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

Global HR Project Manager

Job Summary:

  • Manages global cross-functional, and/or enterprise-wide projects within Human Resources Shared Services
  • Ensuring successful program/project planning and delivery to meet business/customer expectations.  
  • Ensures that related business and organizational goals are achieved.
  • The HR Project Manager will manage reporting and communications on all projects and requires in depth knowledge of project management tools and methodologies. 
  • May assist other members of the team with problems as appropriate.
  • Oversees a team to ensure projects are completed on time and to specifications.
  • Delegates work and assignments to team members based on expertise, work experience, and time constraints.
  • Attends calls, meetings, and works with all departments, and external collaborators to clarify and document functional requirements for projects.



Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage all activities in a project life cycle (initiation, planning, executing, and control/close), ensuring compliance, management of project resources as well as providing status updates and escalations as needed to key stakeholders within the HR.   This includes needs identification; resource requirements; project dependencies, planning and progression; financial management; status reporting; copious and effective communications; ongoing risk assessment and adaptation; and appropriate escalation strategies and implementation.
  • Consult with regional HRSS teams and HR business partners if required to clarify and define program/project approach, scope, budget and timeline; escalating as necessary
  • Participates as a member of larger effort(s) to independently manage sub-program component(s) under the purview of Global HR Shared Services Leader.
  • Successfully informs and influences sponsors and key stakeholders to promote success of project prioritization, HRSS Leaders through times of ambiguity, and obstacle management and adapts planning, communications, and engagements accordingly.
  • Incorporates multi-business and enterprise support via operations organizational/ systems knowledge and navigation to anticipate change impacts.
  • Ensures full understanding of project impacts then translates that into comprehensive engagement strategies.
  • Incorporates regular and appropriate consultation with HRSS leadership, sponsors, business and other stakeholders to validate project trajectory and project performance feedback.
  • Works with HRIS on various HR Operations projects and partners to provide comprehensive services through system and process solutions.
  • Manages HR process audits to ensures that risk controls are met.

Preferred Areas of Education, Certifications, and Skills:

  • B.S. in Business or related field
  • Excellent project management experience throughout the full project life cycle
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, allowing for communication across entire organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills.
  • Successful track record in the deployment of global HR business processes or programs.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Thorough understanding of or the ability to quickly learn about the project or technologies needed to support responsibilities
  • Demonstrates standards of performance (ownership, teamwork, communication, compassion) that support patient satisfaction and principles of service excellence.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Individual will possess commensurate combination of education, experience, and qualifications.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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