Procurement Buyer

Wabtec Corporation

Salem, VA


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.

This position is responsible for sourcing and maintaining raw materials, finished goods, equipment, and supplies. Develops and meets goals for cost management, supplier management including supplier diversity, and process improvements.  Coordination of efforts among all levels of personnel including but not limited to sales, quality, engineering, and management.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (not listed in any particular order)

  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on capabilities, price, quality, and delivery performance
  • Prepare RFQ/RFP that provides high quality products that meets Wabtec specifications continually
  • Prepares purchase orders and reviews requisitions for goods and services ensuring conformance within company policy
  • Reviews and acts promptly on purchasing/sourcing related activity reports (expediting & payables)
  • Track and report sourcing savings activities
  • Support Global and Strategic Sourcing initiatives with key suppliers
  • Maintain close contact with production planner, quality, customer service and engineering to maintain the most effective inventory control
  • Coordinates supplier notification of engineering technical changes
  • Resolve supplier quality, pricing, and delivery issues promptly
  • Participate in supplier audits and submit evaluations to management
  • Participate on teams regarding new product development to help source materials and services
  • Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by Manager within the physical constraints of the job.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Material Resource Planning (MRP) and best practices in high mix manufacturing
  • Oracle, Coupa Procure to Pay and HICX Supplier Onboarding experience preferred
  • BS: Business, Purchasing, Supply Chain Management or a related field and 5 years purchasing and/or supply chain experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Purchasing Certification or CPM as issued by the Institute of Supply Management preferred
  • Time management & prioritization skills. This is a highly transactional position
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Requires the ability to read and interpret technical drawings and specifications
  • Working knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley and internal controls as it relates to purchasing and sourcing
  • Must be highly organized and able to manage multiple projects

Other helpful skills and qualifications.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication/language skills required to include the ability to provide written and verbal instructions, compile, and present business reports/correspondence, and present information clearly. 
  • Capable of planning and organizing work and processes; ability to self-direct multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Analytical and reasoning ability, math skills, and good judgment for critical business decisions
  • Keen attention to detail and quality orientation.
  • Ability to cooperate and interpersonal skills to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Motivation to provide excellent internal and external customer service
  • Conducts themselves in a manner to promote the core values of the corporation in a professional and ethical manner
  • Pursue and participate in corporate sponsored continuous personal and professional development
  • 10% percent travel or as needed
  • Demonstrated experience leading change and improvement of systems and management standards.

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.