Material Specialist

Wabtec Corporation

North Little Rock, AR


Position summary

ake 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.


Responsible for inventory management and inventory control metrics across a service segment in a 24/7 shop environment which includes but not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Pulling material from warehouse for shop use and ensuring material is issued to correct locomotive with all necessary information: position, serial number, removal reason, service sheet.

  • Weekly managing stockouts, including obtaining updated ETAs for completely stocked out parts or parts low on stock.

  • Daily performing cycle counts to find and correct inconsistencies in inventory on hands.

  • Forecasting material needs for inbound and in-shop locomotives and pulling in any needed material in the timeliest and cost-efficient manner.

  • Performing quality control processes on inbound and outbound shipments to meet company standards including checking shipment documents for discrepancies and resolving potential transportation delays or conflicts.

  • Arranging LTL and Expedite shipments using the Ryder portal as well as ensuring correct paperwork is attached to all shipments and correct BOLs are used for proper billing. Ensuring customs documents are requested and obtained prior to shipping when needed.

  • Effectively using multiple software programs to order, receive, ship, and track material to and from the warehouse. Including Hazmat material with appropriate shipping documents.

  • Reading mechanical drawings to determine needed material.

  • Forklift Operation including daily shift inspections.

  • Compiling reports on various inventory metrics.

  • Processing sales of material

  • Retrieving repair cycle assets from shop floor. Including timely and appropriate processing of assets in Oracle to ensure material is repaired and returned to stock quickly.

  • Restocking warehouse and shop floor material.

  • Performing general housekeeping, maintenance, and organization of the warehouse.

  • Processing warranty claims on any removed core that is warranty eligible.

  • Performing daily counts of large commodity assets including verification of serial number and size for both FGI and repair cycle assets.

  • Daily answer requests from Circle of Service shops requesting additional material for locomotives, ensuring the correct parts are requested, workorders are open, material is transacted correctly in Oracle, and appropriate shipping is arranged.

  • Wearing of the proper safety equipment is a must.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy is a must.

  • Recording of materials transactions such as receiving, distribution and Usage via appropriate system transaction or computer program.

  • Assemble customer orders from stock and place orders on pallets or shelves or relocate orders to a holding area or shipping department.

  • Assist/lead with the coordination of physical inventory counting.

  • Actively involved with the results of changes to the inventory plan/forecast, including part number supersedure, relabeling shelves, etc.

  • Actively involved in prevention of excess inventory and stock outs while maintaining inventory stocking levels.

  • Work with all levels of personnel (hourly, supervisory, and general foreperson) in resolving issues, tracking material availability, and advising on material usage.

  • Responsible for movement of material to and from warehouse.

  • Responsible for assisting Operations Team with material requesting and Service Sheet management.

  • Assist shop craft with RX/Tech related issues. Update work plans, reviewing defects, fault logs and component changeout information.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.)
• Secondary education in Engineering or applicable technical training or primary education together with 5 years applicable experience in industrial operations
• Willingness to work various shifts, various days.
• Experience and proficiency with a PC, email as well as Microsoft office applications
• Ability to work in railroad locomotive shop environment
• Professional demeanor and appearance representing Wabtec to multiple customers.
• Ability to travel regionally and internationally up to 25% of the time
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to speak, read and write English fluently.
• Must have valid authorization to work full-time without any restriction in the roles location.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High school diploma /GED with at least 4 years of experience in a production environment

  • Must possess sufficient skills to perform basic mathematical calculations

  • Must have knowledge of traffic codes and regulations

  • Must have ability to work in heavy shop environment

  • Strong computer skills

  • Possess good communication skills

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

  • Ability to lift to 35 pounds on occasion

  • Employee is regularly required to climb ladders, and other equipment.

  • Employee is regularly required to operate heavy machinery, including but not limited to forklifts

  • Individuals must stand for prolonged periods

  • Individuals must use hands, fingers, talk and hear frequently

  • Individuals must frequently reach with hands and arms

  • Individuals must sit occasionally

  • May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day

  • Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday

  • Vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus

  • Ability and willingness to work in a fluid 24/7 shop environment, including any shift and extreme all-weather conditions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities .

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.