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Caterpillar Corporate Finance Strategy and Corporate Development Summer Associate Program

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Location: Deerfield, IL, United States
Date Posted: Apr 1, 2020

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For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. We don't just build great products, we pair them with the newest digital technologies and analytics to solve problems and anticipate customer needs. We are bringing our industry into the Age of Smart Iron. A lasting legacy of talented and committed employees give Caterpillar its competitive edge. It is our team that has allowed this company to accomplish great things. From the construction of the Hoover Dam, to earthquake relief in Indonesia, our employees have never failed to give customers enduring results through superior service and innovation.


To support Strategy & Corporate Development Managers and Directors with strategic and financial analyses for enterprise and business unit strategies, Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) activities, and other departmental initiatives.  This is a Summer Associate position with significant leadership exposure in Caterpillar’s Strategy & Corporate Development group.


JOB DUTIES: The Strategy & Corporate Development Summer Associate will be expected to:

  • Assist in the development of strategic and opportunity analyses for strategy and M&A projects

  • Analyze data, develop appropriate business and financial models, synthesize insights and develop recommendations

  • Drive insights-based conclusions from integrating results from multiple workstreams, and identifying patterns in disparate datasets

  • Gather industry data and competitive information from external sources and internal Caterpillar business units

  • Create reports and presentations as assigned by Strategy & Corporate Development Managers and Directors as necessary

  • Participate in strategy and M&A teams as necessary and manage meeting material as required

  • Have, or be able to quickly develop, an understanding of Caterpillar’s business, practices, systems, and procedures

  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written presentation abilities to communicate complex strategic topics in easy-to-understand ways


The Strategy & Corporate Development Summer Associate will provide strategic and financial analysis support to the team and will primarily be measured through the review of their results and ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment serving internal customers.  This position will demonstrate knowledge of economics, finance and strategic management, have good communication skills, close attention to detail, and good interpersonal skills. 


If you are interested in applying for this position, please attach a copy of your resume to your application.

Required Qualifications:

  • This position requires current enrollment in a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years in management consulting or a strategy related role; finance professionals with strong exposure to strategic decision making (investment banking / management, private equity, etc.) are welcome to apply
  • Good interpersonal skills, self-driven, a global mindset, effective communicator, responsive, and the ability to handle ambiguity

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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Apr 1, 2020


United States