WABTEC Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Manage all aspects of the business relationship with assigned railroad customer(s) including acting as the primary single point of contact. The Program Manager will oversee system and software project activities (in conjunction with the technical staff) for assigned customers associated with the definition, development, field test and implementation of Wabtec’s Train Control products. The Program Manager will be responsible for managing and communicating project plans, status, financial management, scheduling and invoicing as well as assisting with contract and subcontract development in conjunction with the Contracts department.


• Project planning fundamentals: initiating, planning, estimating, resourcing, scheduling and budgeting.• Project control fundamentals: monitoring, anticipating potential problems, identifying project conflicts, taking corrective action, resolving issues, risk management, managing scope, schedule and budget, and project reporting.• Project communication fundamentals: speaking, writing, presenting, identifying and managing expectations, managing relationships at all levels.• Assist in proposal development with the Business Development staff.• Assist in contract and subcontract negotiations with the Business Development and Legal staff.• Create documents and coordinate with Legal counsel, for contracts associated with Master Schedule of Services Agreements, Statements of Work, Software Licensing agreements, and post-installation support and maintenance.• Prepare and manage to a Master Project Schedule, obtain concurrence of all participating organizations and negotiate agreement with the customer, including identification of work and organizational breakdown structures, requirements creation and management, cost and material estimates, milestone payment schedule, risk and communication management plans.• Working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Project or Primavera.• Develop, submit and negotiate project Change Orders with customers.• Develop and manage sub-contractor/third party business relationships associated with the program.• Assist in creating the project Software Development Plan (SDP) by working closely with the Technical PM to ensure resources are allocated properly to meet schedule requirements.• Allocate and track funds for the program on a recurring basis to the performing organizations.• Track and manage project and labor costs.• Conduct recurring customer reviews addressing costs, schedules, risks and customer considerations.• Provide weekly status reports to Wabtec management.• Identify and manage potential issues and risks.• Lead efforts to resolve all business issues.• Manage customer enhancement programs including all bid and schedule estimates and management approval activities.


• Ideal candidate will possess 5 plus years’ experience in systems / software program management with preference in the rail / transit industry.• College BS/BA degree required with preference given to engineering or software fields, or those with extensive business management experience.• Candidates with PMP certification, or commensurate professional certification preferred.• Demonstrated ability to achieve continuous, process-driven improvement.• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate clearly and concisely, tailored to audience.• Self-motivated with proven ability to work independently and demonstrate strong leadership and team-building skills.• Ability to develop high level of credibility and strong positive relationships with customers, subordinates, peers, and management.• 25-30% travel required.

Benefits as a Wabtec employee:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance starts on your first day

  • New hires start with 3 weeks of vacation per year then receive 4 weeks after 5 years

  • Paid Sick time

  • 10 paid holidays

  • Company paid disability, life insurance and AD&D.

  • 401(k) plan- receive 6% of your annual compensation in company-provided contributions (if you contribute 3%)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And much more!




Functional AreaProject Management

Business UnitRegular Full-Time

TypeWabtec Railways Electronics