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Sr Manager Smart Factory/Industry 4.0S


Latrobe, PA, US

REQ ID:  39864

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 Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Senior Manager Smart Factory/Industry 4.0

Remote Position


This role will lead the Smart Factory or Industry 4.0 Initiative for Kennametal globally. This role would have reporting responsibility for a dedicated team of global engineering resources and data scientists to execute and mature the smart factory initiative partnering closely with IT, Operations, Engineering, and other relevant functional teams.  This is a critical and dynamic role for Kennametal to continue maturing our smart factory initiative  


Key Job Duties/Attributes

  • Execute smart factory initiatives to achieve key AOP priorities and commitments.
  • Ensure readiness and maintenance of critical manufacturing process data and IT systems required to support the smart factory architecture.
  • Lead and manage prioritization of budget and resources to achieve key commitments
  • Drive robust management of change process with operations and key functions to implement new digital capabilities in our day-to-day operations
  • Closely manage risks to implement and achieve key results for Smart Factory initiative and escalate across the project teams and business stakeholders when necessary
  • Develop and execute a communication plan to promote smart factory capabilities and key use cases globally
  • Utilize Industry 4.0 Smart Factory tools to assess machine performance data. Lead continuous improvement across the global MFG sites for all (Cost, Quality, Scrap, Labor hours)
  • Coordinate with external vendors to implement and/or sustain key purchased capabilities and tools.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • 15 years of experience in manufacturing related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, IT or Data Science (master’s degree preferred)
  • Experience with operations technology and operational excellence disciplines preferred
  • Competency with IT system structures, machine connectivity to the cloud
  • Experience managing or working close with data science teams and analytics projects
  • Experience implementing process changes on a global scale preferred
  • Experience managing projects through the complete project lifecycle: Building business case, Planning, Execution, Monitoring, Report outs
  • Proven experience leading and supporting projects with global teams.
  • Problem-solving skills, leadership qualities, influencing cross-functional project teams, communicating, and consulting skills
  • Leadership experience directly managing teams and in matrixed environment preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Project Management Software
  • Experiencing with programming and coding (preferred i.e., Python, Java, etc.)
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure Suite and associate visual and data analytic tools



 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.

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