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Senior Manager Human Resource Business Partner


Pittsburgh, PA, US

REQ ID:  41562

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

Senior Manager Human Resources Business Partner

Hybrid - in Pittsburgh office 1-2 days / week


Does influencing a culture of performance and accountability excite you? Does helping to modernize a company to provide career opportunities for future generations sound interesting? Do you have a competitive nature that fuels you to move an organization forward? If you’re inspired to be great and to work with great people, then you should consider exploring our opportunity as a Sr HR Field Services Representative


We are looking for an individual who can drive the talent agenda and appropriate HR service integration to improve the effectiveness of the plant operations. This will be a hybrid role and entail going into the Pittsburgh, PA office about 2 days per week.


The individual must have experience and credibility working with different levels of the organization including senior leadership, managers and individual contributors of various functions to engage, prioritize and deliver a vast offering of HR services. These services include but are not limited to, recruitment, talent assessment and performance management, employee engagement, HR analytics, succession planning, compensation planning and communications.


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as Trusted Advisor & Influencer. Provide unbiased counsel and create an interactive partnership with local leadership and employees.
  • Works closely with management and employees to create highly effective work relationships, maintain a positive work environment, drive retention, and positively influence a culture of performance, accountability, respect, ethics, and integrity. Endorse and support Safety as a core value of the organization.
  • Provides day-to-day guidance to management (e.g. coaching, counselling, career development, disciplinary actions, performance management).
  • Coordinates and conducts management evaluations in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance review, and inclusiveness.
  • Works closely with recruiting partners to ensure the attraction and retention of a diverse, qualified workforce.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientation, in alignment with corporate practices, to foster a positive experience and effective integration into the organization.
  • Provides guidance and input to local management on organization structure, career pathing, workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Drive corporate HR strategy and initiatives to plant level.
  • Maintains legal compliance with employment regulations.
  • Be part of union negotiations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • In-depth HR generalist background with strong Business Partner capability, leadership development and sound communication skills.
  • Excellent active listening and negotiation skills.
  • Competence to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships.
  • Previous experience working in an HR environment structured with Centers of Excellence, HR Business Partners, Shared Service operations and external vendor management.
  • Strong leadership, project management, analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong working knowledge in employment law.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to employees while fostering a positive, supportive reputation for Human Resources.


Education and experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources required
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment preferred 

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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