plant Performance Excellence Leader - CLS, Kennebunk

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Date: Jan 21, 2022

Location: Kennebunk, ME, US, 04043

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47295


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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

Scope of Position:

 The Performance Excellence (PEx) leader is responsible for the coordination of all PEx and Lean programs, projects and activities at the plant. As the site PEx/Lean leader, this position establishes, maintains, and measures PEx performance including implementation of PEx/Lean strategy, training, coordination & tracking of metrics, skills development, monitoring of DMAIC projects, activities and tollgates. This position enables process, quality and cost improvements by leading and supporting projects and engaging the organization to adopt PEx/Lean tools and techniques for achieving operational efficiency. This position is also responsible to lead, develop, track and report the plant Cost Reduction (CR) portfolio.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  •  PEx/Lean Strategy - develop and implement a 3-year PEx/Lean roadmap and annual plan that aligns with key plant and division mfg.strategies and vital few objectives.
  • Establish, track & report PEx performance metrics as required at the plant and division level.
  • Ensure all plant employees are trained in PEx/Lean tools, as appropriate to their job functions. This includes a training needs assessment, providing training resources, and assessing effectiveness.
  • Provide leadership for PEx improvement programs, awareness training and blitz sessions across the plant.
  • Coaching and development of Black Belts and Green Belts in the organization, as needed.
  • Plant liaison to corporate and division PEx/Lean initiatives.
  • Responsible for the iKaizen program success, cultivating a continuous improvement culture in the plant. Project leader for key Six-Sigma projects as needed.
  • Lean Mfg. – ensure platform VSM’s are established and refreshed annually.
  • Sponsor, facilitate or lead key lean projects that move towards the future state VSM direction.
  • Identify top key waste elimination opportunities and define, facilitate, drive change using the basic tools and methods of lean mfg.
  • Ensure lean awareness and skills refresher training are completed annually for all employees.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement that leads the plant to achieving 100% participation in PEx and Lean programs on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop, track, implement and lead a plant (CR) portfolio that delivers ongoing mfg. cost improvement.
  • Maintain CR project portfolio database. Collect all CR data and analyze for accuracy. Publish CR reports and project portfolio reports.
  • This position will have up to 4 direct reports


Travel Requirements:

  • 10% travel to visit other plants, corporate locations and vendors.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Role supports 24 x 7 Production Operations, weekend support periodic.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering field


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • 5 +years experience in manufacturing environment.
  • Prior supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • 3+ years experience in PEx / Lean role in manufacturing.
  • Experience with SPC Systems (ex; Minitab).


Required Skills:

  • Certification in Six Sigma (Green Belt or Black Belt) and/or Lean is required.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis including histogram, Pareto, correlation, hypothesis tests, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Capability analysis and Measurement System Analysis (MSA).
  • Applied knowledge in Lean concepts such as value chain, flow, pull and tools commonly used to eliminate waste, including kaizen, 5S, error-proofing, value-stream mapping, etc.
  • Applied knowledge of quality engineering principles such as Voice of Customer (VOC), Voice of Process (VOP), risk analysis, control plans, sampling plans, financial performance (verification of cost impact) and good documentation practices.
  • Practical knowledge and experience with PeX methodologies utilization.
  • Experience in leading teams in meeting continuous improvement goals.
  • This role needs proficient technical writing skills and statistical analysis.
  • Excellent team facilitation/leadership skills and teamwork/collaborative style.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation skills.
  • Proficiency with key PC software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint). Supervisory Responsibilities:


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Experience with SPC Systems (ex; Minitab)
  • PQA knowledge or training.
  • Certified Lean Belt
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Demonstrated and validated experience in successful PEx/Lean transformation efforts.


Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills including communications, facilitation, consulting, mentor and influencing
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse employee group across many levels of management and the business teams
  • Ability to work optimally with all levels of the organization
  • Positive, open and engaging and an effective member of a team with varied strengths
  • Self-starter, passionate about engineering and have a high level of technical curiosity
  • Leadership – good judgment, collaborative and confidence in leading small and large groups


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other legally protected status.


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.

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