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Strategic Sourcing Buyer

Date: Aug 9, 2019

Location: Changzhou, China, CN

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 38248


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.

Position Description:

  • Responsible for assured supply of materials, equipment and services, (on time, best price, high quality) in addition to competitive costs, minimizing inventories and supplier performance
  • Integrate into business to establish linkage with new and existing projects to communicate policies and procedures related to Global Supply Management (GSM) and establish shared objectives to drive results.
  • Manage the end to end Source to Pay processes in part with the Ariba suite of tools; help define requirements, executing non-disclosure agreements, certificates of insurance, and agreements/contracts as appropriate.
  • Ensure the buy channel strategy is efficiently utilized including vendor add process, transaction reductions, credit card utilization and description buy process.
  • Work with internal customers to establish requirements, support development of appropriations requests, develop sourcing strategies, evaluate the potential supply chain, ensure intellectual property protection and total cost of ownership utilizing supplier and market intelligence. (low cost sourcing activities, consortiums, competitive bidding etc…) for cost savings, and/or value add opportunities.
  • Lead Buyer sourcing activities; create RFI, RFP, RFQ’s (requests for information, proposal or quote).
  • Negotiate agreements and develop contracts with potential and/or current major suppliers to obtain maximum value. Deploy suppliers and processes to Corning locations.
  • Manage supplier performance with Supplier Relationship Management tools and resolve performance issues. Collaborate with technical and engineering teams to maintain effective supplier relationships
  • Identify opportunities to leverage and integrate the GSM Services into AFR Business


Scope of Position:

  • Deploys GSM strategies and plans to make decisions necessary to purchase product or services aligned with organizational objectives and sourcing strategies.
  • Creates and maintains contractual documents (Supply Agreements, Pricing Agreements, Non- Disclosure Agreements (protect IP), Certificates of Insurance, etc.).
  • Owns/Assists with Supplier Relationship Management Process (including supplier audits)
  • Recommends changes to purchasing practices/supply management to ensure conformance with established laws, policies, and ethical principles). Participates in the planning and implementation of these changes.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams focused on process improvements, cost
  • reduction and supply chain issue resolution
  • Ensures compliance with internal and external auditing requirements related especially to GSM or any other certification (if applicable)
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy. Ensures compliance.


Required Skills

  • Knowledge in raw materials procurement, industry preferred in metal, plastic
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiation skills: proven experience with demonstrated skills in procurement, sourcing and negotiation tactics that yield best value
  • Communication and influencing skills: one on one and group
  • Acts with Integrity and Authenticity
  • Financial / Analytic skills:  collects, analyzes & leverages data


Education & Experience required

  • Bachelor’s degree: Supply Chain preferred or Technical degree
  • Knowledge in raw materials procurement, industry preferred in metal, plastic, chemical equipment


Employee Referral Level: 1