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Bendix Project Manager, On-Board Systems in Westminster, Maryland

Project Manager, On-Board Systems

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Job Description

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!KBC Careers

The Project Manager is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities of designated projects to ensure that the goals or objectives of the project are accomplished within a prescribed time frame and budget. This position manages, leads, and coordinates the activities of the Project Team and all project related activities with the customer.

The duration of the project, under the Project Manager’s leadership, involves certain Tender Phase activities but is mainly from Notice to Proceed (NTP) by the customer to the end of the warranty period. Thereafter the project is handed over to the After-Market / Rail Services Department.

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

Specific Tender Phase Duties:

  • Verifying the tender QGATEs/Technical Design Reviews are complete.

  • Participate and drive the completion of the Pre and Post-Contract KPI Checklists and Risk Assessments.

  • Review and confirm the project budgets (Global and Local views), with the Sales Manager and assigned systems engineer, before the project is moved to 1430.

  • Drive the systems engineering team to complete the project CDRL list prior to contract award.

  • Verify the correct project status/state is in PLUPs/Eigner/BSC/PSR before handover.

  • Drive the completion of the LP8 new project process prior to project handover from the Sales Manager:

  • Contract Book

  • New Project Checklist

  • Internal and External NRE and Recurring offers saved with the proposal cost sheet in the correct location, etc.

  • Verify final Clause by Clause (CbC), Internal Requirement Specifications, Technical Offers, etc. are stored systematically and on the local folders.

  • Specific Project Phase Duties:

  • Coordinates and monitors activities and action items of project personnel to ensure project progresses on schedule and within scope.

  • Key liaison to customer for the project. Generates all official outgoing correspondence to customer. Reviews, files and distributes all official / contractual incoming correspondence and ensures closure of actions through use of KBC database.

  • Generates and maintains an agreed project schedule together with the concerned departments and Centers of Competence (CoCs), outlining tasks from NTP through First Article Inspection (FAI) and warranty completion. Coordinates the project team to ensure all key milestones are achieved in order to meet the project objectives / customer needs.

  • Calculates and maintains realistic project cost and budget using KB project reporting tools in SAP.

  • Supervises the allocation of the work packages to all relevant departments, Engineering, Engineering services and the CoCs to ensure the required design, development, testing and documentation. The work allocations are made by the System engineer and involved CoC Sub-Project Managers (via design, development and engineering requests) .

  • Runs project meetings with the customer and internal departments to ensure the customer needs are clarified and aligned with the project objectives and clearly communicated to all relevant parties.

  • Coordinate together with the System Engineer all internal system design reviews and external (customer) product and system design freezes.

  • Monitors progress of the assigned work packages via project-internal controlling (performance progress, dates, costs, quality) and takes measures against deviations in the plan (if necessary, escalation to Management)

  • Places orders for the deliverable Bill of Material (BOM) to Logistics. Responsible to negotiate BOM changes and ensure updating order compliance internally.

  • Regularly monitors delivery schedule together with Logistics to ensure the customer needs are met and is responsible to drive any required recovery plans.

  • Responsible for driving, monitoring, submitting and obtaining approval of all contractual deliverables

  • Effectively manages Accounts Receivables, advance payments and nonrecurring engineering deliverables on assigned Projects to meet company goals.

  • Carries out contract management, risk management, claim management and change order management.

  • Coordinates and manages the preparation for FAI, validation and commissioning activities together with Engineering and Quality Departments.

  • Prepares the necessary warranty support (training, tools, spares, etc.) together with Engineering and Field Service Departments.

  • Follows-up on the effective management failed parts, returned material and associated quality documentation.

  • Brings the project to formal closure and performs Lessons Learned

Required Skills

TravelTravel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Required Education and Experience

  • Education Level/Degree: Minimum 4BA/BS

  • Experience: 2-3yrs

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Education Level/Degree: Desired 2Y MBA

  • Experience: 5yrs

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

The Project Manager has access to reports, records, plans and Projects of the organization where the utmost integrity is required to safeguard the organization’s competitive position. A high degree of mental and visual alertness is necessary to complete a broad range of non-routine work with confidential data including business plans, operating budgets, income statements, and customer information. Customer requests or requirement changes usually demand unreasonable deadlines, which create periods of excess workloads causing increased stress for Projects staff and the organization. Project Manager must act as a facilitator at interdepartmental meetings to assist in the decision-making process.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Experience


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.


Job Location

Westminster, Maryland, United States

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