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Regional Operational Excellence Manager


Latrobe, PA, US

REQ ID:  36564

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 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Regional Operational Excellence Manager

This position is remote and the candidate will be traveling 30-50% of the time.

The role of the Operational Excellence Regional Manager is to guide activities for a group of facilities in the utilization of lean principles to reduce waste.  Driving continuous improvements ensures high levels of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and long-term profitability for Kennametal.  This role will be responsible for supporting facilities in training, mentoring, project identification, development, and implementation.  Working with key plant personnel, utilize key metrics to identify opportunities for improvement and support actions to improve. 

Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for supporting Operational Excellence activities at 8-12 production facilities within a region.
  • KPS 5 Fundamentals process implementation, sustainment, and assessments.
  • As a leader in the manufacturing organization, operate as a positive change agent, working with all teams and levels in the organization to institutionalize Operational Excellence.
  • Build strong relationships with facility team members to build your operational knowledge and create the teamwork necessary to effectively drive improvement.
  • Share learnings across the plant and across relevant locations, and proactively transfer knowledge from other sites within and outside of Infrastructure to leverage learnings.
  • Collaborate with teams to proactively identify, prioritize, facilitate, and lead projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Facilitate workshops with team members from all levels of the business in the various facilities to drive action and results.
  • Analyzes problems for root cause and recommends improvement solutions.
  • Motivate, mentor, and develop team and the overall organization to continually build operational excellence.

Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates

  • Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in Engineering, Sciences, Business, or a related field.
  • Application knowledge of business improvement / Lean Six Sigma methodology. Experience with facilitation of Kaizen events. Lean Green belt or Black belt preferred.
  • Ability to redefine processes to increase effectiveness and use statistics to make data-driven decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead project teams.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, leadership qualities, influencing, communicating, consulting skills, team/interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience managing projects through the complete project lifecycle: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring, Closing.
  • Experience working with and influencing global teams.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Project Management Software (e.g. MS Project), and demonstrated ability to learn other business software. The preferred project management software is CA Technologies PPM.


As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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