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Director of Global Operations - Specialty Products

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Location: Mossville, IL, United States
Date Posted: Oct 10, 2019

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Job Description


 The Opportunity:
Now is a great time to join us! Caterpillar has recently been recognized as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes Magazine. Our team is currently looking for a talented individual to fill the role of Operations Manager.  In this position, you will hold the highest manufacturing position among many of Caterpillar’s large facilities, with ultimate responsibility and accountability for Manufacturing Production Execution in 6 facilities in the United States as well as 7 around the world. You will be a representative on the Corporate Manufacturing Council. You will be expected to Develop the annual business plan for all operations sections based on prime product, component, and parts demand. Makes necessary manpower adjustments by determining to hire full time or temporary employees, increasing overtime, etc.
  • Balances operations manpower resources within the facility as a function of production schedules, ensuring compliance to the business plan
  • Makes decision requiring a good understanding of shop processes and plant capability
  • Manages the balancing of manpower inefficiencies with inventory impact to meet production schedule requirements
  • Accountable for the procurement of rough and interplant material; storage and distribution of material in a predetermined quality, quantity and timeliness; and the fabrication, machining, maintenance, assembly, test, paint and shipment of quality products to the customer in a cost effective and timely manner
  • Provides direction for the development of quality and productivity improvements on the factory floor
  • Manages the timely and cost-effective product manufacture along with the requisition of direct material and the purchase of indirect material
  • Manages and assures rough and interplant material quality and on time fabrication, machining, assembly, painting and shipping of prime product and parts to customers
  • May direct the negotiations, commercial settlements and supply agreements with rough material suppliers
  • Provides strategy to resolve supplier delays and to direct product reliability negotiations
  • Control operations within all company manufacturing facilities; apply CPS and 6 Sigma methodologies to optimize throughput and efficiency while minimizing waste and ensuring company expectations for quality and delivery are met on time and in full
  • Provides direction for the development of quality and productivity improvements on the factory floor and gives direction to ensure timely, cost effective manufacture of prime products and components
  • Provides leadership in the development and improvement of quality strategy and other strategic initiatives and aligning manufacturing capital with the capacity requirements and profitability goals
  • Travel over 50% of the time
Provides for the development and improvement of staff by providing expanding experiences, delegating responsibility and providing necessary guidance in solving problems


Basic Qualifications:

·     Broad background and experience in manufacturing operations and technical  resources, as well as good knowledge of purchasing and logistics practices

·     Planning and organizational skills

·     Ability to influence and motivate people are essential

·     Must complete the Caterpillar Production System/LEAN Operations/Facility Manager functional curriculum

·     College or university degree or equivalent experience

·     15 or more years of progressively responsible job-related experience

·     Excellent interpersonal skills are required in order to deal with sensitive issues, develop others, or persuade others inside and outside the department to take specific actions


Top Candidates Will Also Have:

·     Broad company knowledge and strong understanding of dealer operations

·     Possess knowledge of Caterpillar Production System processes and tools Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to deal with sensitive issues, develop the team, and influence others outside of the department to act to meet product line goals


 This role is based in Peoria, IL.


 Additional Information:

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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Oct 10, 2019


United States