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Engineering Project Coordinator

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Location: Shrewsbury, SHR, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Oct 5, 2020

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Job Title: Engineering Project Coordinator

Salary:  £26,683.20
Location: Shrewsbury       
Benefits:  25 days annual leave, 4% bonus

Working hours: 37hours per week

Relocation/ Sponsorship: Not Supported with this role


Flexible working arrangements will be considered for this role, in-line with the needs of the business. 


An Engineering Project Coordinator position has become available within the Engineering Team at Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd. This is an excellent opportunity to work within global Product Development Project Teams. It is a key position working with multi-functional teams across the Caterpillar Enterprise.


Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd specialise in the design, development, manufacture & remanufacture of heavy-duty diesel engine and powertrain products for a variety of specialist applications, from locomotives to main battle tanks.


The Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd product portfolio consists of Components, Engines, Transmissions and Powerpacks, both as new and remanufactured units. Caterpillar Shrewsbury have a wide range of Customers in the UK, and across all other continents.


The Engineering Project Coordinator at Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd will be expected to assist the Engineering and NPI Project Team Leaders to execute projects on time by:

  • Assisting in the upfront profiling of projects by providing cost estimates for parts and services based on previous projects and/or experience;
  • Facilitating the procurement, storage and delivery of parts required for Business Unit focused Product Development Projects. This will be achieved by working with the Facility Procurement, Supply Chain, Machining, Quality and Logistics functions in order to ensure the parts required are received to the correct quality in the most cost-effective way at the right time for successful project execution;
  • Maintaining the mechanisms by which we monitor actual and forecast project costs for labour, services & material (for example, ETRS, Spend Profiles, Timecard Database etc.) 

The timeliness and value of the introduction of engineering solutions and new products is intrinsically linked to our growth and sustainability, therefore it is a vital part of the Shrewsbury site, so success is measured via key site metrics.

Key Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting the project profiling process with providing estimates of lead times and costs for both current stock parts and new design components / assemblies. This requires liaison with Prove Design (US) and Global Purchase (UK based).
  • Liaising with Prove Design Team in the US, the Facility Purchase Team and In-House Machining Team to ensure parts and services are available at point of use to the required timescales and budget to meet NPI & Engineering project milestones. This can include both prototype parts, and parts required for test purposes only (for example, modified existing components, instrumentation, rigging kits etc.). It can also include services such as cold test facilities, rig testing by external partners, engineering support from third parties (universities, sub-contractors etc.).
  • Ensuring timeliness of any inspection requirements for new / modified components and/or services to assist in the above deliverable. This will require efficient liaison with facility inspection teams.
  • Tracking components and/or services from request to point of use utilising existing systems and processes, initiating and implementing alternative plans or improvement processes as necessary to ensure timeliness of delivery (includes Government Furnished Equipment, GFE).
  • Updating relevant systems to provide real time parts availability data.
  • Creating monthly reports per project regarding actual and forecast costs for services & material to advise status and (if applicable) recovery actions to be taken. This requires effective liaison with Product Design, Goods Inwards, Inspection & Stores Teams.
  • Resolving any invoice grief raised on requested parts and/or services in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring accurate tracking of any GFE supplied for project use, and to ensure it is returned to the owner at the end of the project.
  • Ensuring prototype stores inventory accuracy is maintained at class A standards, initiating and implementing improvement processes as necessary to ensure accuracy. Ensuring independent stock checks are completed to required schedules. Ensuring material is stored under correct conditions and stock rotation is used to ensure material is used in date order.
  • Upon completion of a programme, work with the wider NPI Team and Engineers to ensure all surplus material is appropriately handled (e.g. allocated to production, scrapped, stored or sold), utilising the correct procedures for each type of transaction (this applies to all locations where prototype components and/or equipment is stored).
  • Liaison with Global Teams to ensure correct labelling of prototype engines (includes ensuring systems are updated with conversion information and correct labels are printed prior to despatch).
  • Ensure safety is priority when storing and accessing parts (both internally and externally).
  • Proactively reviewing current processes to continuously improve efficiency, proposing and managing the implementation of improvement initiatives as required.


Candidates will have gained the following skills and experience through previous roles: 

  • Experience of interpreting engineering drawings to aid discussions into where items should be manufactured and providing cost estimates during the profiling process.
  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively with diverse team members
  • An excellent foundation in PC skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Prior experience of operating within an Engineering / Technical environment
  • Numerical aptitude with the ability to learn
  • Ability to promote creative problem solving within self and others whilst maintaining process control
  • Proactively looks to improve processes with a lean mindset
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to succeed in an expanding role 

Candidates may have gained the following skills and experience through previous roles: 

  • Knowledge of QAD-EE (including sales order inputs, purchase requisition process, inventory analysis, price checks etc.)
  • Experience of providing cost estimates for new design components
  • Military and Remanufacturing business / product knowledge
  • Understanding of the goods inwards & inspection processes, including how to request support.
  • Experience of using material handling equipment. 

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

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

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Oct 5, 2020


United Kingdom