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Location: Lafayette, IN, United States
Date Posted: Jun 15, 2019

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Job Description


What matters most to you? Is it being a part of a strong team? Supporting your family? Solving global problems? You can do these and more at Caterpillar; where your work enables progress around the globe and you contribute to meaningful work. Together, we can build what matters.

The Industrial Power Systems Division currently has openings for a Buyer located in Lafayette, IN. As a Buyer with Caterpillar, you will provide purchasing solutions expertise, using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management to deliver maximum value.

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

  • Serve as the primary contact between Caterpillar and the supply base for global/regional initiatives providing support to various business units
  • Accountable for the complete commercial relationship with the supply based including cost competitiveness and supplier shipping and quality performance
  • Responsible for all commercial discussions/negotiations with the supply base
  • Responsible and accountable for development, and/or communication and implementation of a local or regional sourcing strategy
  • Responsible for, where applicable, developing, managing, and executing contractual agreements for the accountable supply base ensuring business proposal completeness and proper risk assessment.
  • Demonstrate leadership in developing and executing all aspects of OPACC optimization including cost and inventory reductions, quality improvement, and design related opportunities.
  • Provide leadership for sourcing, logistics and resource management decisions
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives, new source introduction (NSI), and new product introduction (NPI) activities ensuring consensus from business partners
  • Promote the highest level of professionalism and business ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree from a college or university
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills are required in dealing with sensitive issues, developing others, and reaching consensus on specific actions
  • Demonstrated functional leadership including at least 3 years managing suppliers and/or creating strategic sourcing plans
  • Capable of leading teams, suppliers and customers to effective solutions.
  • Analytical, problem solving, and project leadership skills
  • Effective communicator, in written and oral form. Fluent in the English language and preferred other languages.
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles as applied by Caterpillar and our suppliers.
  • Must be able to Travel 25% of time around Midwest


Top Candidates Will Also Have:                                               

  • Experience is required in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, and/or engineering
  • Professional certification in Purchasing and/or Inventory Management a plus
  • Effective communicator in written and oral form
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership experience either formal or through influencing key stakeholders
  • Effective program management experience

Relocation is not available for this position

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Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

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Jun 15, 2019


United States