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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 2018. Learn more at


An excellent opportunity has become available to join Kennametal as a Program Manager New Product Development (m/f/d) based in Nabburg Steel (Germany).


Job Summary


The Program Manager is responsible for the overall leadership, coordination, resource identification, status reporting, and stability of single site initiatives. The primary roles and responsibilities will include the planning, development, organization, and maintenance of the project goals, timelines and resource plans, preparation of presentations, project documentation and resource plans, status updates, and other communication tools, and leading the overall program execution along with the management and oversight of financial activities related to the project.


Key Job Responsibilities


This particular role is responsible for leading the site modernization program for steel:


  • Monitor critical resource allocations and facilitate the resolution of critical resource constraints.
  • Manage the resource identification, allocation to modernization projects and open availability.
  • Leads regular project reviews communicates status of projects, risks and actively exercises mitigation plans.
  • Lead process and procedure development related to critical modernization to facilitate a standardized approach across the organization.
  • Conduct proactive and comprehensive risk management to ensure risks are identified, impacts are known and communicated and mitigations are planned into the project schedule. Collaborate with Project Managers in other areas to create a community of practice, leverage standardization and drive positive development within the function.
  • Execute technology & Advanced Manufacturing Engineering defined project goals to enable the modernization of regional facilities to achieve the overall cost targets and timing outlined in the project scope.




  • Bachelor’s in Engineering
  • 10-15 years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with cross functional teams
  • Proven experiences in leading, organizing, executing projects and initiatives
  • Strong customer relationship management skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities concurrently
  • Excellent written and oral communication, collaboration and inter-personal skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Very good German and English language skills
  • PMP Certification from PMI and/or other project management training is desired.
  • Lean Greenbelt certifications (VSM, RCA, FMEA, and/or QFD) preferred.
  • Willingness to travel


Your perspective

The transparent structures make short decision-making possible and individual successes visible. Responsibility do not stop in the department and often goes beyond national boundaries. Corporate culture is therefore a part of internationality.


Have we sparked your interest? We are looking forward getting in contact with you! 

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