Professional Services Category Manager

Wabtec Corporation Pittsburgh , PA 15201

Posted 2 months ago

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 titleit's about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted watersdo 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.

Job Title: Category Manager Professional Services

Department: Corporate Procurement

Reports To: Sourcing Director

FLSA Status: Salaried Exempt

Prepared By: Brett Merrell

Prepared Date: Nov. 5, 2019

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This individual will report to the Director of Sourcing and managing the Professional Services category. Assigned categories may change over time. The Category Manager will lead cross functional teams in strategic sourcing projects to generate savings and increase value. This individual will also be responsible for Supplier Relationship Management and Supplier Development activities in the assigned categories. Duties will include financial analysis, negotiation, category team leadership and supplier development.


  • Lead the Professional Services category team. Work globally and cross-functionally to gain consensus. Create and implement strategic plans which deliver 3% annual improvement on assigned spend categories.

  • Ensure continuous improvement in total cost of ownership in accordance with business objectives.

  • Conduce financial analysis to identify priorities and justify investments

  • Run data analysis and recommend changes to the supplier panel that will improve cost and service levels

  • Lead optimization projects such as process improvements and supplier rationalization

  • Conduct supplier evaluation and qualification audits

  • Plan and execute quarterly business reviews with preferred suppliers. Develop and monitor action plans as required.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest sourcing and supplier management tends including new tools and technologies.

  • Understand the supply market and serve as a key contact within Wabtec for the assigned categories.

  • Conduct competitive and fair bid and negotiate master supply agreements as required.

  • Ensure that the business objectives of Wabtec Groups and Operating Units are met.

  • Coordinate regional projects and buyers for categories that fall outside the global scope.

  • Follow and teach "best practices" of sourcing and supply management

  • Generate timely and accurate reporting on progress towards objectives

  • Understand and follow corporate policy including ethical standards.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, industrial engineering, business, science, or related field

  • Master's in Business Administration a plus


  • Minimum 5 years' experience in sourcing or procurement

  • Professional Services or Category management experience a plus

  • Experience in supplier relationship management, KPI and performance management.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead supplier evaluation, selection, negotiation, contracting and implementation

  • Strong analytical skills (financial, spend, supply market, etc.)

  • Cost and service analysis and recommendations.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex global or regional teams.

  • Demonstrated project or program management experience.

  • Experience in strategy development and execution

  • Demonstrated success in supplier development.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

  • History of managing multiple objectives and finding creative solutions to complex problems

  • Strong communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to gain consensus through collaboration

  • Proficient with ERP systems and eSourcing tools (Oracle, M3, Microsoft BI)

  • Familiar with financial reporting, manufacturing cost systems and lean tools.

  • International experience a strong plus

  • Rail industry experience a plus


French, Italian, Spanish, German and/or Chinese language skills are a plus. The ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. The ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Work within a matrix organization; solve sourcing issues with a sense of urgency



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will travel by airplane approximately four times per month.


Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the Company and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

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 stylespeople 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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Professional Services Category Manager

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