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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 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2018. Learn more at

WIDIA Global Industrial Engineering Manager (General Manager)


Job Summary - Purpose of the job


In charge of setting Standardization guidelines on internal and external logistic flow, workplace organization and process setup according ergonomic and robust design principles. His job should enable WIDIA plants to be ready for smooth production, focused automatization and preventive approach on Quality, Safety and Productivity. He is supposed to highlight at the end where standard tools are not enough to get zero principle in term of waste, losses and risks to drive the step forward to a sustainable I4.0 approach.    


Key Job Responsibilities - in order of importance


  • Set internal standard to design, verify and optimize production stations, warehouses and internal layout according TPS principles. Share and promote Best Practices sharing and Global Projects to enhance cooperation and synergies among plants.
  • Discuss and validate local budget, creating a logical link among KPI improvement expected productivity increase and CAPEX, OPEX. Coordinate local teams to design AFE and follow their implementation.
  • Create and develop “zero principle” culture in WIDIA Plants
  • Create the network and all the needed relationship to keep WIDIA Manufacturing constantly up to date in term of Innovation (University, Benchmark, Organizations) and state of the art.


Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates - necessary to perform the job at the minimum acceptable level and preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree + (Mechanical / Industrial / Automotive)
  • 20+ years of experience in multi-national companies
  • Industrial / Production / Manufacturing / Methods / Project Engineering, Statistics, Lean Six Sigma, WCM, TQM, Brown/Green Field Projects, Cross-functional Team Management,
  • Passport


Role Reports to:                            Widia Manufacturing Director (dotted line to be defined)


People Management:                    Yes


Direct Reports Job Titles:            Local Industrial Engineers in short term (dotted line).

                He will have direct report also on local Lean Managers (dotted line)


Geographical Scope / Travel:     Global


Management Scope:                    Multiple Unit / Department


External Relationships:                University + Vendors + Lean institutions


Internal Relationships:                 Local IE community + WIDIA Global Functions + Plant Managers

                + Local Management + Global AME



Equal Opportunity Employer

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