Senior Buyer

Wabtec Corporation

Kempton Park, South Africa


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.

Position Title: Senior Buyer

Number of Positions: 1 Position

Reporting To: Senior Supply Chain Manager

Reporting Relationship: Please refer to organisational structure diagram

Primary Purpose of Role: Primarily responsible is for the strategic procurement functions for all parts and material required by Wabtec SA and FIPSA. All products and parts are to be secured at cost, quality and delivery at competitive levels consistent with policies and performance requirements while maintaining a strong supplier relationship to assure continuity of supply and maximum profitability. Additional responsibilities will include scheduling, and inventory of products and parts as assigned with excellent follow through with vendors.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: (These include the following, and other duties may be assigned)

  • Identify problem areas that impact supplier delivery and quality performance and initiates corrective action
  • Supports organization to reduce cost, consolidate supply base, reduce inventory, develop and implement new suppliers 
  • Understand, track, and forecast the key cost drivers for assigned suppliers and takes appropriate actions
  • Performing detailed cost analysis of components & manufacturing processes used by our suppliers to ensure highest quality at the lowest cost solution
  • Sourcing domestic vendors, initiates new supplier search and performs supplier evaluation with the SCT quality team
  • Control purchased material and product cost tied to overall inventory targets and business objectives
  • Establish and maintain supplier performance and certification process 
  • Works closely with the Production Planner in scheduling requirements
  • Perform spreadsheet analysis, cost analysis and comparisons
  • Ability to energize, develop and build rapport at all levels within an organization
  • Proven ability to execute and deliver on commitments
  • Experience implementing a compliant Souring / Procurement plan tied to localization.
  • Supplier health analysis (Capacity, financial, risk)
  • Provide smooth and efficient interface and communication with all departments and staff
  • Assure purchasing framework and procedures are followed

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to plan, prepare and manage from a daily/weekly plan to a 2-year forecast
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and re-prioritize as required
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in supplier/peer interactions with the ability to influence others
  • Strategic in finding cost effective solutions to maximize efficiency of entire purchasing process
  • Accurate and efficient verbal and written communication skills, ability to work with wide range of personalities in a high task load/project-oriented environment
  • Manages and coordinates all necessary follow-up steps for closure 


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Procurement/Supply Chain (advantage – Technical Diploma / Degree)
  • Post graduate certificate or diploma in procurement and supply chain management
  • CIPS affiliation (would be advantageous)


  • 8-10 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment, with exposure to technical manufacturing drawings
  • Possess the ability to read and interpret documents such as emails, quotes, contracts, and bills of lading, drawings, and bill of materials
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence    
  • Ability to speak clearly and professionally with internal and external customers
  • Possess knowledge of Wabtec products and understands time restraints
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form 
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standard and non- standard situations 
  • Ability to think quickly and react to situations under time restraints for problem resolution  
  • Ability to multi-task and re-prioritize as required. Emphasis on streamlining the process continually. Acts professionally under pressure

Person Specification

  • Fluent in English
  • Good communication (verbal and written) and motivational skills
  • Customer focused
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Analytical thinker operating with a high level of integrity
  • A team player with flexible approach and a willingness to adapt to the team and grow
  • the current work environment.
  • Self-starter who is proactive and can set and achieve goals
  • Strong organizational skills

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties on this job the employee is exposed to an office environment and will be required to travel to outlying locations and offices for inspections and tours.

Note:  This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standard of the position.  Incumbents shall follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by this position and supervisor.

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.