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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 2019. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Manager Operation Excellence


You will manage the execution of Kennametal Business System using Lean methodology, Daily Management, Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and Cross-Functional Management by driving continuous improvement and lean manufacturing efforts to improve financial performance and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for safety, quality, production, efficiency, and service. In this role, you will act as a change agent to help eliminate non-value-added activities while improving operational excellence throughout the facilities.



  • Manage successful performance of the strategic planning & implementation process for the development of the annual company Kennametal Operation Strategy Action Plan.
  • Promote the company-wide KI program ensuring achievement of Kaizen targets; including on-time achievement, high quality QC Story results, and overall associate engagement.
  • Drive KI prioritization with top management for critical business issues that promote step-change improvements.
  • Manage a team of interdisciplinary professionals that provide critical business services around process management, project management, data analytics, and business reporting and facilitation of KI activities.
  • Develop and own the system for project planning and execution of key business initiatives, administering the Cross-Functional Team management. Coach and train associates on lean tools and fundamentals.
  • Provide feedback and support as needed to Plant Managers, Managers, supervisors and responsible associates regarding CI activities and coach/facilitate/train events
  • Actively audit Plants and develop the next generation of auditors, among line professionals (Plant Managers, IE, Material Managers…)
  • He is actively involved and promotes in cross fertilization programs and global projects sharing all best practices of his Plant / Region


Your qualification :

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical / Industrial Engineering or other manufacturing-related fields
  • Five (5) years of continuous improvement experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated experience in the areas of Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, Lean principles, statistics, and data analysis
  • Experience in optimizing the performance, such as;
  1. Factory systems and line process inputs
  2. Continuous improvement process operations
  3. EHS and Quality systems for defect elimination
  4. Operational systems for waste elimination
  5. People development for engagement and ownership
  6. Skill matrices plan for production employees
  • Fluent in English and Hebrew
  • Must have knowledge with: Lean methodology and tools, Kaizen
  • Advantage: Black belt qualification


Equal Opportunity Employer

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