Sr Program Manager Manufacturing - Remote


Remote, NC, US

Onsite or Remote: 
REQ ID:  44124

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.


Sr Program Manager Manufacturing - Remote

Location - Prefer candidate in or near Asheboro, NC, but would be open to candidate working remotely from somewhere in Eastern Time Zone US with travel up to 50%


Job Summary


This role is responsible for managing, through direct influence, the overall coordination and execution of highly complex programs with multi-million-dollar budgets. Project types may include strategic projects, new product development, major capital improvement investments, 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 may will also act as liaison between business functions (e.g., Manufacturing, Marketing, Technology, IT, Finance), identifying key stakeholders, ensuring alignment is being facilitated among process owners. Executive level and senior leadership communications are expected. This role also includes contributing to overall business strategy associated with project selection.


Key Job Responsibilities

• Manage day to day responsibilities of various workstream teams by creating complete capital and project execution plans, with defined scope, success criteria, schedule, financial, risk, 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 program 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.

• Position can be located in any of the following locations: KMT office, home office.

• Travel required will be over 50% depending on hiring location.




• Bachelors degree in an engineering or manufacturing discipline required.

• Ten to fifteen years of demonstrated experience as a program manager leading efforts with multi-million-dollar budgets using cross functional teams from several different groups

• Able to execute programs of high complexity and uncertainty from concept through deployment with no supervision and in accordance with Kennametal’s stage gate process.

• Demonstrated experience in leading technical, design and manufacturing teams, including contract resources, in a global environment; Global project management experience required.

• Experience utilizing disciplined, structured, and repetitive processes to manage project teams.

• Demonstrated experience in project selection / project portfolio alignment.

• Demonstrated experience with facilitating strong collaboration/communication across multiple geographic locations.

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

• Languages: English required.

• Strong competency in customer focus (both internal and external) to ensure program objectives meet the customer’s needs.

• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, Project Management Software (e.g. Microsoft Project), and demonstrated ability to learn other business software.

• Demonstrated and proven proficiency in program management


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