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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.

Manufacturing Manager, LaVergne, TN 

Job Summary and Key responsibilities

·         Manage the production process and influence all relevant support functions to achieve customer fulfillment expectations.

·         Responsible for the achievement of KPIs related to shipping volume targets, on-time delivery, past-due backlog, customer lead time, efficiency, utilization, and overtime premium expense.

·         Own and drive continuous improvements in manufacturing metrics including quality, yields, cycle time, productivity, and cost.

·         Generate current month and future months headcount requirements plan.

·         Quantify current state product cost standards with goals/plans for continuous improvement.

·         Rectify product cost variances to target (root cause and corrective actions).

·         Drive resolution to material availability issues with planning and supply chain resources.

·         Inventory handling/management and accuracy within the Focus Factory (FF).

·         Timely and thorough implementation of engineering changes. An active partner in the creation and review of ECOs when needed.

·         Implement and drive continuous improvement activities through the implementation of change management processes and best practices.

·         Provide leadership and training to accomplish company goals and objectives.

·         Provide direction, development and leadership to production supervisor and product lead

·         Develop and track improvement in the reduction of planned direct labour hours to earned hours.

·         Coordinate, set up, and implement standard operating procedures for all production operations.

·         Establish and monitor overall performance for product and quality standards.

·         Implements and maintain preventative maintenance programs.

·         Ensure complete compliance to prescribed QMS and Lean Manufacturing.

·         Working with your manufacturing engineers in setting / delivering labour and production quality standards

·         Ensure implementation and compliance of health and safety protocol.

Competency Requirements

·         Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal-driven approach toward work

·         Prioritizing and Organizing Work: Allocates time and attention based on what is the most important to achieve key goals and objectives; approaches work in an organized and systematic manner; effectively manages tasks, information, and requests

·         Solving Complex Problems: Breaks down large problems into smaller, more manageable components; identifies key factors that influence the viability of different solutions; clarifies information needed to solve problems

·         Developing Talent: Invests time and resources into building the capabilities of team members; helps people define career goals and establish development plans to achieve them; gives people constructive, developmental feedback and advice

·         Delegating Responsibility: Provides people with clear objectives and allows them to take ownership for their goals; gives people a mix of tasks that challenge but do not overwhelm them; acts as a resource people can utilize to help accomplish their goals

Position Requirements


·         15+ years’ experience in production with a minimum of 5 years at a management level.

·         Experience in production management for PCBA production / mechanical assembly / final electrical and functional test

·         Proven track record in managing production lines for electro-mechanical products in an ERP managed environment

·         Ability to build teams and lead and mentor staff to achieve significant results

·         Leadership skill to lead, motivate employees to keep operations running smoothly, driving year-on-year improvement in performance metrics

·         Strong interpersonal skills to engage with employees, other department managers and senior management

·         Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, identify and address problems, meet deadlines, and stay within budget

·         Hands-on individual driven towards team success with a focus on continuous improvement

·         Ability to create/manage budget, driving appropriate cost control/reduction activities

·         Knowledge of supply chain including MRP and Master Scheduling skills

·         Strong computer literacy in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc.) and ERP systems

·         Strong decision-making skills and results-driven appr

·         US Person

Preferred Qualifications

·         Experience in Contract Manufacturing

·         Experience with Lean manufacturing and ISO quality systems

·         Six Sigma Black Belt expertise (or equivalent) is an asset

·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a relevant discipline such as Supply Chain, Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering 


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