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Category Steel Buyer

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Location: Peterlee, Durham, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Oct 10, 2019

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Job Description


Job Title: Category Steel Buyer
Salary: £45,855 - £57,318 depending on experience
Location: UK (exact location yet to be confirmed)
Travel: The position may require frequent travel
Closing Date: 10th October 2019
Job Reference: 1900062P

Job Purpose:

To serve as the primary contact between Caterpillar and the supply base for global/regional initiatives, including filling the functional seat for commercial discussions/negotiations with suppliers, being the recognized expert for his or her assigned portion of the global category, supports development and execution of global category strategies, and  drives performance excellence in Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management (QCLDM) through direct leverage with the supply base partnering with  Supplier Development Professional (SDP) personnel and Product/Facility Procurement organizations.

Job Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for development and/or communication and implementation of a regional, or worldwide sourcing strategy

  • Responsible for development, management and execution of the global category strategy, managing policies, agreements, source catalogues, and special procurement programs

  • Accountable for liaison with the corresponding source buyers

  • Provide leadership for strategic sourcing – qualified supply network, business continuity, supplier risk management – capacity & financial, contract management, supplier commercial negotiations, cost/spend management – TCA assurance, supplier on boarding/off boarding, lead/response time optimization and resource management decisions

  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives and purchasing new product introduction activities within Purchasing

  • Demonstrate leadership in recognizing the potential for cost and inventory reductions, and quality improvement; as well as responsibility for soundness of business proposals and risk assessment

  • Mentor and develop other Buyers, SQEs, and Purchasing Analysts (where assigned). Promote the highest level of professionalism and business ethics

  • Lead 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing Teams to fully understand the current performance of the supply network, evaluate strategic options, decide a course of action, and begin implementation

  • Collaborate with Supplier Development Engineers to ensure continuous improvement in QCLDM with key suppliers


NB. The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined.

Skills, experience and qualifications you will have:

  • Experience in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and/or engineering

  • Undergraduate degree from university/college or equivalent experience

  • Tools and techniques of 6 Sigma, attained by Black Belt, Green Belt, Project Sponsor or other 6 Sigma related training programmes

  • Professional certification in Purchasing and/or Inventory Management

  • Strong knowledge of the product, NPI, Facility, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Category Strategies

  • Experience in leading teams, suppliers and customers to effective solutions

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Fluent in English language and preferred other languages

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles as applied by Caterpillar and our suppliers

Skills, experiences and qualifications you may have:

  • Category team or product team experience
  • Analytical, problem solving and project leadership skills

  • Understanding on QCLDM

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

To apply for this position please visit Caterpillar Careers ( > Careers > Search and apply > Experienced Professionals > paste the job number from then advert into the search box and then follow the application process.

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Oct 10, 2019


United Kingdom