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Job Description

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in speciality 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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning's Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

Purpose of Position:

Leads Kennebunk’s Manufacturing Engineering resources in achieving Plant, Business and Corporate objectives in the areas of cost, quality, safety, growth and new products. This position is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Long range Technology Plan for the Plant.

  • Provide production departments with the required technical support and resources to make continuous and step change improvements.
  • Works with the Product Development and Pilot Line groups to assure successful implementation of new products in manufacturing.
  • Project management of major Manufacturing Engineering projects in the Plant.
  • Work with production departments to implement process monitoring to achieve improvements in OEE.
  • Renew/replace Kennebunk’s production equipment including the installation of new molding technologies.
  • Develop permanent corrective action for quality fixes as required.
  • Achieve "Readiness" on AME assessment for sections under Engineering responsibility
  • Manufacturing strategy: development and implementation of technology roadmap.
  • Resource allocation of Plant Engineering resources.
  • Selection and development of plant engineering organization.
  • Use of external resources to achieve Plant objective
  • Assure new or changed processes comply applicable quality and regulatory system requirements.
  • Subject matter expert for HSE Management of Change process
  • Supervises the Performance Excellence organization and the use of improvement tools (DMAIC, MEE, Lean, etc.)
  • Manages the Cost Reduction portfolio for the plant and works with the plant leaders to build a 3-year cost reduction opportunity "funnel"
  • Ensures robust receivership is provided to the Mfg. departments for new products and equipment that are managed by resources external to the plant
  • Manages the plant project portfolio (priority is set by the Site Leadership Team)
  • Manages the capital plan for the plant, ensures that spend timing is forecasted accurately and updates / interfaces with Division Engineering on capital spend and timing
  • Is responsible to plan, set and manage the Plant Engineering department budget

Required Experiences / Education:

  • B.S. in Engineering discipline
  • 20 years’ experience in multiple manufacturing processes
  • Progressive responsibilities in engineering and engineering leadership including engineering department supervisor experience. 
  • Experience with multiple manufacturing processes.
  • Engineering and/or biological production experience.  
  • Demonstrated track record of growing talent.

Desired Skills:

  • M.S. in Engineering or MBA
  • Experience in technical collaboration with staff engineering groups, managing capital projects, and the innovation process.
  • Experience with project management, quality, operations, facilities, performance excellence.
  • Experience with plastics manufacturing, high speed assembly, robotic automation and flexible packaging. 

Soft Skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates drive and commitment.
  • Acts quickly and decisively

About corning

Owens Corning is a producer of glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites and of residential and commercial building materials. The Company operates within two product categories: composites, which include the Composite Solutions segment and building materials, which includes its insulating systems, roofing and asphalt and other building materials and services reportable segments. The Company's products range from glass fiber used to reinforce composite materials used in transportation, electronics, marine, wind energy and other high-performance markets to insulation, roofing and manufactured stone veneer used in residential, commercial and industrial applications. On May 1, 2008, the Company sold two composite manufacturing plants in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway. (Source: 10-K)

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