LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 6186 | JOB GRADE: 14  | 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.



Position Summary:


The Buyer for direct material is responsible for ensuring that the Procurement organization selects the most appropriate production material suppliers on the basis of price, quality, delivery and service with a focus on establishing a reliable supply base that consistently meets or exceeds KBC business priorities and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for direct material.


Essential Functions:

  • Prepare accurate and complete Requests For Quotations (RFQs) and subsequent market studies in a timely manner to support critical business needs.
  • Accurately maintain all required part & supplier system data details for assigned direct material commodities and effectively manage and execute all supplier contracts.
  • Develop, maintain and execute Procurement strategy for assigned direct material commodities in order to meet business goals in the areas of sales, supplier on-time delivery, customer delivery reliability, quality & product performance.  • Actively promote and champion the use of best practice to ensure compliance with the organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Provide commercial advice and support to Project Management, Engineering, Supplier Quality and Operations Teams.
  • Act as a liaison between suppliers, manufacturers, and all relevant internal departments and clients to resolve issues and drive a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Highlighting any major commercial risks or issues to Management and work with them to ensure the optimum solution
  • Participation in audits as required
  • Always maintain thorough records in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • The incumbent may be expected to travel as required both locally and internationally.
  • General procurement support functions.
  • Maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment and comply with company rules and policies.
  • Must be able to comply with quality, product safety, and HSE rules, guidelines and regulations. Be energy conscious, if applicable.
  • Must understand and comply with applicable standards. ( i.e.: ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22163, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, and CMMI).
  • Maintain and safeguard business records.



  • ERP System (SAP) along with the ability to read and understand technical material for assigned commodities i.e., engineering drawings, material specifications, quality standards & requirements, etc.
  • Problem Solving- desire to solve problem with analytical thinking.
  • Understanding and professional experience with purchasing contracts. 
  • Excellent negotiation, customer service and communication skills.
  • Strong market knowledge and experience in working across various functions, businesses and regions.



  • 3-5 Years Relevant Experience 
  • 3+ years of experience, including working in a manufacturing environment



  • Communication Proficiency
  • Organization & Time Management
  • Self-directed and detail-oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 



  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred - Business Administration or related, will consider 5+ years of relevant experience in lieu of degree




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