Senior Director, Product Management - Planning & Scheduling

Wabtec Corporation

West Melbourne, FL


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.

At Wabtec’s Network Optimization unit, our vision is that we improve the global quality of life by accelerating the movement of freight and commuters in the most safe, efficient, and sustainable way. Our global team is comprised of a diverse background of innovators that have a passion for technology and solving rail industry challenges through software solutions.  We are looking for an experienced product manager to lead the Planning & Scheduling product portfolio. The focus of this role is on customer discovery, market validation, product roadmaps, launch campaigns and more, with expertise in go-to-market, pricing strategy, and technology & innovation. This person is accountable for the management of mostly new product introductions that enable greater rail network fluidity, effective planning, and overall safer operations across the global railroading industry.


  • Own product line profitability and defining path to year over year growth in orders, backlog, and margin. 

  • Lead a diverse team of product managers and operations researchers spanning multiple products across Scheduling and Planning such as NG TOS, Service Design, and YP.

  • Responsible for product lifecycle management from concept, launch, convergence, sustaining, retirement/obsolescence, and modernization.  

  • Manage an annual multi-million-dollar budget (sustaining, contractual, R&D) to deliver on return on investment, product roadmap initiatives, synergies, and development.

  • Ability to play a trusted advisor to C-level customer executives, listening to build products that meet customer outcomes.   

  • Partner with end-customer, commercial and solution architects to understand market needs & vision; quickly translate that vision into demonstrable multi-generational software roadmaps for product and technology deliverables. 

  • Guide and align with cross-functional teams consisting of engineering, user experience, project, architecture, and services to execute product strategies.

  • Facilitate product and business planning processes, including business case definition, market / competitive analysis, target customer identification and growth forecast targets 3-5 years out. 

  • Partner with commercial in the identification of target customer leads and pipeline to close and deliver on commercial orders/convertibility targets. 

  • Drive product adoption, go-to-market, and commercial campaigns to accelerate speed to market and commercialization of new, existing products.  Ability to capture voice of the customer through well-established business rhythms and customer advisory boards. 

  • Own ideation process to gather new idea product concepts for rapid prototypes and socialization for customer interest and commercialization. 

  • Communicate effectively both within the immediate team and Wabtec leadership.  Ensure direct team receives consistent messages and has a clear understanding of business product direction and strategy. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

  • Minimum of 7+ years of experience leading, managing, and developing software products

  • Minimum 7+ years of experience in a client facing product management, technology, or professional services role (e.g. SaaS, on-premise, cloud-hosted, managed services, etc.)

  • Transportation or Logistics industry experience

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of your time both inside/outside to support customer discovery and product sessions

Desired Characteristics:

Business Acumen:

  • Strong business analysis, problem solving, operations, project management and/or prior product management experience

  • Evangelizes new technology and identifies new opportunities based on product and industry trends

  • Able to define and set commercialization strategy for tiered product and services offerings

Technical Expertise:

  • Experience in designing and delivering software applications / products to external customers

  • Understanding of the agile software development and deployment process

  • Familiarity with product delivery, development and deployment process flows and activities with a demonstrated capacity for Product conceptualization

  • Proactively drives portfolio and investment decision to balance customer needs, install base requirements (refresh) and long-term enterprise differentiation. Evangelizes concepts beyond current offerings and considers business model innovation (product, service, and delivery innovations)


  • Strong oral and written communication skills and presentation skills

  • Proactively engages with cross-functional teams to resolve issues and design solutions using critical thinking and analytical skills and best practice

  • Fosters culture of innovation and design thinking to align product vision/strategy to meet customer outcomes

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.