As an Ocean Transportation Buyer, you will procure
transportation services for all ocean transportation
modes (RoRo/Breakbulk, Container) and specific project cargo flows for
Caterpillar’s material and prime product export and EAME
region flows. Scope includes transportation of goods for all
Caterpillar dealers and facilities, including subsidiaries,
affiliates, and distribution centers. This role you will also work closely with our Strategic
Planning & Control (SP&C) division and lead specific global projects.
Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Establish carrier selection criteria
that consider economic situation, market trends, carrier capabilities and financial
health as well as Caterpillar's strategic direction and business needs.
Track market rates continuously and
develop a deep understanding of key long-term rate drivers for multiple
transportation modes, regionally and internationally.
Negotiate contracts that outline
business requirements, performance standards, rates and service level
Track service performance to ensure it
meets business needs and that selected Carriers continuously improve their
service. Drive root cause and corrective action with Carriers in case of
Lead Logistics Procurement management of Transformation Projects to
Reduce Logistics Services and Packaging Costs
Manage department-wide projects and drive execution to
accomplish division level goals
Work with Legal Services to ensure that
all necessary, terms, conditions and clauses are included in carrier
* Strong knowledge of transportation
market; cost drivers, trade imbalances, service coverage and capabilities of
* College or university degree,
preferably in logistics
* Six to eight years of progressive
job-related experience as a buyer or manager of freight in a pan-European
*Excellent knowledge of purchasing
practices and principles, rate structures and market rate trends of freight
* Understanding of material planning and
control, purchasing and inventory control preferably in inbound to
* Experience leading transformative
projects in the Supply Chain and Logistics areas.
* Excellent interpersonal and negotiation
* Experience with data visualization
tools such as PowerBI or Tableau
* Good communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills.
Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)
EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.