Methods Lead

Wabtec Corporation

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom


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 key aim of the role is to lead the Methods team to optimize the assembly and manufacturing processes by studying product and manufacturing methods, designing, and implementing improvements. To liaise with Quality, Engineering and Business Improvement Teams to achieve given objectives and goals. To support manufacturing program and continuous improvement disciplines in providing cost effective manufacturing processes for new & existing programs. To implement & manage manufacturing systems to ensure defect free product in all areas. The Methods Engineer is the liaison with the Engineering team.

Key Accountabilities/ responsibilities:

Lead the Methods Team in line with given targets, objectives and goals.

Be the interface with the engineering team for cost effective introduction of new product for overhaul or manufacture on the shop floor (where, how, with what, how long, training periods etc.).

Develop and maintain user friendly work instructions and safe methods of work.  Identify build sequence and develop product structure for assigned overhaul, assembly or manufacturing operations.

Incorporate safety by process and tooling design

Lead improvement projects and give presentations to managers and staff.

Read, interpret, and evaluate drawings, models and designs for assembly and manufacture.

Support Production with the investigation of complex production problems, analysis and recommend corrective solutions or improvements to ensure proper production flow.

Develop business cases and recommendations for management review.

Design tools, fixtures, test rigs and jigs.

Review new technologies to improve capacity/quality.

Review packaging design and specifications.

Create & maintain BOM routings.

Maintain ERP data accuracy.

Measure and analyse standard times, recommending and implementing improvements.

Prepare product and process reports by collecting, analysing, and summarizing information and trends.

Input into the ECO process.

Participate in the design of workplace and cell layouts to promote efficient overhaul and manufacturing process flow, analysing and planning workflow, space requirements and equipment location using manufacturing system design tools and methodology.

Support the QRQC process.

Support warranty investigations.

Ensure all equipment purchased and commissioned meets specific and corporate specification and can function within required tolerances and capacity.

Develop and maintain FMEA’s, Control plans.

Support quality and manufacturing functions in problem resolution and 8D process.

Support maintenance department in technical problem resolution.

Managing and reporting of KPI in line with company strategy.

Managing and mentoring of the team. Including performance reviews and task completion.

Undertake a variety of other activities as instructed, that are within a Methods Engineer’s capabilities.


Authority to spend as per standard purchase order limits.

Background & Experience: 

  • Customer focussed
  • Experienced in leading the Methods Team.
  • Good communication skills and proven relationship building
  • Detailed knowledge of internal processes
  • Worked within a lean environment
  • Time management
  • Able to organise self and work autonomously
  • Attention to detail & Presentation skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Cost awareness
  • Experience of working within a regulated industry eg ISO, RISAS, IRIS, COMAH
  • Use of lean tools eg: VSM, SMED, Poke-yoke, 5S, single piece flow
  • Worked within a safety critical environment
  • Worked within an MRO environment
  • Experience of standard time measurement
  • Experience of product introduction

Qualifications/Education required:

  • HNC engineering qualification required or equivalent
  • Good understanding or mathematics
  • CAD Qualification or equivalent

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.