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Strategic Purchasing Manager

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, Westminster Full-Time
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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! URL blocked - click to apply


This position is responsible for providing leadership of the strategic purchasing function within KBC. Working with internal business partners in the manufacturing, project management and engineering community, the overall objective is obtaining material, supplies and services in conformance with technical requirements, on time and at the best value.

Essential Functions

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

Major Responsibilities of the position:

  • Develop, implement and maintain a commodity based strategic sourcing and supplier development process for both ongoing and new product production.
  • Supervise the strategic buyers
  • Ensure the process, from requisition to order placement, is efficient and in compliance with established rules, regulations and policies.
  • Monitor and maintain compliance with applicable ISO and IRIS Standards.
  • Develop purchasing databases and performance measurements.
  • Provide reports to Deputy Director of Purchasing as requested.
  • Interface directly with supplier management as needed to resolve issues.
  • Recognize and evaluate strategies/opportunities, as well as business and legal risks.
  • Provide sound procurement advice and guidance to team members.
  • Interface with other departments to achieve common goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to follow instructions, safety & environmental rules and regulations.

Main Tasks:

  • Securing that the process contents in the concerned Organization units are known.
  • Support other concerned process drivers in their processes.
  • Knowledge of Best-Practice solutions.
  • Implementation of important results of projects into the processes.
  • Ensure continuous improvement also by controlling of realization and effectiveness of the process with suitable methods (e.g. performance indicators, assessments) and initiation of suitable measures at deviations.
  • Secure implementation of process-oriented tasks in one’s own target agreement; including bonus relevant targets for their process(es).


Main Responsibilities:

  • Process tasks as described in departmental procedures.
  • Responsibility also covers Sub-Processes in other Organizational units.
  • Group Process Driver responsibility covers all organizational units worldwide.
Required Skills
  • Must have strong computer and MRP skills (SAP knowledge a+)

  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills (Bilingual a+)

  • Must have good interpersonal skills.

  • Must have negotiation abilities.

  • Must have good business acumen

  • Experience sourcing technical products preferred.

Required Experience

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field required
  • Master's Degree in Supply Chain, Operations or Business Management a plus

Experience Required

  • 7-10 years of purchasing experience required
  • 5+ years of experience managing direct reports required
  • 10+ years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment preferred


What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you?

  • Competitive Health Benefits
  • Company Paid Life and Disability Benefits
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401 (k) Plan
  • Educational Assistance
  • Free Passes to Local Attractions
  • Free Gym memberships
  • Additional Discount Offerings
  • Volunteer Paid Time Off
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Company Paid Holidays
  • Monthly Employee Welfare Events and Volunteer Opportunities


We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.




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1869: Westinghouse Air Brake Company established in Wilmerding, Pa., to manufacture air brakes invented by George Westinghouse.

1924: Westinghouse air brake system including Broussouse compressor applied to International Harvester Coach in Akron, Oh.

1927: Bendix Corporation formed by automotive engineer Vincent Bendix. Company produces "Safety Servo" vacuum brake under the Braggs-Kliesrath name.

1930: Bendix-Westinghouse Automotive Air Brake Company established following the merger of Bendix Corp. and Westinghouse Automotive Air Brake. Headquarters located in Wilmerding, Pa.

1934: Bendix-Westinghouse takes automotive air brake worldwide by establishing licensing agreements with Westinghouse companies in France, Germany, Italy and England.

1941: Bendix-Westinghouse establishes new headquarters in Elyria, Oh.

1949: WWII accelerates developments, and air braking becomes standard on all heavy trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, fire trucks and off-highway vehicles.

1960: Automatic slack adjusters, air dryers, dual brake valves and first generation antilock braking systems are under development.

1969: Bendix Corporation acquires 100 percent ownership of Bendix-Westinghouse.

1973: Bendix-Westinghouse becomes Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, a division of Bendix Corporation.

1975: Bendix dual air brake system becomes standard for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121.

1980: Bendix establishes worldwide parts distribution center and remanufacturing operation in Huntington, In.

1982: Bendix Corporation merges with Allied Corporation and the division becomes an operating unit of Allied Automotive, an independent supplier to the worldwide automotive industry under the brand names of Bendix®, Fram® and Autolite®.

1986: The Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems Group of Allied merges with Bendix Limited European truck air brake operation establishing Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems Group-Europe. Allied Corporation acquires Signal operations establishing AlliedSignal Inc. as the division's parent company.

1989: Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems Group-Europe acquires truck air brake operation of Magneti Marelli, strengthening European operations.

1999: AlliedSignal merges with Honeywell International. The new company continues to offer Bendix® brand name air brake and control systems and components under its Honeywell Commercial Vehicle Systems unit. Honeywell operates Honeywell Commercial Vehicle Systems as a joint venture with Knorr-Bremse AG of Munich, Germany. Honeywell owns 65 percent of the unit. Knorr-Bremse owns 35 percent.
2002: Knorr-Bremse assumes 100 percent ownership of Honeywell Commercial Vehicle Systems from Honeywell International Inc. The company changes its legal name to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.

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