Operations Department Head

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Date: Jul 21, 2024

Location: Oneonta, NY, US, 13820

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63458


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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:  Provide operational leadership in the manufacture of products for the Corning’s Life Science business at the Oneonta plant.  In this position you will lead the activities of production teams to support the objectives of the plant by developing and implementing plans to provide a safe work environment, manufacture quality products, and maximize the efficiency and output of operations.


Day to Day Responsibilities: 

  • Lead 24-hour shift production operations
  • Report directly to Plant Operations Manager
  • Direct reports consist of production shift supervisors (team leaders)
  • Coordinate resources to meet output, select, and uptime goals
  • Ensure compliance to Plant and Corporate rules and expectations including Plant Policies, Procedures, Safety and housekeeping, Quality Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and production goals
  • Will be a key operational role in driving safety for the department
  • Drive process control and process discipline (PCPD) and basics of manufacturing (BOM) in the department including the in-house supervisor’s curriculum for shift supervisors
  • Emphasize the development of shift supervisors and hourly employees providing effective coaching and constructive feedback
  • Determine programs and projects to improve productivity and cost reduction
  • Monitor repair and maintenance spending for the department and lead cost reduction initiatives
  • Ensure appropriate levels of troubleshooting steps are taken based on process feedback, checklists, control charts, key attributes and other performance indicators
  • Collaborate with plant engineering to to recommend and implement technical solutions to resolve chronic equipment and process issues
  • Identify and communicate performance opportunities, objective shortfalls and resource requirements
  • Attend daily department production meetings and provide updates on equipment and operational performance
  • Submit monthly reports that accurately summarize performance


Travel Requirements:  <5%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:  Typically 7-4, but some off hours support required


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • BS or MS in Ceramic, Chemical, Material, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (preferred)


Required Skills: 

  • Minimum of three years of previous operational leadership experience or equivalent technical or engineering experience
  • Experience working on technical problems or teams with technicians
  • Prior budget responsibility
  • Experience with Six Sigma DMAIC principles


Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with a Union workforce
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience overseeing safety initiatives and conducting operational risk management


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  


The range for this position is  $118,428.00   -  $162,839.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at accommodations@corning.com.

Nearest Major Market: Oneonta

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