Automation Leader - Industry 4.0

Wabtec Corporation

Pittsburgh, PA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Role Summary/Purpose:

The role of Automation Leader will serve as a member of Wabtec’s Operations Excellence team.  In this critical role, the Automation Leader will be responsible for defining the strategy for physical and data process automation for operations, supply chain, and distribution.  Strategy will then be deployed in the form of projects that will unlock productivity and efficiencies within the network of Wabtec’s manufacturing facilities. 

The Automation leader will serve as the principal PMO and technical expert to drive transformation across Global Supply Chain.  An effective candidate will have experience and demonstrated execution in the areas of robotics, AI, software, and a track record for driving global projects.  This role is critical and will have significant visibility given the business imperative of operational excellence.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Define Automation and AI strategy for Wabtec’s Global Supply Chain Network, inclusive of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA).
  • Manage global project execution, focusing on efficiencies in machining, inspection, assembly, distribution, and smart assets.
  • Lead coach and mentor a team of Operational Technology exempts governing our I 4.0  footprint.
  • Partner with Engineering and Information Technology teams to drive outcomes.  Build collaborative relationships with stakeholders and an integrated business automation strategy.
  • Communicate regularly across supply chain functions & present to leadership on key issues, value-add and maturation of manufacturing facilities and global processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree / Master’s degree in Process Automation Technologies or Engineering from an accredited university or college
  • Minimum of 10 years'  experience in Automation technologies / deployment or related experience.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time.
  • Previous experience Leading and developing teams and individuals

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong Project Management Skills (WBS / Constraint Management)
  • Strong Financial acumen
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to influence others and lead cross-functional teams
  • Lead high impact, multi-faceted initiatives.
  • Effective problem identification and solution skills
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution and negotiation skills.

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.