Accounts Payable Lead 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 5272 | JOB GRADE: 13  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: Hybrid 


Since 1890, New York Air Brake has been an innovative leader in the heavy-haul railroad industry. As a member company of Knorr-Bremse –the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles--New York Air Brake is recognized worldwide as a Center of Competence for heavy-haul freight railroad control systems. From multiple locations, we serve customers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—reaching clear across the globe to South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Australia. Our talented, diverse, and dedicated teams develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers. Join us in our next steps.




Primarily responsible for supplier payments with direct coordination with both Purchasing & Supply Chain teams.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain procedures for Accounts Payable to ensure compliance and procedures are in place to align with Parent Co processes
  • Ad-hoc report development as required by other members of Finance, Purchasing, Supply Chain & SLT
  • Provide support for monthly, quarterly, and year-end closings.
  • Proactive management of current payables. Ensure proper processing, authorization and accurate data by reviewing supplier statements
  • Assist with cost savings initiatives and improve cash flow by working with purchasing to improve supplier payment terms.
  • Assist with the onboarding of the Supplier Early Payment Program by working with the SEPP Lead and Commodity Managers to add suppliers.
  • Manage and coordinate training/activities for Accounts Payable staff to ensure quality, timely payment of invoices and compliance to Finance policies and guidelines. Schedule vacations of staff as not to interrupt work flow.
  • Responsible for bi-annual employee performance reviews and goal setting.
  • Strategy & Vision - Describes the ability to develop strategies aligned to the organization's vision, putting them into action and taking a big picture view, considering future influences.
  • Managing & Improving Processes - Describes the ability to plan, prioritize, monitor and improve work processes and allocate resources.
  • Creativity & Innovation - Includes creating an atmosphere of openness and curiosity for innovations, providing and implementing inventive ideas that add value.
  • Analytical Thinking - Refers to collecting, analyzing and structuring information using a wide perspective in order to identify key issues and patterns as well as to drawing conclusions.
  • Leading Others - Means to give direction, motivate, manage and reward performance, provide constructive feedback and foster individual professional development.
  • Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.


Required Competencies:

  • Technical Capacity
    • Accounting principles and practices
  • Customer Focused
  • Organized
  • Multi-Task Oriented
  • Accurate and timely processing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good Teamwork skills
  • Leadership


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 2-5+ years of relevant experience


Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
  • This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.




From Engineering to Test Laboratory; Manufacturing & Skilled Machine Operation to Sales and Marketing; Field Service to Customer Service; Quality to HR to Finance to Software Development, our team-based approach is built on inclusion, opportunity, development, social responsibility and rewards. You are afforded the chance to grow personally and professionally through challenging assignments, commitment to continuing education, exposure to a variety of projects, and international travel. Our benefits are cutting edge as we offer student loan repayment assistance, lucrative 401k program, company assisted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, wellness program, onsite workout facilities & classes along with competitive salary and incentive compensation, generous paid time off programs and a full array of medical, dental and vision options. We’ve got the right stuff, do you? Let’s find out together.


Then join us! We look forward to receiving your online application!


New York Air Brake LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Watertown