Plant Operations Manager (m/f/d)

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Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Pisa, PI, IT, 56122

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 60929

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. 

Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning Valor™ Glass is an example of a life-changing innovation purpose-built to store and protect injectable medicines. Corning is also a global leader in pharmaceutical tubing, manufacturing a variety of clear and amber glass tubing that is converted by our customers into vials, cartridges, ampules and syringes.



For our location in Pisa, Italy, we are looking for a


Plant Operations Manager (m/f/d) – Pisa, Italy


Scope of position:

Direct production operations and coordinate with engineering and other staff functions to achieve plant cost, quality, and service objectives while meeting all safety, health, and environmental requirements.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of an operating plan aligned with division, business, and manufacturing strategies to meet key performance objectives.
  • Lead execution of operating plan to meet manufacturing and commercial objectives.
  • Assure manufacturing capability and performance improvement in support of division, business, and manufacturing strategies.
  • Provide focus and direction to plant personnel to assure knowledge and support of plant manufacturing priorities and requirements.
  • Meet all safety and environmental regulatory requirements. Create and maintain a safe working environment for all employees.
  • Assure growth in talent and capability of the plant operations staff.
  • Build effective relationships within the business, plant staff groups, and with key customers and suppliers where required.
  • Champion Lean and other corporate manufacturing initiatives as required.


Competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviors):

  • People: Building Effective Teams, Conflict Management, Directing Others, Interpersonal Savvy


  • Business: Leadership Skills, Drive for Results, Financial Analysis & Management (Manufacturing)


  • Function/Technical: Employee Relations, Manufacturing and Operations Management, Manufacturing Strategy Formation and Execution, Performance Excellence, Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Compliance, Supply Chain Management


  • Leadership: Act Quickly and Decisively, Act with Integrity and Authenticity, Champion Change and Flexibility, Demonstrate Drive and Commitment, Inspire and Motivate, Leverage Talent




  • Master’s technical degree.
  • Progressive responsibilities in operations and/or engineering leadership, including operations or engineering department supervisor experience.
  • Experience in leading teams and departments in meeting continuous improvement goals, step change performance improvements, innovation, expanding technical capability, work redesign or other change efforts.
  • Experience coordinating activities within functional responsibility and collaborating with other groups to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated track record of growing talent. 
  • Very good English and Italian language skills (verbal and written)


  • Experience with multiple manufacturing processes
  • Experience in staff or project roles such as Quality or Applications Engineering, Supply Chain, or a project assignment
  • Exposure to global manufacturing and business through work or project assignments.
  • Exposure to and understanding of the corporate network and resources.


What we offer:

  • Sophisticated tasks in an attractive and international working environment with a dedicated and experienced team.
  • An uncomplicated working atmosphere including a good life-balance through fairness and a high regard of our employees distinguish us as an employer.
  • Continuous training of our employees
  • Flat hierarchies in a matrix organization
  • Company car
  • Medical insurance
  • Competitive salary according to experience & competences


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

We prohibit discrimination based on 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.