Quality Manager

Celebrating its 80th year 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 2018. Learn more at www.kennametal.com.




Manager Quality

Bedford, PA




The experienced, successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the Bedford facility's quality management program, including the development and management of a team of quality personnel, to ensure customer satisfaction through the production of products that consistently meet our customers' needs and design standards.  This person will maintain all facets of the quality system to the current ISO 9001 standard, respond to customer and supplier issues through formal problem-solving techniques, drive continuous improvement through Lean manufacturing principles and work closely with key stakeholders, internal and external, to ensure long-term success.


Position Responsibilities


  • Develop and manage the direction of quality and reliability standards for the Bedford facility and functionally for other Earth Cutting Tools facilities.

  • Create and maintain the Quality Management System to the current ISO 9001 standard. This includes managing and coordinating all ISO activities associated with site accreditation.

  • Drive and establish quality procedures through benchmarking, collaboration and data analysis that reduce cost, minimize variability and improve resource optimization and utilization.

  • Maintain product quality by enforcing quality assurance policies, procedures and government requirements.

  • Establish requirements for manufacturing component parts for suppliers and monitor their compliance.

  • Devise and review specifications for products and processes.

  • Direct the analysis of all field claims through Bedford Quality Assurance lab and direct results to proper Earth Cutting facility for corrective and preventive action.

  • Train employees in basic problem solving, SPC (statistical process control), and other statistical methods.

  • Supervise engineers and technicians to support high degree of technical assessment and analytics.

  • Develop and leverage reporting that highlights areas for continuous improvement actions.



Education & Work Experience


  • Candidates should possess a 4-year degree; Mechanical Engineering degree preferred, and advanced degree is highly desirable

  • Implementation experience of computer-based statistical methods such as DOE and SPC, with teaching experience preferred in the latter

  • At least 5 years' experience in development and implementation of a Total Quality System

  • Detailed knowledge of ISO standards and requirements

  • At least 8-years' quality experience within the manufacturing/automotive industry preferred

  • At least 3 -years' experience in a managerial or team lead capacity

  • Six Sigma, ASQ certification CMQ/OE highly desired

  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

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