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Supplier Quality Engineer

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Location: Island Lake, IL, United States
Date Posted: Oct 24, 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 CAT Oil & Gas and Marine Division has an exciting opportunity for a Supplier Quality Engineer in Island Lake, Illinois.  In this role, you will ensure the manufacturing operations can continue operations without a detrimental impact to the process from a quality perspective.


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

  • From the initial concern, the Supply Network Quality Engineer will identify, contain and ultimately eliminate the defect.  Skills that will be required include Root-Cause-Corrective-Action Analysis (RCCA), 8D, rework and containment plans, and strong communication and collaboration with suppliers.
  • Managing PPAP and SQEP activities for Control of Externally Provided Processes, Products and Services
  • Initiating supplier driven containment activity, to ensure production schedules are not prejudiced
  • Reviewing and approving Corrective Action Plans and establishing framework for Supplier  Performance Management (SPM)
  • Maintaining accountability with the suppliers to establish containment plans related to quality discrepancies
  • Ensuring supplier is developing corrective action plans to enable operations to continue with minimum disruption
  • Establishing and maintaining internal Quality metrics by analyzes company strategy, the existing quality policy, historic quality metrics, and customer satisfaction to determine relevant quality objectives

Leadership - This position has no direct reports. The incumbent must exhibit strong leadership qualities to ensure that suppliers agree to and deliver Containment Action and facilitate Program Timing and Final Corrective Action, in accordance with the 8D process. Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards within this diverse global organization.

Supplier Management - Responsible for maintaining accountability with the suppliers to establish containment plans related to quality discrepancies. Will ensure the supplier is developing corrective action plans to enable operations to continue with minimum disruption. 

Relationships - maintains close working relationships with: Suppliers, Quality Groups, Procurement Groups, Logistics and Material Planning Groups    


 Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s level degree or equivalent experience, preferably in Engineering or STEM
  • Engineering or manufacturing background plus familiarity with manufacturing processes used to produce components and assemblies for Caterpillar Products 
  • Knowledge of shop operations and maintenance procedures 
  • 3+ years' of job related Engineering/Quality and/or related experience

Top candidate will also have:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Solid ability to use and demonstrate statistical process control (SPC), analyzing data and illustrating it in metrics dashboards
  • Good human relations skills are required to develop a cooperative working relationship with others inside and outside of Caterpillar
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and purchasing systems

Additional Information:

  • This position will close Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • This position is located in Island Lake, IL.
  • This position does not offer relocation assistance.

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


Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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Oct 24, 2019


United States