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Senior Buyer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 247 | JOB GRADE:15 



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 www.KnorrBrake.com!



The role of the Senior Buyer is to lead the team responsible for the management and administration of Purchase Orders and Subcontracts. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the KBC Procurement organization selects the most appropriate goods and services on the basis of price, quality, delivery times and services support. The primary commodity for this role is electrical and electronics components.


Essential Functions:

  • Maintain thorough records through the tendering process to ensure proper and efficient handover to Project/ Operations teams;
  • Providing commercial advice to Project Management and Operations Teams;
  • Actively promote and champion the use of best practice to ensure compliance with the organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Liaising between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments and clients;
  • Develop and maintain Contracts & Procurement strategy & policies
  • Highlighting any major commercial risks or issues to Management and work with them to ensure the optimum solution;
  • Producing reports and statistics
  • Prepare accurate and economic pricing of tenders with due regard to vendor/ sub- contractor positions and market forces;
  • Participation in audits as required;
  • Attending meetings and trade conferences;
  • The post holder will be expected to travel as required both locally and internationally.
  • General procurement support functions.

Required Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of SAP
  • Proficient in all Microsoft office products.
  • Working knowledge of lean principles.
  • Ability to multitask and manage deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven problem-solving ability


Social Skills:

  • Customer Orientation  
  • Communication Skills  
  • Analytical Thinking  
  • Teamwork  
  • Managing & Improving Processes



7-10+ years of relevant experience

  • Electronics purchasing experience
  • ERP Systems, SAP experience a plus



Bachelors Degree in relevant discipline



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