Project Buyer (m/f/d)

Wabtec Corporation

Schaffhausen, Switzerland


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.

We are looking for a Project Buyer (m/f/d) to join our Sourcing team at our location in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

As member of the project core teams you will be the interface between the technical development, Global Commodity Buyers, Quality and suppliers.


  • Manage all purchasing aspects of assigned projects
  • Work with Project Teams and Commodity Buyers to drive supplier selection and guarantee successful development of engineered parts
  • Liaise with R&D, Engineering and Field Services during the Design Phase
  • Guarantee the best Total Cost of Ownership and challenge Faiveley Transport’s organization in order to improve the projects Contract Margin
  • Establish and manage the Project Purchasing Plan as well as the schedule of long lead items (long lead time and critical purchase material list)
  • Represent Purchasing in Project Core Team meetings and hold regular Material Cost Performance meetings with Project Management and Finance
  • Follow-up of material costs vs. budget on commodity and project level including potential risks and opportunities
  • Coordinate project related material cost reduction activities and harmonise with overall Project Improvement Plan
  • Facilitate contact with suppliers to support the Parts Approval Process and provide support in management of claims towards suppliers

Qualification and Competencies:

  • University degree in engineering or equivalent vocational training with further education

  • Project management experience in a similar industry with technical expertise

  • Ideally purchasing expertise (cost analysis, purchasing strategy, negotiation skills) and strong commitment, enjoyment and passion in project sourcing

  • Legal understanding of contractual agreements

  • Experience in dealing with suppliers and internal stakeholders

  • Proactive, open mind approach with excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all functions in the company

  • Problem solving attitude and mindset

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Professional Suite

  • Fluent English in word and writing, German language skills advantageous

Successful candidates will be employed under local employment conditions and must already satisfy local employment/work permit and residency regulations.

*Please note that we do not accept agency candidate submissions without a formalized agreement with Wabtec Talent Acquisition. If you are an agency/third party Recruiter and have not been engaged by Wabtec for this search, we do not owe you a fee if you submit a candidate to the applicant tracking system that is ultimately hired.


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.