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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.

Site Program Manager


This role is responsible for managing, through direct influence, the overall coordination and execution of mid to large size programs with multi-million dollar budgets.  Program types may include: new product development, large capital improvement investments at facilities around the globe, 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 program timeline and resource plans for defined Kennametal projects.  This role will also act as liaison between business functions including Manufacturing, Marketing, Technology, and Finance, identifying key stakeholders, and ensuring alignment is being facilitated among process owners.


Key Job Responsibilities


  • Manage day to day responsibilities of multiple project teams by creating complete capital and execution plans, defined success criteria, budget plans 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 projects and requirements.  Track and communicate key program metrics and milestones to all team members and stakeholders.
  • Optimize resource allocation and utilization to accomplish program objectives efficiently and on time.  Ensure schedules are resource loaded to drive accountability.
  • Conduct proactive and comprehensive risk management to ensure risks are identified, impacts are known and communicated, and mitigations are planned into the project schedules.
  • Collaborate with Project and Program Managers in other areas to create a community of practice, leverage standardization and drive positive development within the function.
  • Position can be located in any of the following locations:  Mistelgau, Germany or local to area
  • Travel required will be over 25% depending on hiring location


Knowledge & Skills


  • BS degree in an engineering or manufacturing discipline required
  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience as a technical program manager leading efforts with multi-million dollar budgets using cross functional teams from several different groups
  • Able to execute programs of significant 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, across a global environment.
  • Experience utilizing disciplined, structured, and repetitive processes to manage marketing, engineering, finance and manufacturing teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with facilitating strong collaboration/communication across multiple geographic locations
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong competency in customer focus (both internal and external) to ensure program objectives meet the customer’s needs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Project Management Software (i.e. MS Project), and demonstrated ability to learn other business software.
  • Demonstrated and proven proficiency in program management principals required, PMP certification a plus
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing and operations preferred
  • Knowledgeable in the analysis and implementation of lean manufacturing principals (e.g. Lean Six Sigma)

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