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Senior Buyer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 1355 | 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!



The Senior Buyer is responsible for ensuring that the KBC Procurement organization selects the most appropriate goods and services on the basis of price, quality, delivery and service with a focus on establishing a reliable supply base that consistently meets or exceeds KBC business priorities and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). This role will support multiple commodities but the primary focus will be on metal fabrications and machined parts.


Essential Functions

• Prepare accurate and complete Requests For Quotations (RFQs) and subsequent market studies in a timely manner to support critical business needs 
• Develop, maintain and execute Procurement strategy for assigned commodities in alignment with Commodity Manager(s) and company leadership. 
• Maintain all required part & supplier system data for assigned commodities and effectively manage and execute all supplier contracts.
• Actively promote and champion the use of best practice to ensure compliance with the organization’s policies and procedures.
• Provide commercial advice and support to Project Management, Engineering, Supplier Quality and Operations Teams.
• Act as a liaison between suppliers, manufacturers, and all relevant internal departments and clients to resolve issues and drive a continuous improvement mindset. 
• Highlighting any major commercial risks or issues to Management and work with them to ensure the optimum solution.
• Participation in audits as required

• Maintain thorough records at all times in compliance with company policies and procedures.
• General procurement support functions.

• Must be able to comply with quality, product safety, and HSE rules and regulations. Be energy conscious, if applicable.

• Maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment and ensure the compliance with company's rules and policies.

• Must understand and comply with applicable standards. ( i.e.: ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22163, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, and CMMI).

• Maintain and safeguard business records.


The incumbent will be expected to travel as required mainly domestic travel (10-25%).


Technical Competencies

  • Technical Capacity: ERP System along with the ability to read and understand technical material for assigned commodities, i.e. engineering drawings, material specifications, quality standards & requirements, etc.  
  • Problem Solving: Desire to solve problem with analytical thinking
  • Deep understanding and professional experience with purchasing contracts
  • Excellent negotiation, customer service and communication skills
  • Strong market knowledge and experience in working across various functions, businesses and regions.


Core Competencies

  • Communication Proficiency
  • Organization & Time Management
  • Self-directed and detail oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree, Business or similar

3-5+ years of experience


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