Operations Department Head

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Job Description:
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.
Cornings history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.
With more than 160 years of science and engineering knowledge, Corning Incorporated creates keystone components for high-technology systems in consumer electronics, mobile emissions control and life sciences. Our Optical Communications segment delivers connectivity to every edge of the network, from optical fiber, cable, hardware and equipment to fully-optimized optical solutions.
What we do is life changing. Our innovations help customers keep pace with the worlds insatiable demand for bandwidth, accelerating the delivery of information and keeping the world connected to the important people, places and things that enhance our lives.
To know more about Corning Optical Communications, visit us at: http://www.corning.com/cablesystems
Role Purpose:
Manage production operations, plant-level operational improvement projects, and plant-level continuous improvement efforts for a specific technology or product line. Achieve safety, cost, quality, asset effectiveness, inventory, service, and growth targets.
Key Responsibilities:
Champion process control and change management efforts to adapt to upstream and downstream operations changes, drive improvement to process capability and mitigate resultant process variation in own department.
Provide supervision to section supervisors, team leaders, technicians and engineers, including effective management of key resources and overall talent management objectives.
Communicate and report department progress to plant staff, division leadership and Manufacturing Effectiveness Council (MEC).
Build and maintain close relationships with other operations departments to share and receive feedback on upstream and downstream operations (e.g., anticipated downtime) and, in turn, optimize performance of production operations.
Build a strong community team with support groups Engineering, IT, OSS to optimize and continually improve performance of production operations.
Deploy Cornings talent management programs within the department to effectively attract, develop, and maintain manufacturing talent, ensures that all salaried employees have training and development plans.
Ensure the protection of Cornings Intellectual Property (IP).
Establish and define expectations for manufacturing competencies within the department.
Approve all process/equipment changes and experimental plans involving the production process, including process improvement, new product trial runs, equipment/tooling redesign, raw material, batch and/or component changes.
Deploy positive employee relations strategy and communicates openly and honestly with employees at all levels
Coordinates and integrates the work of multiple functional groups and systems to produce goods and services while achieving manufacturing targets.
Ensures that production operations are efficient and effective.
Understands and drives improvement in the manufacturing process and support processes.
Promotes organizational effectiveness through innovations and improvements in manufacturing and business processes using defined processes and tools.
Designs, maintains and operates all facilities and equipment to prevent events that could have an adverse impact on people and the environment, cause significant property loss, or result in business interruption.
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts
5-7 years of successful and proven supervisory, team leader and/or section supervisor experience in a manufacturing plant environment.
Experience and accountability for developing, implementing and driving results for MBOs and manufacturing line metrics.
Proven capability to manage, coach, direct and develop salaried exempt and nonexempt employees, training in employee effectiveness, conflict resolution, coaching, listening skills, supervisory effectiveness.
Certified Green Belt.
Training, understanding and demonstrated competence in cost accounting, managing for profitability.
Trained and experienced in fundamentals of safety and health.
Experience managing the talent development strategy for the department, including programs to attract, develop and retain key talent.
Exposure to multiple manufacturing processes and corporate network and resources.
Has participated or led a cross-functional team in a manufacturing environment responsible to deliver key improvement initiative or cost reduction program.
Experience and competence of innovation and new product development and delivery, has participated or led a project team responsible to develop and/or launch a new product into manufacturing.
Experience in collaborating, interfacing and communicating upward and outward (Plant, Business and Division).
Soft Skills:
Proven ability to building effective teams and give clear direction
Proven track record for driving for results- ability to exceed goals successfully
Stretches and grows department talent with strategic, critical work assignments
Ability to set clear objectives and measures.
Strong written and verbal communication skills including effecting presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to act quickly and decisively
Is a model of Corning Values and Code of Conduct
Corning is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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