Plant Safety Manager

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Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63617


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. 

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Role Purpose:

The Safety Manager will help drive continuous improvement in overall health and safety performance while promoting an interlinking organizational culture. The intent of this role is to direct and effectively integrate health and safety processes/programs into the overall plant strategy while maintaining compliance with all applicable federal, state local, and corporate safety laws and standards. Provide Safety guidance and expertise for Safety Excellence in site specific OFC manufacturing plants in North America. This will ensure we have a rigorous safety program that protects the safety of our employees, contractors and visitors at all times. To develop technical solutions to improve Safe manufacturing capability within North America. This role requires working within a complex manufacturing structure at a plant level and aligning with Corporate guidelines to ensure safety standards are maintained. The work is multi-dimensional in the areas of regional sponsorship and corporate regulations and compliance. It involves influencing sustainable change in cultural and technical aspects of manufacturing at all levels of the organization. Management involves working in a matrix organization structure with plant Safety and Corporate Safety teams driving solutions with plant operations, engineering and technology resources.


Key Tasks:

  • Report to the Plant Manager & OFC Global Safety Capability Manager all aspects of Safety performance and improvements.
  • Maintain close liaison with Corporate Safety Management Services
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of facility emergency plans and ensure that all affected employees receive training as needed.
  • Direct and maintain comprehensive assessment of manufacturing capability for Safety in OFC plants – establish current performance and capability. Work should include all aspects of manufacturing operator tools, process equipment, facility operations, maintenance and introduction of new technology.
  • Guide and direct Process Safety Management to ensure compliance with the regulation
  • Sponsor and maintain the Safety Strategy that drives and delivers an improvement roadmap and facilitate the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of safety, and health programs and processes.
  • Contribute to the development of consistent Safety Standards for all manufacturing locations that that aligns with Corning Incorporated that incorporates local codes and regulations, OFC Strategy for all people – Corning employees, contractors, and visitors. This will include sponsoring the management and deployment of evolving changes in Safety Standards, working to ensure that the facility remains current in all external reporting guidelines to corporate, state, local and federal agencies.
  • Contribute toward the driving of the Safety Governance process to ensure Safety Standards, North America Program initiatives and metrics are being implemented, maintained and sustained.
  • Work with internal and external organizations to coordinate industrial hygiene, safety, and health audits of the facility.
  • Conduct self-assessments prior to scheduled audits, prioritize, and take action on audit findings and recommendations.
  • Develop, manage and drive Safety Governance to ensure Safety Standards, Global Program initiatives and Global metrics are being implemented, maintained, improved and sustained.
  • Develop, coordinate and deploy Safety Improvement training that appropriately targets all levels of the organization – Business management, Manufacturing management and all aspects of Manufacturing Operations/Engineering and Functional Groups.
  • Direct and sponsor a Safety team, providing coaching and guidance to ensure the plant is aligned with federal OSHA guidelines, corporate safety strategy, and other regulatory environmental guidelines.
  • Provide guidance and expertise in conducting safety, health and environmental risk assessments for new or existing processes or equipment.
  • Sponsor the introduction of new products and processes into the facility.
  • Facilitate and provide guidance and expertise for the development of a world class safety culture within the facility.



  • Open in North Carolina (Wilmington)


Travel :

  • < 10% - domestic



  • Solid line to Wilmington Plant Manager & dotted line OFC Global Division Safety Capability Manager


Education & Skills:

  • B.S. (M.S. preferred) – occupational health/safety, safety or related subject or Industrial Engineering considered with demonstrated manufacturing experience in Safety Engineering
  • Knowledge of OSHA, PSM, ISO45001/14001:2015 and other relevant regulations and standards
  • Experience with database management
  • Excellent problem-solving skills (DMAIC, DESGN)
  • Experience integrating aspects of EH&S management into the overall operation of the plant
  • Handles time and resources effectively to meet deadlines
  • Information Utilization and ability to use electronic databases such as Gensuite
  • Demonstrated manufacturing experiences in developing and deploying Safety Strategy and associated tactical plans to deliver targeted results. Desired is 5 years of experience within a Safety Management Systems approach.
  • Demonstrated manufacturing experience on a regional or multiple plant environment and cultures.
  • Knowledge and experience in Safety, Regulatory, and Legal guidelines and industry direction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; both organization and presentation skills.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Excellent presentations skills
  • Excellent social skills
  • Effective management of priorities based on risk


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  

The range for this position is  $130,487.00   -  $179,420.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.

Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington

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