Buying/Procurement Specialist

Wabtec Corporation

Erie, 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.

Our Erie, PA site is the largest facility under Wabtec; located on beautiful Lake Erie in northern Pennsylvania and part of the Wabtec family of companies. Wabtec is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services. Whether it’s freight rail, transit, mining, industrial, or marine, our expertise, technologies, and people – together – are accelerating the future of transportation. At Wabtec, we are moving and improving the world!


The Buying/Procurement Specialist will manage the buying process from a given set of direct of production buy parts. Apply sourcing policies; interact with different suppliers and business segments. Requires strong foundation and knowledge in procurement/sourcing. In this role, you will utilize your experience and expertise to solve problems, drive process adherence, develop, and execute objectives for self and others, and can affect short-term and some long-term business goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • As the Buying/Procurement Specialist you will:
  • Place and follow-up on POs (Purchase Order)
  • Manage relationships with suppliers including On Time Delivery, Material availability, Lead Time Maintenance and Reduction
  • Update MRP systems
  • Balance tactical execution with strategic initiatives necessary to drive Material Availability and other key business metrics.
  • Work together with cross functional teams including Sourcing, Quality, Manufacturing, Program Management  
  • Develop awareness of manufacturing processes and improve product knowledge
  • Manage supplier performance reviews
  • Contribute to projects as a team member or lead special projects within the Fulfillment organization.
  • Share knowledge and help to mentor other team members

Education/Work Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college (or a high school diploma / GED plus 4 years of Buying/Procurement experience)
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in Buying/Procurement/Sourcing or Supplier management relevant experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Desired Characteristics

  • Strategic and creative thinking to analyze issues that may arise and create solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while having a high degree of attention to details.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to influence, motive, coach, and drive accountability.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite

Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand for long durations of time and be mobile throughout the workday. Employee must be able to effectively communicate (talk and hear), and use hands and fingers to handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Regularly required to operate a variety of automated office machines which includes a computer, printer, copy machine, calculator, telephone, etc. Must be able to move or carry objects or materials.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn, apply and teach new information or skills; and interact with other employees, customers and vendors.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an indoor manufacturing environment.  The employee will work in areas exposed to production activities to include but not limited to production machinery, assembly operations, overhead cranes usage, and forklift traffic.  The employee will be required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to workplace hazards. Intermittent travel may be required for this position, not to exceed 20%.


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.