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Purchasing Manager 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 1496 | JOB GRADE:17 



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!



The Tactical Purchasing Manager is a key position that will assist in various activities to help ensure the company is operating efficiently and effectively.  This role will help to oversee Knorr Brake Company’s supply chain strategy, operational execution, leadership and direction of MRP Controllers (Tactical Purchasers), process changes and procedural/work instruction management.  

The Tactical Purchasing Manager will be responsible for driving year-on-year improvements in KPI’s, including supplier OTD, SAP data accuracy, managing overdues, reschedule messages, trading goods sales line reconfirmations, RTV lines, problem PO receipts, and cost reduction through reviewing order batch quantities and schedules.  This role will also work with the Director of Purchasing to identify areas of concern or poor performing suppliers to improve the communication and management of these business associates. 


Essential Functions

  • Coordinate main interfaces with the key members of the Supply Chain Management Value Stream (Purchasing Manager, Warehouse Manager, Operations Manager(s), Sales Logistics Manager(s), etc.).
  • Drive cross functional teams in regard to creating, maintaining, and improving processes and SAP utilization. 
  • Manage and oversee the MRP Controller queues, ensuring all KPI`s are improved over time, and supply chain issues are relayed to the relevant internal customers.
  • Participate in the development of supply chain improvement processes/projects.
  • Identification of weaknesses and development of improvement and cost saving possibilities.  Initiation and execution of continuous improvement projects that are measurable and quantifiable that have a positive impact on our processes or foundational practices within the Supply Chain Management Value Stream.
  • Create or develop procedures for Supply Chain Management with input into other functional areas, such as sourcing, sales logistics, etc.  Document supply chain processes, such as workflows, position responsibilities, or system flows. 
  • Monitor supplier performance to assess ability to meet delivery requirements. 
  • Analyze and optimize all tasks and processes within the supply chain – from purchase order entry to goods receipt; consulting and coordination of the process owners, creating the necessary environment for cross-functional cooperation.


Technical Competencies

  • Well-founded knowledge and experience in the usage of MRP/ERP modules.
  • Knowledgeable in Supply Chain principles, Project management, Purchasing and Supplier Quality.
  • Solid knowledge of SAP.


Core Competencies

  • Ability to lead in a cross functional team environment and achieve sustainable gains that are identifiable and measurable.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with clearly demonstrated skills to effectively delegate while maintaining results.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to integrity with respect to the adherence to processes and the handling of data, analysis and reporting.
  • Advanced level problem solving skills and knowledge.
  • Resource training for all levels of the organization, ability to understand and distribute knowledge effectively, expert level knowledge on Supply Chain and how it relates to each functional area of KBC.


Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree

6-8+ years of experience

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What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

  •  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