NPR Buyer

Wabtec Corporation

Birkenhead, 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.


Job Title:

NPR Buyer

Job Location:


Date Created:

January 2022

Reporting to:

Lead Buyer

No of direct reports: (if applicable)


Key Aim:

Fully manage the NPR ordering process whilst also identifying purchasing projects which result in cost reductions and supply chain improvements 

Key Duties & Tasks:

·Manage the requisition process for all non-production purchasing in Birkenhead and associated sites

·Ensure requisitions are in line with budget expectations, per cost centre, through reports generated through Easyflow

·Create purchase orders into the MRP system in accordance with company requirements

·Liaise with suppliers to expedite delivery of products against lead times

·Liaise and keep internal colleagues updated on progress of purchase orders

·Ensure all purchase orders go through the correct authorisation process

·Assist internal departments with quotations from the supplier

·Ensure all invoices are reconciled and returned to finance in a timely manner

·Order stationery supplies and maintain stock levels. Monitor stationery room.

·Lead projects specific to NPR purchasing for Wabtec Faiveley UK sites

·Take the lead in multiple-site supplier negotiations for Wabtec Faiveley UK sites

·Take ownership of site savings plan and generate further opportunities to reduce cost

·Increase supplier contract coverage for BKH and associated sites with NPR suppliers

·Where possible consolidate the NPR supplier base

·Ensure processes and procedures are followed for NPR purchasing

·Identify methods of improvement within NPR purchasing

·Provide the necessary KPI reports using PRISM

·Learn and adopt best practices

·Comply with Company Quality, Health and Safety, Environmental and personnel policies and procedures.

·Carry out any other reasonable duty or task as instructed by your manager in pursuit of Wabtec Faiveley’s goals and objectives.


  • Adhere at all times to the company’s Health, Safety & Environmental instructions and requirements

  • Take on any other reasonable responsibilities or tasks that are within the employee's skills and abilities.

Person Specification




Education & Qualifications

5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade A including English Language and Mathematics

CIPS Qualified or working towards

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Excellent communication skills

Good negotiation skills

Good interpersonal skills

Systematic approach to workload

Resilient temperament

Good team worker

Organised and able to manage priorities

Flexible attitude towards work responsibilities, adaptable and

confident manner

Good knowledge of purchasing best practices

Business/Customer orientated

Performance orientated

IT literate and fully conversant with all Microsoft Office applications.

Use of ERP/MRP systems.

Experience in the Rail and or engineering Industry

Competency & Behaviour

Ability to demonstrate Wabtec values at all times:

Safety first. Champion customers. Pursue excellence. Lead through innovation. Succeed as a team.

Discrete and diplomatic manner, demonstrating impartiality of judgment


Calm under pressure

Can-do attitude


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.

Get jobs straight to your inbox

Anonymous company reviews, virtual recruiting events, and a supportive community for women when you sign up.

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.