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Global Strategic Sourcing Manager HR

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Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Root Laengenbold, Lucerne, CH, CH-6039

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 48417


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.

The Global Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.


Role Purpose: The Global Strategic Sourcing Manager is accountable for designing the HR Category vision and strategy across multiple sub-categories of spend and leads the worldwide development and execution of Global Supply Management (GSM) strategic sourcing strategies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Builds and maintains a robust understanding of the client’s business strategy, key drivers and current issues to inform the development of product/service implementation strategies that will meet client needs, and which reflect external market trends, competition considerations, macro-economic factors and Corning’s strategic direction.
  • Develops and/or assists with Strategic Sourcing plans and objectives (short & long term) based on forecasts of future demand and taking into account economic and currency trends and conditions that affect GSM, the business, and the global commodity sourced.
  • Leads the end-to-end execution and supports the development of Category-based sourcing processes for assessing and fulfilling current and future sourcing needs.
  • Manages or supports sourcing activities across strategic and operational projects.
  • Liaises with regional internal clients & identifies specific sourcing projects/initiatives for the year including expected savings, resource requirements and associated timescales for completion.
  • Focuses on rationalizing the vendor base for all sub categories and/or regions whilst fostering supplier development through supporting the building of a world class internal vendor management capability.
  • Executes strategies to extract supply-side savings and manage demand-side consumption in order to lower Corning’s Total Cost of Ownership for external spend as it relates to the specified category.
  • Reports and highlights operational, regulatory and other risks to the Global Category Manager. Takes ownership for sourcing issues and actively participates in their resolution.



  • 10 to 15 years of experience in HR and Professional Services in a similar role within a large international Procurement Organization
  • A master's degree / MBA.
  • Experience in manufacturing – operations, planning, engineering, supply management, or procurement.
  • Experience in managing complex sourcing projects in HR Category, recognized as HR market expert
  • Strong experience in commercial and contractual negotiations, driving contracts to signature, assuring legal and compliance alignments with corporate control functions.
  • Proven record of successful digital capabilities integration in Category strategies.
  • Successful, multi-year track record in a sourcing or a Category management organization
  • Excellent relationship management, analytical, problem solving, financial management, strategic agility, communication, influencing and presentation skills
  • Procurement background (strategic sourcing) with experience in sourcing HR o Recruitment o Contingent Labor (Incl MSP/VMS expertise) o Compensation & Benefits o Learning & Development
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal for contract negotiations)
  • High energy, flexible and with the ability to work in a fast-paced and global business environment Required Skills:
  • Proficiency in English
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of Ariba and/or PeopleSoft as well as Fieldglass or any other VMS system
  • Entitlement to work from Switzerland


Office location: Luzern Area (Switzerland).

Contact person: Maksymilian Scholl (