Proposal Engineer

Wabtec Corporation

Contagem, Brazil


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 Proposal Engineer will develop locomotive technical proposals in response to customer requests provided via the GLO (Locomotive) and GSO (Services) commercial team.  Proposal efforts include concept development, Systems Modeling-defined design trade-offs, collection of product and engineering costs, development of project timelines, generation of product specifications for internal and/or external review, and coordination of team efforts to complete proposal requirements within specified timeline.  Proposal efforts will be focused on support of both the GLO and GSO organizations including new product offerings (NPI’s), product upsells for existing fleets, Locomotive Modernization proposals, North America and International locomotive proposals and integration of various business processes into the Engineering proposal structure.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate concept development at locomotive or subsystem level with support from Product Management, Systems Modeling, Commercial Operations, Supply Chain functions and other cross-functional groups
  • Collaborate closely with Product Management and customer facing commercial teams for requirements gathering, proposal generation and customer interaction
  • Translate customer needs through clear articulation of requirements and decomposition of these requirements for Engineering concept development and execution
  • Coordinate estimating processes for non-recurring engineering (NRE) estimates from applicable Engineering teams
  • Develop product cost (ACO) estimates in conjunction with Supply Chain Finance
  • Create customer-facing documentation including Product Descriptions (PD), Spec-at-a-Glance (SAAG), and clause-by-clause responses to customer specifications (LBL)
  • Balance speed and depth in proposal response timing to meet commercial needs, while minimizing technical risk to the organization
  • Develop understanding for business-level trade-offs between technical scope, performance, product cost, engineering workscope and development/production timeline
  • Document technical data generated by the assigned project consistent with engineering policies and procedures
  • Protect the intellectual property rights and competitive position of the company
  • Provide systems engineering leadership to teams working assigned projects

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited university or college
  • Advanced English skills
  • Proficiency in technical writing and verbal presentation of technical concepts
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Customer centric mindset
  • Background in technical proposal development
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional, global environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with locomotive configuration and architecture (both Wabtec/GET and competitors)
  • Working knowledge of the railroad industry and operations
  • Ability to translate technical requirements for non-technical audiences
  • Ability to formulate strategies with senior management and demonstrated experience in implementing these strategies
  • Knowledge of locomotive functionality
  • Project scheduling experience

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.