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Commodity Manager 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 1034 | 


Knorr Brake Company is the innovative leader in the manufacture and supply of braking systems, passenger doors and climate-control equipment for all types of Mass Transit customers such as: METRO, Light Rail Vehicles, High-Speed Trains, Commuter Rail and Monorail Vehicles for the North America market. We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today at!



We are seeking an experienced Commodity Manager to develop and manage the commodity strategy to achieve best cost, best quality, best delivery times and latest technologies from a global supply base. This role is an in office position in Westminster, MD. 


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


  • Solves a range of complex problems taking a new perspective on using existing solutions problems related to purchasing.
  • Analyzes purchasing trends and implements strategies based upon standard procedures and protocols.                   
  • Develop and manage commodity strategy to achieve best cost, best quality, best delivery times and latest technologies from a global supply base.                                 
  • Develop a pool of preferred suppliers for each commodity; develop the key suppliers to support NYAB requirements and remove suppliers who are unable to exceed our requirements.                         
  • Resource production materials to the NYAB global supply base.                            
  • Manage the commodity specific cross functional team to improve cost, quality, on-time delivery and latest technologies.
  • Responsible for material cost and specific yearly goals for cost reductions through negotiations, resourcing and product redesign       
  • Management of working capital through supplier payment terms.                           
  • Report to executive management the commodity strategy, performance, market tendencies and overall state of the commodity supply base.                         
  • Support the Program Managers lead project for purchasing requirements.                        
  • Responsible for system cost data; SAP, MPI, TPI; support for finance in the yearly standard cost roll.                       
  • Management and record keeping for supplier NDA’s, unique supplier agreements and legal review of supplier documents if needed.                                   
  • YOY Supplier payment term improvement and 100% utilization of the SEPP program.



Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated project management skills that include utilizing an organized approach, setting priorities, identifying risks and opportunities, managing resources, milestones, and costs in a matrix/cross-functional organization.
  • Demonstrates experience in implementing change and sustaining gains.
  • Able to influence peers and lead cross functional teams.
  • Has strong organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Has knowledge and experience in Supply Chain principles, Purchasing and Supplier quality.
  • Has strong organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Has global sourcing experience.
  • Has strong negotiation skills.
  • Has fundamental knowledge of law in support of T&C’s and supplier contracting.
  • Understands deep cross functional business acumen.
  • Has polished professionalism that enable presentation in front of executive leadership.


Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment
The employee will be required to perform duties on a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e. noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt etc. 


Physical Demands
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of an office work environment position.



Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain or relevant degree 

5+ Years of Relevant Experience

What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

  • Hybrid work in the office at from home after 90 day probationary period, manager discretion on 2 or 3 days
  •  A rich, competitive Health Benefit plan including a wellness program that cuts your benefit premiums down to a fraction of the original cost
  • 401(k) Plan with a 50% Company Match for the first 6% deferred plus additional safe harbor and discretionary company contributions
  • Company Paid Life and Disability Benefits
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Paid Personal Time Off and Volunteer Time Off
  • 12 Company Paid Holidays
  • Monthly Employee Welfare Events and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Free Passes to Baltimore Zoo and Aquarium, Free Tee Times at local golf courses, and Free Gym Membership
  • Celebree Learning Center Westminster childcare discount
  • Exclusive access to travel, theme park and other attractions discounts
  • Automotive Discounts
  • Cellular service discounts
  • Special pricing on BJ’s Wholesale annual membership
  • PNC Workplace Banking and First Financial Credit Union member perks
  • Additional local business discounts

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore