Production Inventory Control Manager

Wabtec Corporation

Oak Creek, WI


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 Production & Inventory Control (P&IC) Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of effective, facility-wide Production & Inventory Control activities to support material flow, inventory optimization and on-time delivery.

Areas of responsibility include managing production scheduling, Inventory Control, and business processes related to production builds and aftermarket sales. Will manage a team of buyer/planners and schedulers.


  • Oversees Production Scheduling

  • Establishes and maintains departmental production schedules to ensure on-time delivery.

  • Establishes and maintains department procedures consistent with divisional/site goals

  • Manages a team of buyer/planners/schedules and coordinates with Strategic Sourcing (Sourcing Managers) teams to manage supply chain and key suppliers, including shortage management and countermeasures.

  • Implements defined replenishment strategies within Syspro ERP system, and Kanban/pull systems as appropriate.

  • Owns business processes and data within the function required to effectively run the business

  • Collaborates with Operational Management to optimize production planning, detailed scheduling, and material replenishment process for maximum utilization of the plant facilities and resources

  • Develops targets, systems, and procedures for balancing optimal inventory levels with customer availability and market leading lead times

  • Collaborates with warehouse team to review and improve inventory accuracy and cycle counting programs

  • Champions lean activity related to materials in direct support of facility business needs

Reporting / Analytics

  • Analyzes operational variances, extracts and reviews historical data, production efficiencies, and on-time adherence while working with operational teams to identify and implement improvement opportunities.

  • Assist in supplier on-time delivery and quality measures

  • Drive YOY inventory reduction and accuracy improvements & customer on-time performance.

Stakeholder Management

  • Participate in Engineering, Project Management, Sales, Quality and Operations Planning sessions, and contribute in the development of operations plans to support organizational goals

  • Communicate Operational plans and gap analysis to the Leadership Team at regularly scheduled intervals

Health, Safety & Environmental

  • Promote effective Health, Safety and Environmental programs and practices, ensuring that high standards of site safety are established and met

  • Demonstrate personal commitment to a safety and quality culture

  • Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results

  • Identifies and addresses general root causes to safety and quality problems

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Bachelor's Degree, required in Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business.

  • A minimum of 5 years of supply chain/materials/operations/procurement management experience in manufacturing environment.  2 years of supervisory or managerial experience preferred.

  • APICS Certification preferred

  • Must have previous experience using MRP systems, and be knowledgeable in routings and BOM applications

  • Experience with MRP systems, Syspro and S099 will be plus

  • Proficient utilization of MS Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills


  • Approximately 10% of the time

Working Conditions  

This position requires the ability to sit, stand and walk unassisted. Requires the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to talk and hear. Normal correctable vision is required.

Wabtec provides a competitive total compensation package that includes a comprehensive employee benefits program.

Wabtec also contributes Annual and Matching contributions to your 401(k) account to help your savings grow. Each pay period, Wabtec will match 100% of your contribution up to a maximum of 3% of your eligible compensation. Wabtec also will make an Annual Contribution of 3% of your compensation, whether or not you contribute your own funds to the Savings Plan. That’s a total of 6% of your annual compensation in Company-provided contributions!

12 paid holidays

Unlimited time off (in accordance with your leader)


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.