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Product Engineering Supervisor

Date: Jun 8, 2019

Location: Winston-Salem, NC, US, 27107

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 36523


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.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and direction to a local Cable Product Engineering Team for activities related to NAFTA loose tube and drop cable activities.
  • Coordinate development of or establish product specifications for new or modified products based upon knowledge of the application(s) under which the products will be utilized, an awareness of standards applicable to the products and manufacturing/measurement capabilities. Facilitate agreement of final specifications among commercial, manufacturing, standards, and research and development communities.
  • Guide and/or design and facilitate product development, qualification, and characterization testing programs for new or modified products. Determine test attributes, test acceptance criteria, sample size and sample selection criteria. Receive, analyze, and publish test results, including comparison against acceptance criteria and statistical analysis, where applicable.
  • Provide technical and/or training support relating to inquiries arising from manufacturing or PLM/commercial functions. Solutions may be generated through researching available data or though the design and execution of experiments to generate new data.
  • Lead in executing, maintaining, and improving the systems utilized for product specification documentation and changes, the qualification of process and measurement changes and periodic auditing. Assist in tracking the status and metrics associated with these systems.
  • Serve as a key technical resource within Corning Optical Fiber and Cable relative to assigned area(s) of expertise.
  • Interface with and guide local testing lab to ensure test procedures and data meet the intent of the Standard and functional requirement.
  • Work closely with Plant Quality and Engineering to review changes to ensure proper change management system is followed.
  • Interface with PLM on customer inquiries on product performance Projects involved with:
  • Qualification of new products, materials and processes on worldwide manufacturing platforms
  • Provide leadership, engineering support, theoretical background, and consultation on specific projects, such as the assembly and optimization of new tests or the development of new product qualification test plans.
  • Globalization and centralization of general product engineering function
  • Interface with external customers as required.


Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or other technical field required.
  • MBA or Master’s Degree is a plus.


Required Skills

  • Ability to provide leadership, guidance, and instruction; strategic thinking
  • Knowledge of optical fiber cable design and manufacturing processes;
  • Design control and lifecycle management methods and familiarity with the associated systems
  • Project management skills - Displayed ability to effectively manage and execute multiple projects/tasks in parallel
  • Ability to manage and coordinate activities across worldwide manufacturing facilities
  • Ability to assimilate new information quickly and apply past experience to new situations
  • Technical problem solving experience, data-based decision making skills


Desired Skills

  • Process Excellence experience/knowledge
  • Strong regional network of contacts in multiple operational areas
  • Strong statistical skills – data analysis and presentation, design of experiments, etc.


Soft Skills

  • Leadership skills
  • Team and interpersonal skills, ability to work with others at all levels
  • Self-starter, independent problem solver and learner
  • Strong work ethic and desire to exceed expectations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Winston-Salem