Materials Specialist

Wabtec Corporation

Kansas City, MO


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.

Don't have experience with locomotives? That's ok! We provide in-depth technical training to give our materials specialist the knowledge and expertise needed to be successful.

Who will you be working with?

As a member of the Field Services Americas team, you will be responsible for helping our customer (CPKC) maintain their fleet of Wabtec locomotives by providing exceptional materials management and logistics support. You will be part of a team made up of Wabtec materials experts, all working to ensure our customer's fleet is running at optimal levels.

How will you make a difference?

As a member of the Wabtec Field Service Team (CPKC), you will be responsible for all areas of Material handling and support for our end customer.

This position works onsite at our customer's facility where you'll play a critical function in ensuring maintenance materials are always available for locomotive repairs and maintenance. Our Materials Specialists are trained subject matter experts in our parts and logistics processes. They receive world-class training and become certified in materials management for state-of-the-art locomotive engines.

With over 27,000 global employees Wabtec provides rich career development and growth opportunities for our employees.

What do we want to know about you?

  • High school diploma / GED / or at least 1-3 years of recent and relevant work history.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.

  • Ability and willingness to lift approximately 35 lbs. regularly.

  • Successful previous experience working in a logistics or shipping/receiving work environment.

  • Previous experience safely operating forklifts and other shop equipment.

  • A high level of attention to detail in juggling multiple duties/responsibilities.

  • Must have the ability to work in warehouse/ heavy shop environment.

  • Experience, willingness, and ability to work in shop environment and to work various shifts on various days as required, including having a flexible work schedule to perform auditing and training on various shifts.

  • 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.

  • Possess good communication skills.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy is a must.

What will your typical day look like?

  • 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.

  • Performing inventory management via cycle counts and assist/lead the coordination of the Annual physical inventory.

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

  • Compiling reports on various inventory metrics.

  • Processing sales of material.

  • Retrieving repair cycled 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.

  • Wearing of the proper safety equipment and following all local, Customer and Business procedures is a must.

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

What about the physical demands of the job?

  • High understanding Safety awareness and a strong safety culture

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Walking on hard and sometimes uneven surfaces throughout the day

  • Walking up and down stairs

  • Wearing all required personal protective gear (hardhat, steel toe boots, ear plugs, eye protection) throughout the day

  • Speaking and hearing

  • Typing and operating a computer

  • Experienced in MS Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Teams.

  • Experience in Oracle/SAP or other inventory control systems

  • Understanding of DOT/TDG Shipping Course Certification

  • Ability to obtain Wabtec's Level 1 Materials Certification in prescribed time from hire (usually 12-18 months)

  • Working overnight shifts and multiple days in a row, as required

You may also be asked to perform other duties outside of your function or trade, for which adequate training will be provided if necessary.

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The salary range for this role is between $60,000-70,000. The actual salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, education, business needs, market demands, and work location. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

Wabtec offers a comprehensive benefits plan including vacation, health, dental, and retirement.

Relocation assistance may be provided if eligibility requirements are met.

Our Commitment to Embrace Diversity:

Wabtec is a global company that invests not just in our products, but also our people by embracing diversity and inclusion. We care about our relationships with our employees and take pride in celebrating the variety of experiences, expertise, and backgrounds that bring us together. At Wabtec, we aspire to create a place where we all belong and where diversity is welcomed and appreciated.

To fulfill that commitment, we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity, and inclusion. We aim to employ the world's brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We have created a space where everyone is given the opportunity to contribute based on their individual experiences and perspectives and recognize that these differences and diverse perspectives make us better.


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.