Sourcing & Procurement Expert
Operations Management


This position is responsible for site level sourcing and procurement of all indirect/direct materials across the Hearne service center.  Additionally, this role is responsible for vendor accountability and improvement, cost reduction, price matching, financial category assignments, and accurate reflection of purchase orders and invoices.  This position will work closely with the Colton materials team, schedulers, inspectors, and production supervisors.  This position will collaborate with the corporate procurement team on material category management, and corporate accounts payable team for customer invoice payments.


Responsible for sourcing and procurement for all assigned commodities, products and/or services; including execution and supplier performance improvement support of corporate category strategies.  


Develop and maintain supplier relationships that provide GATX with competitive advantages including lowest total cost, highest quality products, inventory turn improvement and superior customer service.  Identify and develop lowest total cost opportunities through consolidation of suppliers and requirements, alternative sourcing, negotiation, productivity improvements, warranty claim reduction and value analysis.


Utilize SAP transactions to create and edit purchase orders to secure requirements and match vendor invoices.  Collaborate with accounts payable to ensure accurate financial accounting.  Facilitate, track, and communicate the status of open purchase orders for production scheduling.


Complete daily cycle counts and inventory reconciliation on all cars with accuracy, making sure to follow compliance standards.




Interaction:  This position is a direct report to the Materials Lead and interfaces with multiple departments across the Colton network.  This position also works closely with the GATX corporate procurement and accounts payable teams.


Education and/or Experience Required:

  • High School diploma required.
  • Bachelor degree preferred.
  • 3 -5 years of experience in inventory management, billing, warehousing, shipping and receiving, sourcing, and procurement required.
  • Intermediate to Advanced SAP MM experience required.
  • Procurement process (P2P) best practice experience preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in the rail industry preferred.


Key Competencies, in priority order: 

1. Collaborative team player
2. Ability to multi-task in a high transaction volume environment
3. Advanced expediting
4. Basic negotiation
5. Effective oral and written communication
6. Intermediate interpersonal and informal influence/leadership skills
7. Data mining and analysis
8. Problem solving
9. Process and KPI performance continuous improvement
10. Project management


Consistent with our policy, the COVID-19 vaccine is now required for new hires.


GATX embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

GATX Corporation