Project Manager 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 5773 | JOB GRADE:16  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: Remote 



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!



Project Manager  - Work location is New York City


The Project Manager has full responsibility for the successful technical and commercial execution of the project, leads the full project activity of Knorr-Bremse companies involved in the project across the group and is the primary customer point of contact.  Responsible for day-to-day project tasking and meeting project customer requirements, cost goals, and schedule.   Manages the Design/Build project and prepares for the transition into the long-term Maintenance Contract.  Project size >$40M. 


The Platform Screen Doors (PSD) Project Manager is responsible for assuring the complete performance of the KBC scope of work on the Design Build phase of the PSD project and for assuring the seamless transition into the Maintenance phase.  The Project Manager will have full responsibility for the execution of the Maintenance Contract once the Design Build phase is complete.  KBC scope of work includes supporting the overall system level integration activity with the installation contractor for the New York City Transit (NYCT) Platform Screen Door Project in which the Project Manager shall work with the Knorr-Bremse Platform Screen Door Center of Competence in Melksham, England to meet project schedule and assure the smooth execution of a technology transfer for procurement and production in the USA.


The Project Manager shall assure effective liaison between KBC’s international project team for the PSD Design to support and resolve technical and commercial issues with the installation contractor during the Design/Build phase as they arise during the design, installation, and commissioning of PSD at each location, and then directly with NYCT during the maintenance and aftermarket support activities phase.   


Throughout the Design/Build phase of the project, the Project Manager will ensure that the planning of activities is carried out by KBC to support the PSD system and the ancillary sub-systems and equipment including the planning of tools and equipment, spare parts material requirements and maintenance schedules to be deployed in the Maintenance phase of the project.


The Project Manager must be highly adaptable to quickly adjust to changes in requirements, schedules, technical needs, and other aspects of the project to ensure that work moves forward successfully.  The Project Manager possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and be confident and professional in preparing and delivering technical and commercial presentational material.


The Project Manager is responsible and accountable for the financial result of the project and will establish, with the finance organization, a project cost structure, budget allocation and headcount allocations to execute the project at the planned cost and level of profitability.

The PSD Project Manager shall be based in the New York City area to provide a localized support to both the Design Builder and NYCT during the life of the project.  The Project Manager will initially have a Project Engineer as their direct report but as the schedule progresses, the project team and project structure will grow to encompass a group of over 25 engineering, professional and site technician staff across 3 sites in the New York City area.


Essential functions:

  • Utilizes and follows standard project scheduling and planning tools per KBC REX Procedures.
  • Maintains project plans regularly and provides reports to the Project Executive and to the Project Steering Group.  
  • Develops high-level plans to meet both project and product cost targets.  
  • Directs the process and steps in the technology transfer and local production set up in the USA.
  • Leads project meetings and design reviews, and tracks progress of day to day commitments. 
  • Co-ordinates the project execution strategy with other KB entities involved in the project.
  • Monitors project progress vs. staffing plan and resolves any resource constraints.
  • Ensures that problems and issues are dealt with in a structured manner, using accepted problem solving and root cause analysis.
  • Monitors project progress and ensures appropriate corrective actions are taken, when necessary to maintain project commitments and schedule.
  • Manages the construction phase of the project and prepares for the maintenance phase to assure a seamless transition.
  • Manages the project's risks and opportunities; tracks progress and provides reports to supervisor/manager.
  • Oversees and validates the accuracy of cost inputs and project financial reports.
  • Responsible for execution of customer management strategy - works closely with customer personnel on project status, including technical and schedule issues, and pricing.
  • Aids in the development of new business by providing support for proposals and actively seeks out change order opportunities to  increase value to the project and the client.
  • Complies with, and supports, company policies and programs regarding safety, security, ISO, EEO, OSHA and the Code of Ethics and business conduct.
  • Resolves or escalates issues in a timely manner; often involves manager and project team.


Technical Competencies:

  • Actively pursues opportunities to expand job-related knowledge.
  • Ability to understand operation and key performance parameters, as well as the processes and materials used to manufacture responsible products.
  • Capable of leading a team through structured problem solving technique resulting in correct identification and resolution of root cause.
  • Able to handle customer negotiations on specifications, commercial/contractual issues, change orders and delivery adjustments with positive results.  Regularly handles internal negotiations for resources and priorities.
  • Prior experience in and engineering or project management activity in the passenger rail industry.


Core Competencies:

  • Ability to lead and achieve results through others.
  • Ability to recognize  team member's strengths and to motivate to achieve desired results.
  • Ability to make quality decisions without negative impact on others.
  • Ability to delegate appropriately to the project team and support functions.
  • Demonstrates ability to handle internal negotiations for resources and priorities with positive results.
  • Demonstrates ability to guide teams through project issues. Identifies barriers and involves appropriate resources to resolve issues.
  • Capable of developing and executing effective routine plans; identifying obstacles and issues and communicating to get things resolved.
  • Able to effectively convey pertinent information verbally and in writing to project team and others in a constructive manner.
  • Has strong listening skills, the ability to run effective meetings, and efficiently convey pertinent information to the project team and  others. 
  • Resolves or escalates issues in a timely manner; often involves manager and project team.
  • Has effective written, oral and presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple routine tasks and make quality decisions without negative impact on others.


Bachelors degree and/or significant relevant experience
8+ years of experience


The base pay range for this role is $160,000-240,000.

The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however Knorr Brake Company considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.


What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you?

- Competitive Health Benefits, including Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision and Virtual visits
- Company-paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Company-paid Short-Term Disability Coverage
- Voluntary life, Disability and other Supplemental coverages
- Identity Theft and Legal Protection benefits
- Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Health Savings Accounts
- 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.
- Generous Paid Time Off
- Paid “KBC Cares” Volunteer Time Off
- 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.)


Knorr Brake Company 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: Baltimore