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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 2019. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.




Kennametal is seeking a Tool Room Supervisor that will report directly to the Plant Manager. This position supervises direct labor within a defined work area.  Will oversee manufacturing and operations function with the intent of achieving defined goals such as daily and monthly output schedules, quality levels, etc. Monitors safety, productivity, and efficiency. Ensures the workforce is properly trained. The ideal candidate will have a track record of successful team leadership in a manufacturing environment.


Key Responsibilities:

Supervisors plan and direct the daily activities within our Tooling department. These activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Act as a lead in running all Tool Room operations.
  • Manage order-processing flow to achieve established “on-time delivery” & “lead-time” goals”.
  • Ensure maintenance issues are filed quickly and TPM practices are adhered to, and actions scheduled, with other preventive maintenance completed on a timely basis.  In the event of a crash, the appropriate crash report will be filed with the full root cause and process review.  Seek assistance as needed to determine root cause, corrective action, and where possible, preventative action.
  • Recommend staffing changes and/or overtime to ensure that total department throughput satisfies production requirements.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; developing personal growth opportunities and cross-training.
  • Specify and/or requisition tools, fixtures, spare parts (new & repair), and raw materials where appropriate, and through assigned Manufacturing Engineer (ME).
  • Review, monitor, and focus on increasing productivity, within assigned areas of responsibility, with year over year improvements.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance to 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 instruction, routers and drawings are available to operators in assigned work centers. Supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that operators are properly trained and for conducting In-Process Inspections.
    • Participate in / lead continuous improvement projects to enable Production to meet established performance objectives.
    • Participate in internal ISO audits. Address open Corrective Action Requests (CAR’s) in a timely manner.
  • Conduct daily forward communication for assigned work centers. Agenda items should include:
    • Review performance and efficiency per employee
    • Assure written meeting actions
    • Assign improvement activities and priorities
    • Develop team-building skills
  • 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 a mid-year review and annual performance appraisal for each employee and arrange for their training needs.
  • Complete other assignments, which are delegated by the department manager. 


Required Experience:

  • Must have the relevant hands-on tool and die manufacturing experience. 
  • Experience with Automation
  • Experience with Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)
  • Working knowledge of high-precision machining
  • Knowledge of different polishing methodologies
  • Experience with CNC programming 


Key Requirements:

·         4-year degree preferred with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of tool room experience

·         2-year degree acceptable with a minimum of 10 years of tool room experience

·         2 years of Leadership and operations experience

·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite with heavy knowledge of Excel

·         Must have good technical skills related to day-to-day use of computers and electronic equipment

  • Excellent communication skills, people management experience, deadline-driven

Equal Opportunity Employer