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Supplier Development Engineer

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Location: Victoria, TX, United States
Date Posted: Oct 29, 2020

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As a company, Caterpillar takes on every challenge that faces us, just as we have throughout our history. We will continue to lead in our industries because of employees like you. You’re here on purpose, with a purpose. Your work builds a better world. What you build matters.  

If this sounds good to you, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join Caterpillar as a Supply Development Engineer in our Construction Industries Procurement Division supporting our Excavation Division facilities.   In this role you will get the opportunity to provide technical expertise and leadership to Caterpillar’s supply base in the execution of a robust quality plan within the supplier network.  You will implement a well-documented continuous quality improvement process and strict process controls used to evaluate and develop new and existing suppliers worldwide, to maximizing Quality, Cost, Logistics, Delivery, and Management (QCLDM) within the supply network. To ensure that a supplier is able to meet corporate and Excavation Division requirements for SQEP certification levels and customer requirements for quality, cost, and delivery of purchased material.

Specifically, in this role, you can expect to:
  • Serve as the trusted advisor for assigned supply base through the following functional responsibilities: 
    • Assess potential suppliers via on-site Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM) audits, driving implementation of Lean, BIQ, & APQP, continuously reviewing supplier capacity, assuring production readiness through rigorous review of supplier PPAP submission, being recognized as the expert in supplier quality.
    • Collaborate with suppliers to assure proper process control standards are in place and continuously monitor key manufacturing processes for improvement opportunities. 
    • Ensure that suppliers have adequate people, training, tooling, fixture, and equipment.
    • Provide technical support during start-up activities and provide ongoing strategic support. 
    • Monitor suppliers’ adherence to PCN (Process Change Notification) on a timely and cost-effective basis as well as to develop the supply base to fulfill the total requirements from Caterpillar Production System (CPS) implementation.
  • Provide a technical leadership role as QCLDM champion for suppliers and assure technical development to adequately meet qualified supply network strategies.
  • Support Category Strategies, supplier development & performance management and provide technical leadership in new supplier selection. 
  • Evaluate and develop new supplier’s technological capability to meet requirements for Caterpillar Inc.
  • Be responsible for the supplier’s processes from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave). 
  • Ensure that APQP activities related to process control are being performed by the supplier. 
  • Manage supplier project plans and activities to ensure product meets Caterpillar expectations.   
  • Reviews APQP documentation (e.g., Process FMEA {failure mode & effects analysis}, Process Control Plans, Gage R&R {repeatability & reproducibility}).
  • Participate in process FMEA for suppliers’ manufacturing processes.  Audits process control implementation and effectiveness. Validates process capability. Ensures PPAP completion and approval prior to delivery of new parts.
  • Review, approval and validation of 8D permanent corrective action plans.
  • Perform quality management system audits and Supplier Evaluation Surveys (SES), including assessments of potential new suppliers.  Supports SPQ projects.
  • Participate in the development of Supplier quality metrics.  Participates in Supplier Performance Management Reviews (SPM).
  • Supports MQ11005 certification and Caterpillar 6 Sigma initiatives with suppliers.
  • Works with suppliers to reduce waste and improve supplier process capability and efficiency.  


To be successful in this role, you must bring (Basic Qualifications):

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in engineering, or equivalent relevant experience (4 years), preferably in engineering.
  • At least 3 (three) years of job-related experience in engineering or manufacturing plus familiarity with manufacturing processes like those used to produce components and assemblies for Caterpillar Products. 
  • Knowledge of shop operations and maintenance procedures is required. 

Top candidates will also bring:

  • Knowledge of the tools and techniques of 6 Sigma methodology or the willingness to attain through completion of Green Belt training and/or other 6 Sigma experience within the first year.
  • Quality Engineering certification
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

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


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

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Oct 29, 2020


United States