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