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Plant Manager



REQ ID:  42907

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 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job Title: Plant Manager

Location: Orwell, OH



Job Summary and Mission:

Plans and manages the overall production activities of a plant. Responsible for production schedules and performance standards for measuring progress. Monitors daily operations to identify and resolve problem areas relating to staffing, scheduling, tooling, safety, quality, and production line arrangement. May direct maintenance of facility and equipment.


Key Job Responsibilities: 


  • Directs projects, processes, functional and business objectives with a broad scope and impact.
  • Provide strategic input to facilitate achievement of business results.
  • Manage a functional or operational area that directly supports the execution of tactical objectives.
  • Assess external developments and develop risk mitigation strategies in the area of responsibility


Key Position Accountabilities: 


  • Provide strategic input to facilitate achievement of business results.
  • Lead the Safety Leadership Committee and develop the site Safety Flight Plan and monitor progress and clear any organizational barriers that may prevent achieving goal of 100% Safe. Establish and enforce safety environment with clear roles and responsibilities, and regularly monitor performance using Safety Reviews.
  • Responsible for plant financial performance.
  • Responsible to assure customer satisfaction needs are meet - lead time, on-time delivery, quality of product.
  • Responsible to assure proper manpower levels are in place to support demand.
  • Responsible for reducing costs through lean and 6 Sigma programs.


Knowledge and Skills: 


  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field or expertise. Oversees execution of cross-functional projects with significant influence on the operations of the Company.
  • Overall understanding of business objectives and influence of department on achievement of those objectives.


Financial/Business Accountability: 


  • Typically accountable for the performance of: Products and/or discipline within a small business unit or staff function.
  • Limited cost exposure impact on functional performance




  • Translates and communicates overall Company strategy and connection to strategy in area of accountability.
  • Primary responsibility for carrying out all, or portions of, the execution plan relating to specific area of accountability.
  • Identifies emerging issues relevant to area of accountability and adjusts execution plan to address issues.
  • Develops the tactical plan for the area of accountability as a reference point to execute strategy.



Leveraging Resources: 

  • Determines how resources are allocated within area of accountability.
  • Typically accountable for development and adherence to a departmental budget.
  • On a day-to-day basis, leverages resources within area of accountability to execute plan.




  • May build and maintain relationships with constituents outside Company to support business needs.
  • Interacts with other departments to coordinate activities.



Decision Making: 

  • Has responsibility for making decisions and managing risks that could have significant but short-term impact on the assets of the Company
  • Makes decisions using detailed analysis, integration, and constructive thinking.


Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates

  • 4-year secondary degree, plus advanced degree preferred.
  • 3 - 5 years management experience
  • Strong LEAN Manufacturing/Continuous improvement background

Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

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