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Transportation Buyer

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Location: Grimbergen, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium
Date Posted: Feb 23, 2019

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Job Description


As a Transporter Buyer, you will procure transportation services for all ground transportation modes, Full Truckload (FTL), Less-Than Truckload (LTL), Heavy Haul and Rail, for Caterpillar’s material and product flows within EAME & CIS. Scope includes transportation of goods for all Caterpillar facilities, including subsidiaries, affiliates, and distribution centres.


Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish carrier selection criteria that consider economic situation, market trends, carrier capabilities and financial health
    as well as Caterpillar's strategic direction and business needs.

  • Track market rates continuously and develop a deep understanding of key long-term rate drivers for multiple
    transportation modes, regionally and internationally.

  • Negotiate contracts that outline business requirements, performance standards, rates and service level expectations.

  • Work with Caterpillar’s legal services to ensure that all carrier contracts provide the Caterpillar Enterprise with appropriate legal protections. 

  • Act as commercial escalation for unresolved service provider issues.

  • Drives service provider performance, as defined by operations, to ensure providers are accountable for meeting service commitments.

  • Ensure service provider cost drivers are understood and communicated as needed.

  • Work with service providers to establish quarterly or semi-annual business reviews and ensure those business reviews are held with appropriate business units.  

  • Drive visibility of transportation rates/services through new or existing technology platforms (TiContract)

  • Ensure that carrier relationships and transactions comply with international legal and customs requirements.


  • Strong knowledge of European transportation market; cost drivers, trade imbalances, service coverage and capabilities of carriers.

  • College or university degree, preferably in logistics

  • Min 5 years experience in procurement of transportation services to include the development and execution of complex sourcing events

  • Excellent knowledge of purchasing practices and principles, rate structures and market rate trends of ground freight market in Europe & CIS distribution

  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills. Good communication and collaboration skills

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Job Info

Feb 23, 2019