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Location: Mossville, IL, United States
Date Posted: Dec 12, 2019

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What matters most to you? Is it being a part of a strong team? 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 Energy & Transportation Purchasing Division currently has openings for a Category Buyer for Electrification located in Mossville, IL, specializing in advanced energy storage i.e. lithium-based batteries, Solar (Photovoltaic), Fuel Cells, Associated Control and Supporting Systems. As a Buyer with Caterpillar, you will provide purchasing solutions expertise, using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management to deliver maximum value.


As a member of a project team for new product introduction projects you are, together with the other team members, responsible for the delivery of the project on time and in full. You are involved in the project from concept to feasibility to serial production start. Together with the project team you develop budget targets, calculate, update and report costs, status and timing. For the project you are the main contact person in the purchasing department and are responsible for source selection and qualification, sourcing costs and timely supplier implementation.  


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

  • Serve as the primary contact between Caterpillar and the supply base for global 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 ongoing development, communication and implementation of a global sourcing strategy
  • Responsible for developing, managing, and executing contractual agreements 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.
  • Identify and promote new technology opportunities for continuous improvement and cost reductions
  • Promote the highest level of professionalism and business 


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years experience required in a procurement or supply chain job role
  • 3+ years’ experience in category team, product team, and project leadership


Top Candidates Will Also Have:


  • Ability to read and interpret drawings for manufacturing, component data and specifications.  
  • Experience in purchasing and sourcing data analytics, evaluations and decisions as well as practical experience in project leadership and program management.
  • Understanding and exposure of Lean Manufacturing principles
  • 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
  • Professional certification in Purchasing and/or Inventory Management a plus
  • Strong cost management skills
  • Demonstrated success with contract management/development
  • Experience with should cost modeling techniques & E-auctions
  • Experience leading organizations or influencing key stakeholders without direct authority. Capability to develop networks involving cross functional/cross division groups and to senior management
  • Strong analytical skills in gathering, analyzing, and tracking key market information and trends
  • Understanding of the common category needs of multiple business units and ability to leverage company’s strengths to obtain best values for the businesses.
  • Educate stakeholders on industry technology of best in class product and category solutions.
  • Ability to recognize electronic market factors driving price, to evaluate and compare current price to market to secure reduced prices
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings, CAD files, tooling specifications, and electronics specifications.

Additional Information:

  • This position will close Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Relocation is available for this position
  • Travel is 20% or less.

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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Dec 12, 2019


United States