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Wabtec Corporation Senior Specialist, Internal Communications in Des Moines, Iowa

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: .

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

We are seeking a creative, driven, and experienced professional to lead internal communications activities for Wabtec. The Senior Specialist, Internal Communications will be responsible for Wabtec’s global internal communications platforms and content. In this role, they will create and evolve a strategy to align, implement, and evolve our platforms and content to deliver relevant and timely communications that educate employees about Wabtec’s Mission, Vision, Values, and business strategy and inspire employee engagement.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of internal communication strategies, ensuring alignment with the overarching Wabtec communications and business strategy.

  • Write, edit, and produce content across multiple internal channels (e.g., global intranet, newsletters, SharePoint, All-Hands Meetings, etc.) to deliver relevant and timely communications that educate employees about Wabtec’s Mission, Vision, Values, and business strategy and inspire employee engagement.

  • Partner with colleagues across the Global Communications team, particularly business group and regional leads, to ensure message alignment and generate content ideas.

  • Oversee global intranet and partner with Global Communications team and key stakeholders to provide guidance on their “pages”; This includes creating a unified and consistent approach (and training) for key stakeholders to publish content directly.

  • Develop a streamlined process to solicit and publish articles from across the company and establish best practices for quality control of editorial content.

  • Partner with IT to evolve the content delivery strategy and lead ongoing efforts optimize and enhance the user experience.

  • Assess, leverage, and continuously refine multiple formats for content delivery (e.g., infographics, digital signage, photography, videos, and newsletters).

  • Oversee the publication of weekly employee newsletters; Assist regional leads in tailoring content for language needs/local considerations.

  • Generate and execute ideas for original articles and series; Create a combination of push and pull content that provides steady rhythm of diverse and globally relevant “destination reading” on the intranet.

  • Analyze and communicate relevant metrics to demonstrate effectiveness of internal communications channels and drive ongoing engagement.

  • Collaborate with business group and regional leads, and the entire Global Communications Team to build effective relationships in a matrixed environment; Support diverse and dispersed stakeholders and initiatives.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college

  • 5+ years professional experience in Communications or related field

  • 5+ years of internal communications/writing experience

  • Flexibility and adaptability; Willing to serve in multiple communication capacities based on environmental changes and organizational need

  • Exceptional editorial skills (e.g., writing, editing, and proofreading)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in the areas of Communications, Journalism, English, or Liberal Arts

  • 7+ years professional experience in Communications or related field

  • Experience in technology, transportation, or industrial sector

  • Experience in global, highly matrixed organizations

  • Proven ability to break down siloes and collaborate across geographies and business groups to drive effective solutions

  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills

  • Ability to influence, counsel, and guide employees at all levels

  • Ability to shape and edit team members’ and peers’ content in a productive, positive, results-driven manner

  • Outstanding project management skills, keen attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously with high standards for quality

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and tight deadlines

  • Ability to translate complex ideas into clear, influential communications

  • Experience launching and/or leading enterprise an internal communications platform

  • Ability to write across multiple channels and write messages that reflect an understanding of audiences’ needs

  • Strong presentation skills


Ability to travel to Pittsburgh, PA (Wabtec HQ) as needed

10-20% of travel expected

Location: Pittsburgh, PA or Chicago, IL preferred, open to remote locations in the US, with the exception of Colorado.

Relocation assistance may be provided if eligibility requirements are met.

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.