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Technical Production Supervisor - Automated Lines


Solon, OH, US

REQ ID:  42176

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.


Technical Production Supervisor

 Solon, OH


The Technical Production Supervisor will understand and acknowledge day-to-day responsibilities for environmental, health, and safety. Routinely conduct safety audits and develop action plans. Conduct hazard assessments throughout their area of responsibility, and incorporate findings into JSA as needed.  Periodically meet with or provide progress reports to the department manager / the EHS administrator or the Plant Manager, regarding fulfillment of EHS responsibilities; participation on the Safety Leadership Team. Inform and conduct the required training per the EHS procedures for employees who are new in a position prior to starting job skills training.  Conduct refresher sessions for existing employees, based upon recent incidents, audit findings and site or company initiatives (e.g., hand safety).  Ensure compliance of their area and employees to existing safety guidelines such as PPE, housekeeping practices, guarding, safety checklists, etc. They will take appropriate and consistent disciplinary actions as they pertain to safety compliance.



The Technical Production Supervisor is responsible for maintaining and improving production volume through automated cells by managing personnel, material flow, and technical troubleshooting of production-created errors and issues. 

Supervisors plan and direct the daily activities within the department, either directly or through technical leads. These activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Work with Manufacturing Engineering to provide suggestions and support for productivity improvements.
  • Own departmental KPIs. Scrap reduction, Productivity, and OEE improvements with Year over Year improvements.
  • Learning, understanding, and troubleshooting of Automated systems, robotics, and scheduling system.
    • Troubleshooting and Error recovery
    • Documentation of issues and resolutions
    • Escalation of issues (raw material, tooling, maintenance, scheduling…) with a high sense of urgency
  • Ensure maintenance issues are filed quickly, TPM practices are adhered to, and actions are scheduled, with other preventive maintenance tasks completed on a timely basis.
  • Any production-created downtime will need immediate RCA with tracking of action and accountability of personnel.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; developing personal growth opportunities and cross-training.
  • Drive cross-training and flexible workforce inline with department and facility goals.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance to all product quality requirements, and where possible, identify and address opportunities to improve quality and reduce scrap. Specific activities include:
    • Participate in scrap meetings held immediately before, after, or during the shift.
    • Ensure that appropriate work instruction, routers and drawings are available to operators in assigned work centers. Supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that operators are properly trained and for conducting In-Process Inspections.
    • Participate in / lead continuous improvement projects to enable Production to meet established performance objectives.
    • Participate in internal ISO audits. Address open Corrective Action Requests (CARs) in a timely manner.
  • Conduct daily forward communication for assigned work centers. Agenda items should include:
    • (S)Safety (near miss, toolbox talks, focus discussions, find and fix)
    • (Q)Quality performance and trends including focus initiatives to reduce scrap and rework
    • (D)Delivery performance including Sales, OTP and ABZ fill rates
    • (I)Inventory Levels
    • (P)Performance-based upon efficiency metrics
    • Review actions and plans through an Activity Log or similar tool to address group and site underperformance to goals.  There should be an engagement of the group into controlling their destiny and positive impact and attitude.
  • Review performance and efficiency per employee
  • Develop team-building skills
  • Maintain records of employee time and attendance.
  • Counsel employees as appropriate to address performance concerns or issues in accordance with the guidelines established in the Employee Guideline Handbook.
  • Complete a mid-year review and annual performance appraisal for each employee and arrange for their training needs.
  • Complete other assignments, which are delegated by the department manager. 



  • Associate Degree in Engineering minimum or 10 years of supervision in an automated manufacturing environment with formal technical training
  • 4-year degree preferred with a minimum of 5 years of manufacturing experience.
  • Basic professional knowledge of environmental, health, and safety issues.
  • Proficiency in using Outlook, MS Excel, MS-Word, and MS PowerPoint applications.
  • Flexible work schedule with alternating shifts and support in issue resolutions. 
  • SAP experience 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: Cleveland

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