The Manager is charged with leading the Chemical Engineering Center of Excellence (COE) to foster the development, deployment and improvement in chemically based processes across the corporation. This includes growing the Chemical Engineering capabilities within the COE and across the corporation to support corporate priorities.
The Chemical Engineering COE has four elements:
Being an expert technology group increasing the fundamental understanding of chemically based processes as they are developed, deployed, and improved.
Being known for teamwork in the growth of the chemical engineering function within MT&E.
Being a leader in the professional and technical growth of MT&E team members, as well as
Chemical Engineering talent across the corporation.
Being proactive in indentifying opportunities for synergy and integration of process improvement across Corning.
Ten years experience as a practicing Chemical Engineer/ Preference given to candidates within the chemical, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, or petrochemical process industries.
Track record of managing and recruiting engineering teams, preferably in a global company.
Matrix management – track record of being able to manage by influence and coordinate cross business unit activities.
PE Certification is highly desirable.
This role requires a strong team player who can understand both internal/external requirements and how the MT&E group can be used to address those needs.
Good communicator and ability to explain complex topics concisely to a non-technical audience.
Strong team player; able to be a highly-effective leader in a culture where leadership is through influence rather than edict.
Highly effective communication skills with the ability to synthesize and present complex information in a clear and concise manner to facilitate decision making.
Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to collaborate across the entire company, developing strong, effective, cross-disciplinary relationships.
Action-oriented; decisive; capable of on-time delivery of results and achieving/exceeding goals.
A “big-picture thinker” who understands vision and strategy and turns complex product concepts into reality.
Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network.
A solid business person, intellectually sharp, who is dedicated to the improvement of Corning’s productivity and profitability.
Within Corning Specifics:
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Lead Chemical Engineering group of 5 - 10 engineers and technicians
Workload planning, prioritizing projects, identifying appropriate resources
Recruit, hire, integrate and retain talent into the organization
Assist employees with career planning
Give regular feedback and conduct annual performance reviews
Provide direction to contract employees
Regular visits to project work sites
Develop relationships with internal customers
Participate in Equipment and Process Engineering Directorate Staff meetings and initiatives
Assure a safe work place for employees (e.g. safety checklists, safety training, etc.)
Manage department budget
Provide coaching to individuals outside the department
Actively participate in MT&E events and diversity events
May be asked to lead / directly support critical projects on occasion
Projects involved with:
Key process engineering projects in all areas of the company – focus on stage II-V projects
Performance Excellence (DMAIC) and Manufacturing Engineering Excellence (MEE) projects
Reducing defects by eliminating root causes
Working with suppliers to improve performance
Using first principles knowledge to improve processes
Improving manufacturing uptime, yields, cycle time, and safety
Evaluating new raw materials, new equipment, or new process parameters
Documenting SOP, SOS, experiment planning, and process changes
Internal MT&E Projects
Degree: Advanced Degree in Chemical Engineering
People management skills (people development, performance feedback, staffing, etc.)
Ability to manage department budget
Project management skills
Technical engineering skills
Process analysis skills
Development of fundamental engineering skills in subordinates (A very specific aspect of people development but I’d like to explicitly mention it.)
Knowledge of Corning’s businesses
Prior experience in a plant or division engineering group
Strong internal Corning network
Performance Excellence training – ideally, green belt or higher certification
Basics of LEAN manufacturing
Effective team leader
Good oral and written communication skills with employees, customers, and MTE leadership
Able to motivate and develop people