Commodity Manager 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 1927 | JOB GRADE:16 



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 for Components to develop and manage the commodity strategy to achieve best cost, quality, delivery, and features/technologies from a global supply base. This role is an in-office hybrid position in Westminster, MD. In addition to the Components responsibility the incumbent will support the integration of Commodity Management into the Transit Rail business based in Westminster by engaging key internal customers and facilitating discussions with Commodity Managers in other locations to secure their involvement.   


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

  •  Liaison between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments, and clients for Components Commodity for all sourcing projects, requirements, and overall procurement activity in a project-based business environment.
  • Responsible procurement contact for Components Commodity for new project sourcing development up to and including supplier award for key project deliverables. Actively manage early price negotiations, Schedule Agreement consideration, and other aspects of sourcing and contract management for project implementation.
  • Participate in active customer bid proposals to review and determine procurement decisions related to Buy America/Buy American/Local Content requirements prior to submission and secure support from relevant Commodity Managers.
  • Participate early in design and development projects and secure support from relevant Commodity Managers to provide sourcing technical input and manufacturability feedback prior to bid submissions.
  • Participate in Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) across all Transit Rail product lines and secure support from relevant Commodity Managers and suppliers to identify and prioritize cost reduction opportunities.
  • 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.                   
  • Over time, develop a pool of preferred suppliers for the Components’ Commodity; develop the key suppliers to support North American Rail Purchasing requirements and remove suppliers who are unable to exceed our requirements.                         
  • Responsible for material cost and specific yearly goals for cost reductions through negotiations, resourcing and product redesign.                
  • Report to executive management the commodity strategy, performance, market tendencies and overall state of the commodity supply base.                         .                        
  • Management and record keeping for supplier NDA’s, unique supplier agreements and legal review of supplier documents if needed.                               


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

*LI-TS1 *LI-Hybrid


What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

- Competitive Health Benefits, including Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision and Video visits
- Company-paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Coverage
- Accident Insurance
- Health and Dependent Care FSAs
- Generous 401(k) plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Free corporate passes to the Baltimore Zoo and Aquarium 
- Free gym membership
- Additional discounts include cellular, auto, theme park & attraction tickets, local restaurants, bank partnerships, etc.
- Paid “KBC Cares” Volunteer Time Off
- Vacation and Sick/Administrative Leave
- 12 company-paid holidays (includes full week between Christmas and New Year’s)
- Monthly employee welfare events and corporate outreach (Crab Feast, Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Chili Cook-Off, etc.)

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore