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Category Buyer II

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Location: Mossville, IL, United States
Date Posted: Nov 1, 2020

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What matters most to you?  Is it being 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 Energy & Transportation purchasing organization currently has an opening for a Category Buyer in our Mossville, Illinois facility or Seguin, Texas facility.  As a category buyer within the Machined Casting Team, you will provide purchasing solutions expertise using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management (QCLDM) to deliver maximum customer value.

  • Serve as the primary contact between Caterpillar and the supply base for global initiatives providing support to various business units including E&T as well as other verticals.

  • Provide leadership for strategic sourcing -qualified supply network, business continuity, supplier risk management – capacity & financial, logistics, contract management, supplier commercial negotiations, cost/spend management – TCA assurance, supplier on boarding/off boarding, lead/response time optimization and resource management decisions.

  • Accountable for the complete commercial relationship with the supplier including but not limited to Supplier Relationship Mgmt., Supplier Performance Mgmt., Cost Mgmt., Risk Mgmt., and Category Network Mgmt.

  • Responsible for all commercial discussions/negotiations with the supply base.

  • Responsible for development, management and execution of the global category strategy managing policies, agreements, source catalogs, and special procurement programs.

  • Demonstrate leadership in recognizing the potential for cost and inventory reductions, and quality improvement; as well as responsibility for soundness of business proposals and risk assessment.

  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives and purchasing new product introduction activities.

  • Promote the highest level of professionalism and business ethics.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree from a college or university or minimum 3 years experience as a commercial buyer.

  • Experience working with procurement systems (Lognet or equivalent)

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

Top Candidates Will Also Have:
  • Experience is preferred in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, and/or engineering.  

  • This individual normally possesses foundry and/or machining category experience.

  • Professional certification in Purchasing and/or Inventory Management preferred, e.g.; Certified

    Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified in Production and Inventory management (CPIM) and Certified in Integration Resource Management (CIRM), or comparable international certification. 

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills are required in dealing with sensitive issues, developing others, and reaching consensus on specific actions.  

  • Ability to leading teams, suppliers and customers to effective solutions.

  • Analytical, problem solving, and project leadership skill.

  • Effective communicator, in written and oral form. Fluent in the English language. 

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles as applied by Caterpillar and our suppliers.

  • Strong Negotiator, able to interpret, analyze and negotiate contractual cost elements. Understanding of QCLDM.

Additional Information:
  • The location for this position is Mossville, Illinois 
  • Relocation assistance is available for this position
  • This positing will close Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:59 CST PM

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.  As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at 

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

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Nov 1, 2020


United States