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Manager Human Resources


lavergne, TN, US

REQ ID:  38446

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.

Job Title: Manager Human Resources

Location: Nashville, TN



Job Summary and Mission:

Strategic HR partner to plant leaders (overseeing multiple sites); responsible for staffing planning for strategic growth, leadership staffing and development, talent retention and engagement, and change management.  

• Challenge status quo driving and facilitating diversity of thought.
• Partner with HR colleagues and plant leadership in organizational assessment and diagnosis to translate strategies into actions that deliver results and improve organizational capability.
• Identifies trends and partners with leadership to create and implement plans to address challenges at plant level (skill gaps, turnover, diversity, utilization, performance improvement/management, organization design and restructuring, etc.).
• Partner with operations leadership on people, organization and business strategy, talent management, development & acquisition, employee engagement and organizational capability.

• Partner with Talent Acquisition and hiring managers to provide strategic staffing and recruitment consultation.

● Partner with HRSS to provide a positive employee experience for payroll, leave administration and other transaction tasks
• Maintains, and communicates key HR metrics and scorecards that define org performance and growth. Reinforces corporate strategies for alignment to objectives that impact the enterprise operation
• Ensures performance management systems are being followed through intervention, coaching and business partnerships
• Execute the rollout of ongoing Talent Programs around performance management, organization and talent assessment, engagement and more at plant level.



 Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of specialized field or expertise.
  • Oversees execution of key cross-functional projects in support of strategy.
  • Overall understanding of business objectives and influences of department on achievement of those objectives.
  • Experience in a Manufacturing Environment preferred
    In-depth knowledge of working in a matrix organization
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, statutes, etc., which govern employment policies and practices
  • Thorough understanding and application of internal and external HR principles, concepts, practices and standards
  • Excellent planning and organization skills, attention to detail, ability to handle multiple tasks, and work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; must be an articulate and persuasive communicator
  • Ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues
  • Limited supervision and direction is provided, as this individual can operate and drive results and set priorities independently
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Experience working with HR database
  • Strong business and compensation acumen

Leveraging Resources:

  • Determines how resources are allocated within area of accountability.
  • Provides input into organizational design for area of accountability, primarily with a focus on short-term.
  • Typically, accountable for development and adherence to a departmental budget.


Typical Education or Equivalent Work Experience:

  • 4-year secondary degree, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years in discipline
  • Previous management experience is 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.

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