Materials Manager

Wabtec Corporation

Barstow, CA


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.

Materials Manager – Locomotive Maintenance Facility

Founded in 1869, Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services. Our Freight Services Division provides locomotive maintenance services to our customers, helping them keep their locomotives running at optimal levels.

The Materials Manager is first and foremost a leadership role, trusted with overseeing Wabtec’s most valuable asset – our people. With a dynamic team of high caliber employees under your charge, you will ensure the continued success of the materials function for one of our most important customer locations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide effective and empathetic leadership, model desired behaviors, and ensure your team has the tools needed to be successful
  • Ensure the materials department’s actions, processes, and procedures provide the most efficient and cost-effective delivery of parts and material for our customers.
  • Build, monitor, and update inventory plans each year that include input from the customer and the sales team
  • Responsible for material planning and inventory metrics across a service segment
  • Plan for prevention of excess inventory and stock outs
  • Work with all levels of personnel (hourly, supervisory, and general foreperson) in resolving issues, tracking material availability, and advising on material usage
  • Work with customers externally and internally to identify new opportunities to improve our current processes
  • Lead Inquiry to Order (ITO) processes through Order to Remittance (OTR)
  • Develop proposals, negotiate with customers, and drive competitive pricing
  • Deliver business sales and contribution margin
  • Develops annual development and execution plans for the department.
  • Prepare and presents information to senior leaders on how technologies interconnect and contribute to overall strategy
  • Follows frameworks to get through the processes.
  • Fulfills any other material related responsibilities as required by account leadership – including tight tracking of overhauls and other “big ticket” items
  • All other tasks and duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college highly preferred (or a high school diploma / GED with at least 4 years of experience in Services).
  • Minimum of 3 additional years of experience in Materials Management, preferably in Freight Services, Maintenance, or a related field
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience in dynamic and demanding environments
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously and delegate responsibilities effectively
  • Proven analytical and organizational ability
  • The ability to maintain reliable and predictable attendance
  • A high level of dependability, a great attitude, and an ability to work well with a team towards achieving a common goal


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.