Purchasing Manager

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: http://www.WabtecCorp.com.

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 to oversee management of day-to-day operations of all Purchasing and Supply Chain activities for Wabtec, Graham White.  The manager will leverage their extensive purchasing experience and leadership skills to drive creative sourcing solutions, supply chain reliability and exceptional departmental productivity to meet company sales and cost objectives.  This individual will develop strategy, manage scheduling & cost controls, and drive continuous improvements that will deliver high impact business results that delight shareholders with profits and customers with service excellence.

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

  • Manages the employees of the department to include the evaluation and development of skills.
  • Assess ongoing performance of Supply Chain and Procurement functions and communicate results to senior management on a regular basis.
  • Develop and maintain strategic alliances with selected vendors for critical parts and lead contract negotiations as needed to close deals with optimal terms.
  • Investigate market trends on materials, including graphing and data-oriented sourcing plans.
  • Develop, implement, and manage long-term agreements and supplier programs based on corporate guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain strategic forecasts and supply chain strategy for critical materials in a high mix, low volume environment.
  • Measure vendor performance and address associated issues including late deliveries and cost recovery of non-conformances.  Lead audits of critical and other selected vendors.
  • Support production meetings with detailed updates on the plan and manage promise dates of part                 shortages.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to reduce both operating and working capital costs.
  • Support warehouse improvement initiatives to drive accuracy and timeliness in receiving, picking and inventory cycle counts within the facility.
  • Support Corporate Supply Chain initiatives, as required.
  • Establish and maintain purchasing practices and policies to ensure honest, fair, and ethical relationships with vendors.  Keep informed on legal matters affecting purchasing policies.
  • Must understand and comply with all safety rules and company policies.
  • Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by Manager within the physical constraints of the job.


  • 4yr degree in supply chain management, purchasing or other business-related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of purchasing and supply chain experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum 7 years progressive management experience leading hourly and professional employees.


  • Proven written and oral communication, supplier, and project management & negotiation skills.

  • Proficient in all Microsoft applications.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Material Resource Planning (MRP) and best practices in high mix manufacturing. Oracle experience preferred.

  • % Travel is minimal. Have ability to travel as needed to perform the basic duties associated with this position.

  • Demonstrated experience leading change and improvement of systems and management standards.

  • Must be able to identify gaps, make quick decisions and proactively develop cost effective solutions.

  • Outstanding analytical, statistical, and reasoning ability for problem solving & complex decisions.

  • Must have the ability to interact and influence individuals at all levels within the organization while communicating effectively in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

  • Highly motivated, self-starter capable of working and delivering results on own initiative.

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.