Supervisor Manufacturing


Asheboro, NC, US

On-site or Remote:  Hybrid
REQ ID:  44790


With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Manufacturing Supervisor

Asheboro, NC

Shift: Night, 6PM - 6AM, 2-2-3 schedule


Job Summary:
This role is responsible for providing support to ensure efficient operation of the manufacturing floor and confidential and time-sensitive material. 


Key Job Responsibilities:

1.    Understand and acknowledge day-to-day responsibilities for environmental, health, and safety.  Routinely conduct safety audits and develop action plans.  Periodically meet with or provide progress reports to the department manager / the EHS administrator or the Plant Manager, regarding fulfillment of EHS responsibilities.  Conduct the required training per the EHS procedures for employees who are new in a position before starting job skills training.

2.     Plan and direct the daily activities within the department, either directly or through group leaders. These activities include, but are not limited to:
•    Manage order-processing flow to achieve established “on-time delivery” & “lead-time” goals”.
•    Identify maintenance issues and ensure that all breakdowns, scheduled, and preventive maintenance is completed on a timely basis.  Close out completed work orders daily.
•    Recommend staffing changes and/or overtime to ensure that total department throughput satisfies production requirements.
•    Specify and/or requisition tools, fixtures, spare parts (new & repair), and raw materials where appropriate.
•    Review, monitor, and focus on increasing productivity, within assigned areas of responsibility, with year-over-year improvements.
3.  Ensure ongoing compliance with all product quality requirements, and where possible, identify and address opportunities to improve quality and reduce scrap.  Specific activities include:
•    Participate in scrap meetings held immediately before, after, or during the shift.
•    Ensure that appropriate work instructions are available to operators in assigned work centers.  Supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that operators are properly trained and for conducting Control Plan audits.
•    Participate in / lead continuous improvement projects to enable Production to meet established performance objectives.
•    Prepare & submit monthly update reports to the department manager.
•    Participate in internal ISO audits.  Address open Corrective Action Requests (CAR’s) promptly.

4.  Conduct regular scheduled (quarterly minimum) communication meetings for assigned work centers.  Agenda items should include:
•        Review plant quality procedures
•        Discuss areas of highest non-conformance (including scrap)
•        Maintain equipment cleaning assignments/employee
•        Review performance and efficiency per employee
•        Assure written meeting actions
•        Assign improvement activities and priorities
•    Develop team-building skills

5.    Maintain records of employee time and attendance.  Counsel employees as appropriate to address performance concerns or issues in accordance with the guidelines established in the Employee Guideline Handbook.  Complete an annual performance appraisal for each employee and arrange for their training needs.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates 

  • Requires a minimum of high school education, a 4-year secondary degree preferred with a minimum of 3 years manufacturing experience or 2 or more years of formal technical training beyond high school
  • 3-5 years of people supervision with proven ability in conflict resolution.
  • Basic professional knowledge of environmental, health, and safety issues.  
  • Must have working knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, robust problem-solving techniques, material requirements planning (MRP), time and attendance as well as computer software such as; Microsoft Office & companion programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook). 
  • Strong communication skills


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