Product Line Manager 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 1874 | JOB GRADE: 17 


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.



The Product Line Manager (PLM) will analyze general market, technology and product trends, in cooperation with the technology scouting of Knorr Bremse. The PLM monitors customers market characteristics and the investment strategies of the most relevant key clients in the market. Creates regular reports on innovative product concepts. Carries out market and product portfolio analyses. Identifies potential for optimization and sets-up action roadmaps to be agreed by management. Coordinates activities to develop existing products and/or new products in close cooperation with the respective functions (e.g. R&D, Marketing, SCM). Steers the production of product documentations as input for further product related activities (e.g. production of marketing and sales material, certification, supplier selection, etc.). Plans the logistics concepts, from supplier to customer, in cooperation with the respective organization. Ensures product availability for sales and customer.



Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Overall responsibility for the success of assigned product(s) profitability and market share.
  • Establishing marketing strategies including product direction, price, place and promotion for the assigned products.
  • Market and competition analysis - size of the market, current market share, competitors’ products and associated features, current and potential customers, factors impacting customer buying decisions
  • Develop proposals based on customer's RFQ organizing internal resource contributions for product solutions, cost and price. 
  • Support the sales team in making presentations to the customers and helping them to secure additional business. 
  • Developing annual business forecasts and plans for assigned products. Support Sales and Operations Planning.
  • Develop business case and product definitions to drive new product development and improvements to existing products. Develop and support market launch plans for new products.
  • Monitor product performance in the field by staying abreast of the quality issues and ensure those are being handled expeditiously minimizing the impact on the customer and market share. Identify projects necessary to address product design or manufacturing quality issues and drive those in the organization
  • Identify projects for improving product profitability (direct material or labor cost reductions), develop business case and launch project.
  • Manage projects as needed using NYAB project management processes, tools and methodologies.
  • Oversee execution of contracts/projects for assigned products - customer interface, risk management, delivery tracking etc.
  • Getting involved in contract review process as needed to ensure contracts yield profitable business.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the management



Skills and Competencies

  • Technically oriented
    • Working experience with engineering practices, new product development.
  • Understanding of Project Management principles and processes.
  • Excellent analytical skills
    • Ability to understand data and making clear conclusions- sound knowledge of MS-Excel.
  • Good presentation and organization skills
    • Sound Knowledge of MS -PowerPoint
  • Proven Leadership Skills
    • Ability to work with people at all levels in the organization.


Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Engineering

5-8 Years of Relevant Experience

*LI-TS1  *LI-Hybrid

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!

Nearest Major Market: Watertown