Director IT, Program Management

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.


The Wabtec IT Application Excellence team’s mission is to create long term, sustainable value for Wabtec through collaborative business partnership, creative solutioning, strong execution, and stable operations of our application platforms & products.   

The Director IT of Transit Solutions is responsible for partnering with Wabtec’s Transit Business Unit to develop an IT application roadmap and drive execution on initiatives that unlock value for the business in alignment with the One Wabtec application excellence strategy.  This position will represent IT and interface directly with the Senior Transit Leadership Team, build an IT team that can scale to support transit, and facilitate execution of IT programs across multiple IT teams.  This position will report to the Corporate Vice President of IT Applications and will directly support multiple senior business leaders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy Responsibilities

  • Partner closely with Transit Leadership Team and site leaders:

    • Provide business relationship management support.  Represent IT and manage escalations and demands from across the Transit business.
    • Build strategic roadmap for adoption of IT Pillars and development of differentiating solutions that provide clear benefit over time
    • Define & lead programs to execute on highest priorities and achieve business outcomes
  • Manage the IT budget for Transit specific initiatives and govern overall spend for Transit programs across various IT teams.

  • Collaborate with IT product owners to provide input to roadmaps relevant to the Transit business specifically. 

  • Partner with IT product and platform teams to develop and execute projects that drive sustainable value and rationalizes the Transit application landscape.

  • Oversee execution of projects that mitigate risk and provide clear business benefit for Transit.

Team Management & Oversight Responsibilities

  • Lead Transit specific application teams responsible for local applications & initiatives
  • Ensure all teams are built with the right skillset & culture to meet the organization’s current and future needs. 
  • Manage resource allocation across teams to maximize business impact of resources and ensure each team has the skills and capabilities needed to achieve its objectives.
  • Manage IT talent, playing a key role in performance management and compensation processes, role and competency definition, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Partner with Human Resources to create learning and development opportunities aligned to the organization’s skill and capability needs, and to provide rewarding career paths for staff.
  • Recruit and hire talent to address new needs and skill gaps.
  • Facilitate collaboration and partnership across teams and stakeholders.
  • Foster a culture consistent with IT and application team culture that supports learning, collaboration, transparency, and inclusiveness.
  • Manage employee engagement and promote a compelling employee value proposition to retain staff.
  • Work with the IT Security team to ensure all IT solutions & services are effectively secured and that risks are mitigated.

Minimum Qualifications_:_ (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.)

  • Degree in business administration or a technology-related field required
  • Minimum of 5 to 8 years of experience in IT field related to program management, technical product management, engineering, or architecture.
  • Knowledge of business processes (engineering, manufacturing, operations, services)
  • Experience leading IT projects and knowledge of IT Program Management processes
  • Experience and knowledge of various IT processes
  • Experience leading small to medium sized teams of IT professionals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and high level of personal integrity
  • Innovative thinking and leadership with an ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with contract and vendor negotiations and management including managed services
  • Able and willing to travel, occasionally internationally, up to 20%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced college degree in related technology field (Computer, Engineering, Science, etc.)
  • Approximately 6+ years of experience in related IT roles
  • Able to exhibit a progression of increasingly complex job responsibilities
  • Strategic and creative thinking to analyze issues that may arise and create solutions
  • Ability to Influence and collaborate with cross functional set of stakeholders
  • Ability to respond positively to feedback and implement change in process and procedures as needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Physical Demands: (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.)

  • Regularly remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Regularly communicating with others to exchange information
  • Regularly required to attend meetings in person and virtually using video and audio computer equipment
  • Regularly repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers, such as typing
  • Occasionally moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • Occasionally light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds

Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.)

  • The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions.  Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise.

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.