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Program Manager-Germany


Fuerth, BY, DE

REQ ID:  40505

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 8,600 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.8 billion in revenues in fiscal 2021.

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Program Manager (m/w/d) – remote, Germany


Job Summary


This role can be performed remote with business trips to Kennametal sites & production plants when required. You are responsible for managing, through direct influence, the overall coordination and execution of medium to large-size projects / programs with million-dollar budgets. Project types may include new product development, mid capital improvement investments, manufacturing process development and implementation efforts at various production plants and manufacturing footprint initiatives.

The primary role and responsibilities will include the leadership, planning, development, organization and maintenance of the project timeline and resource plans for defined Kennametal projects mainly in EMEA. This role may will also act as liaison between business functions (e.g., Manufacturing, Marketing, Technology, IT, Finance), identifying key stakeholders, and ensuring alignment is being facilitated among process owners.


Key Job Responsibilities


  • Manage day to day responsibilities of various workstream teams by creating complete capital and project execution plans, with defined scope,
  • success criteria, schedule, financial, risk, and plant readiness plans.
  • Develop tactical plans to achieve business results and provide feedback and input on strategy to the Portfolio Manager and Business Unit Lead.
  • Monitor processes and provide reports on progress and achievement of business/program objectives using Integrated Master Schedules to identify and manage the critical paths (capacity, capability, etc.) for all project requirements. Track and communicate key program metrics and milestones to all team members and stakeholders.
  • Conduct proactive and comprehensive risk management to ensure risks are identified, impacts are known and communicated, and mitigations are planned into the project schedules.


Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates


  • Bachelors degree in an engineering or manufacturing discipline required.
  • Five to ten years of demonstrated experience as a project manager leading efforts with million-dollar budgets using cross functional teams from several different groups
  • Able to execute programs of medium – high complexity and uncertainty from concept through deployment with minimal supervision and in accordance with Kennametal’s stage gate process.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading technical, design and manufacturing teams, including contract resources, within a regional environment; Global project management experience preferred.
  • Experience utilizing disciplined, structured, and repetitive processes to manage project teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with facilitating strong collaboration/communication across multiple geographic locations.
  • Strong competency in customer focus to ensure program objectives meet the customer’s needs.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, Project Management Software (e.g. Microsoft Project), and demonstrated ability to learn other business software.
  • Demonstrated and proven proficiency in program management principals required; PMP certification a plus.
  • Understanding of manufacturing and operations preferred



If you have any questions, please contact our Lead Recruiter, Mr. Marlon Allmannsberger.


Tel. +49 711 89989167


We are looking forward to your application!

Equal Opportunity Employer

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