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Plant HR Manager, Oneonta

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Date: Feb 2, 2023

Location: Oneonta, NY, US, 13820

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59632


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.


Purpose of the Position:

As the plant HR Manager, you ensure the right talent is in place to execute plant strategy and achieve desired business results and ensuring that the plant realizes required levels of employee productivity and performance excellence. The HR Manage cultivates and maintains a positive work environment and operates as “One Corning” in support of Corning’s Values while providing optimal level of HR service and delivery in support of business goals and objectives. Partners closely with plant, division, and corporate leadership to ensure compliance to legal and regulatory guidelines while also ensuring the optimal balance in support of our employees, the business, and the company interests.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Lead labor relations effort for unionized workforce < 200 employees.

• Site deployment of HR strategies.

• Coordinate and calibrate efforts with HR colleagues and leadership across the business unit to build processes in support of the vision of "one complex" as there are other plants in the same location operating under corporate policies.

• Develop and deploy people movement and recruiting strategies in collaboration with HR and operations leadership across the complex.

• Manage the site specific selection, recruitment, and orientation processes.

• Develop site-specific policies, procedures, and guidelines aligned with applicable laws, regulations, and labor agreements.

• Partner with Division HR and plant leadership to identify and implement a compelling employee value proposition that enables recruitment and retention of needed talent.

• Effectively deploy HR shared service delivery model in support of HR transformational goals and required levels of client support

• Collaborate closely with Division HR to understand and implement HR programs that drive standardization across the division while ensuring plant business needs are met

• Function as the voice of the plant customer to HR to ensure that the type and level of services provided fully support achievement of plant business objectives.

• Educate plant management in development and implementation of required programs and processes to drive a positive work environment through plant management and supervisors.

• Resolve employee relations issues in a fair and consistent manner that recognizes employee needs and protects the need to operate in an effective and efficient manner.

• Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.

• Implement appropriate risk management policies and procedures to ensure plant compliance with safety requirements and local, state, and federal employment laws.


Project involved with:

• Lead and/or take responsibility for and plant HR projects and initiatives.

• Participate in division projects and initiatives

• Fully responsible for talent review and employee surveys and action planning for the plant.


Reporting Structure:

Direct reports: 0


Education & Experience

• BS Degree in Human Resources, Business, Organization Development or Labor Relations or equivalent qualification/experience

• >3 years progressive experience in the HR function required

• HRCI or SHRM Certification highly desired

• Manufacturing and union/labor relations experience strongly preferred


Required Skills

• Experience in diverse HR roles with strong functional knowledge

• Background in HR Management, conflict resolution, training and development, investigation skills

• Able to operate independently and drive all aspects of the HR role for the plant

• Advanced data analysis and computer skills

• HR service orientation with a strong ability and passion for balancing the needs of the company, business, and our employees.

• Expert level communication skills

• Able to develop and deploy HR initiatives


Desired Skills

• Greenbelt certification

• First line supervisor experience

• Successful track record in the deployment of global processes or program

• Experience leading quality, training, safety, and security programs or projects

• Work experience in designing and implementing effective organization structures and work processes that improve the plant ability to achieve desired results-product start up, expansion, or mature business optimization

• Business and financial insight

• Organizational agility

• Strong knowledge of applicable laws and ability to quickly interpret, apply, and administer policies and procedures Soft Skills

• Strong social and organizational savvy

• Role model for integrity and champion the Corning values

• Collaborator and relationship builder

• Ability to understand context and properly represent, comprehend, and understand another’s point of view

• Win/win problem solving mindset

• Patient and resilient, yet willing to challenge and stimulate difficult discussions necessary to move the business forward


Travel Requirements: (National/International; 0-100%)



This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Oneonta