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Strategic Sourcing Buyer (m/f)

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: Lyon, France, FR

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 37971


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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.



  • Responsible for assured supply of direct & indirect materials and services, (on time, best price, high quality) in addition to competitive costs, minimizing inventories and supplier performance for both on going production and research & development activities.
  • Work with internal customers to establish requirements, support development of appropriations requests, develop sourcing strategies, ensure intellectual property protection and total cost of ownership utilizing supplier and market intelligence. (low cost sourcing activities, competitive bidding etc.) for cost savings, and/or value add opportunities.
  • Lead Buyer sourcing activities; create RFI, RFP, RFQ’s (requests for information, proposal or quote) including new materials depending on R&D&E projects such as chemicals, tooling, or equipment
  • Negotiate agreements and develop contracts with potential and/or current major suppliers to obtain maximum value. Deploy suppliers and processes to Corning locations.
  • Manage supplier performance (quality, price, delivery etc.) with Supplier Relationship Management tools and resolve performance issues. Collaborate with technical and engineering teams to maintain effective supplier relationships
  • Identify opportunities to leverage and integrate the GSM Categories (Transportation/Trade Compliance, Energy etc.) & Services into lens Business
  • Integrate into the lens business to establish linkage with new and existing projects to communicate policies and procedures related to Global Supply Management (GSM) and establish shared objectives to drive results.
  • Manage the end to end Source to Pay processes in part with the Ariba suite of tools; help define requirements, executing non-disclosure agreements, certificates of insurance, and agreements/contracts as appropriate.
  • Ensure the buy channel strategy is efficiently utilized including vendor add process, transaction reductions, credit card utilization and description buy process.

Scope of Position:

  • Deploys GSM strategies and plans to make decisions necessary to purchase product or services aligned with organizational objectives and sourcing strategies.
  • Creates and maintains contractual documents (Supply Agreements, Pricing Agreements, Non- Disclosure Agreements (protect IP), Certificates of Insurance, etc.).
  • Owns/Assists with Supplier Relationship Management Process (including supplier audits)
  • Recommends changes to purchasing practices/supply management to ensure conformance with established laws, policies, and ethical principles). Participates in the planning and implementation of these changes.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams focused on process improvements, cost reduction and supply chain issue resolution
  • Ensures compliance with internal and external auditing requirements related especially to GSM or any other certification (if applicable)
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy. Ensures compliance.

Required Skills:

  • Fluent in English, Mandarin is a plus
  • Sourcing experience in a very technical environment, covering mechanics, chemistry, assembly, optics, electronics
  • Negotiation skills: proven experience with demonstrated skills in procurement, sourcing and negotiation tactics that yield best value
  • Ability to work in a small team and a fast-moving global environment
  • Financial / Analytic skills: collects, analyzes & leverages data
  • Communication and influencing skills: one on one and group
  • Acts with Integrity and Authenticity

Desired Skills:

  • SAP experience.
  • Knowledge of international trading & exports preferred
  • Supply Chain knowledge / experience

Education & Experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical/technical degree or Supply Chain
  • Minimum 2-5 years in a buyer/sourcing role in the industrial space
  • Technical background, ideally in mechanics, micro mechanics
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment