Advanced Manufacturing Process Staff Engineer - R&D Innovation

Job Description
Kennametal delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enable us to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. Strategically aligned across our two core businesses - Industrial and Infrastructure - our products and services touch nearly every manufacturing process. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.

Innovation Ventures Group

Support all phases of Innovation Venture Projects from Discovery through Development and Transitioning to the business by managing supply chain for fast prototyping and manufacturing process scale-up and qualification at internal and external technology partners.


• Identify and establish interfaces with internal and external technology sources relevant to existing and emerging manufacturing needs of the IVG programs

• Manage interactions to manufacture and deliver prototypes to the customer

• Develop options and build prototypical supply chain models and evaluate their potential for the cost effectiveness to provide input to the development of new business models

• Manage transition of manufacturing processes developed under IVG programs into ISCL, including those at external technology partners/vendors, from development to full scale manufacturing, ensuring adequate process capability and delivery times

• Support a broad range of IVG programs with building cost models and identifying strategies for optimizing the new products cost structure


• Broad background in materials and process, including metals, ceramics, coatings, powders

• In-depth knowledge and experience with manufacturing processes in more than one technology area

• Must have background and experience in New Product Platform development, with strong emphasis on the scale-up and introduction to manufacturing

• Ability to interact with Project teams to proactively make recommendation for prototyping and manufacturing paths, considering various alternatives

• Work independently in proactively identifying manufacturing capability needs for wide variety of IVG projects

• Ability to work independently to identify and tap into the right resources at Kennametal plants and global R&D sites is critically important

• Demonstrated proficiency with Lean and Six Sigma tools

• Good knowledge of internal Kennametal manufacturing processes including powder metallurgy of hardmetals and ceramics.

• Prior experience in building cost models and ability to understand effect of the various cost components on the project financials is desired

• BS in Material Science or Metallurgy, with M.S. strongly preferred



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