Site Sourcing Specialist

Wabtec Corporation

Doncaster, United Kingdom


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 Summary:

  • Interface between Sourcing regional team and other functions on site

  • Lead the Sourcing activities for all the product line bids

  • Accountable for external spend competitiveness in standard products and bids

  • Accountable for product line sourcing performance (NDA, SFA, SQR)

  • 1st escalation level for troubleshooting after Supply Chain

  • Management of site-specific commodities where applicable

Key Accountabilities/ responsibilities:

  • Establish sourcing strategy for the Product Line: preferred suppliers for standard product, (based on regional Commodity panels), co-ordination of the regional commodity teams to involve and include relevant supply chain strategies

  • Provide site level documentation to regional commodity teams (engineering drawings, tech specs, operational requirements)

  • Accountable for bid sourcing competitiveness, challenge and validate Bid BOM

  • Own the sourcing bid process, engage for early supplier involvement & supplier cooperation and innovation for bids

  • Lead resourcing projects and the development of new suppliers to maintain a competitive marketplace

  • Obtain samples and co-ordinates qualification process with Quality and Engineering

  • Coordinate: phasing of resourcing vs. tests, existing volumes from initial supplier

  • Commercial responsibility:

  • Delivery of company savings in line with company objectives

  • Manage claims and charge-back, incl. COPQ

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders and demonstrate the company values

  • Creation of long-term supply agreements with key suppliers (NDA, SFA, SQR

Person Specification

  • Extensive knowledge of purchasing and supply management processes

  • Worked in a bids/tendering environment

  • Good Knowledge of supplier selection strategies

  • Track record of cost reduction

  • Excellent communicator and negotiator

  • Supplier contract negotiation

  • Excellent analytical & presentation skills

  • Tenacious, persuasive, “completer finisher”

  • Change management

  • Relevant product knowledge – Rail industry would be advantageous

Qualifications/Education required:

  • 7+ years of purchasing experience

  • CIPS qualification is desirable but not essential

  • Degree educated would be an advantage but not essential

Key Skills, Competencies and Personal Attributes:

Demonstrate Wabtec Values at all times:

Safety First – Inspire and motivate the organisation to work to the MSSL safety standards. Promote a culture of challenge and resolution to bring about an Interdependent safety culture

Champion Customers – Bring the voice of the customer into the organisation by translating customer needs into business objectives and deliver into operational reality. Aligning communication, accountabilities, resource capabilities, internal processes to a single deliverable that yields customer delight and profitability via a cycle of continuous improvement and a right first time mindset.

Pursue Excellence – Speak and act internally and externally with honesty and openness. Be fair and trustworthy in all relationships.  Uphold compliance to laws, policies, standards and expectations. Ensure dignity and respect is upheld within the organisation and with our customers. Creates an environment led by personal accountability to hold each other to account, fosters a culture of appropriate challenge and accepts personal challenge.

Lead through Innovation – Creates foresight of future business and market needs and translates this into opportunities whilst creating the ability to capture and deliver on them linked to the long-term business plan. Works with all stakeholders to take action that will advance shared ideas of technology and competitor progression and market influences

Succeed as a team – Communicates in clear and consistent vernacular. Develops people and business abilities and ambitions. Has intimate knowledge of each team member’s life goals, needs and limiters. Driving high standards by acting as a role model to all members of the organisation by combining positive actions with positive thinking and a tenacious approach to exceed set business objectives

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.