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Project Manager - Seattle/Portland

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Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Oregon, OR, US

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 48120


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 Position:

Simultaneously manage the implementation of multiple field installation projects through the engagement of a flexible work force assigned from a pool of Field Engineers, Technicians, and Contractors.

Position requires between 30%-50% domestic travel.


Major Responsibilities:

Ongoing Tasks: Project Management

• Conduct all business activities in a manner consistent with Corning’s corporate values and Code of Conduct.

• Work directly with Deal Management Team to help execute new business

• Engage with customer(s) to insure needs and expectations are met.

• Assist Safety and Quality Manager in the communication and enforcement of quality and safety standards to be met by field support personnel and subcontractors on all Project Services (PS) projects.

• Contribute in project transfer meetings to gather the necessary to successfully kickoff and lead large Hospitality or Enterprise projects.

• Schedule and/or conduct pre-construction and post-construction walkouts and perform other field implementation activities, including splicing and testing, as needed in circumstances where other resources cannot be allocated.

• Review and revise project bill of materials as needed, seek materials order approval from appropriate PS Staff, and request materials order from PS Buyer.

• Establish and communicate project plans, resource requirements, and timing for assigned projects with ES personnel, field sales and end customers.

• Generate project quotations and scope of works for projects within Special Projects.

• Negotiate changes orders with customers as needed.

• Draft and calculate required change in plans with contractors as required.

• Schedule construction and splicing resources to perform field implementation activities to support of the completion of the project.

• Assist with splicing and testing including splicing and testing activities if required to expedite or meet the project timeline.

• Provide feedback to Operations Manager, Business Acquisition Manager, Special Projects Supervisor, Resource Manager and Safety and Quality Manager regarding subcontractor capacity constraints, capabilities and work performance.

• Complete contractor evaluations on a monthly basis • Create, review, and revise project bills of materials on a project by project basis.

• Work with third party vendors to obtain pricing project pricing for materials or services.

• Submit bill project bill of materials following PS guidelines to obtain the proper approval prior to ordering.

• Make recommendations concerning the awarding of subcontracted business.

• Use PS administrative systems, procedures and forms necessary to maintain uniform records systems, facilitate order, invoice and payment processes on a consistent basis.

• Maintain and monitor the financial performance for assigned projects

• Maintain documentation files for completed projects.

• Maintain and monitor morale of all assigned field support personnel.

• Provide at least two continuous improvement suggestions per month utilizing the iKaizen system.

• Maintain and update project information in SharePoint or other approved system on a weekly basis. Planning and Forecasting

• Assist the Special Operations Supervisor in resolving conflicts/resource shortfalls through prioritization that takes into account: strategic value, customer expectations, legal obligations, deadlines and probability of success.

• Through direction of the Operations Supervisor, assist Resource Manager in the forecasting of project resource requirements and effectively meet the forecasted demand through combined use of fixed and scalable resources.

• Maintain and provide an accurate 30/60/90 day forecast for all assigned projects to the Special Projects Supervisor.

• Provide weekly project status updates to assist Operations Supervisors in the forecasting of project revenue and costs.

• Assist in the collection of project-related metrics for the monthly PS operations review to ensure that the Operations group is on track to meet/exceed objectives.

• Participate in Continuous Improvement projects to increase PS efficiency, capacity, safety, and quality.


Knowledge & Skill Requirements:

• Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering or Telecommunication field preferred.

• Two years' experience in Telecommunication and/or Project Management preferred.

• Experience supervising field project work is preferred.

• Two years of work experience as a field engineer or technician handling and installing COC optical products is desired.

• Remote project management experience entailing project planning, safety management, subcontractor management, status reporting, cost management, documentation, and invoicing is a plus.

• Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

• Strong organizational and planning skills.

• Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.

• Knowledge of MS Project, AutoCAD, Procore, MS Visio and/or graphics drawing programs is a plus. • Fluent in English. Ability to speak other languages is a plus.

• PMI or PMP certification a plus

• Willing to travel extensively. Requirements are 30 – 50% of time spent traveling (domestic)


Additional Requirements:

• Person must be willing to remain in this position for a minimum of two years.


Are you ready for an exciting career with Corning Inc? Apply today!


This position does not support work authorization sponsorship.



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