Career Area:Purchasing & Procurement
JOB PURPOSE: To provide procurement support to supervisors and manager on all purchasing, logistics and material related matters.
JOB RELATED STATISTICS:
Annual Purchases:$15-30 Million
JOB DUTIES: Provides support to Commodity Buyers and Procurement Manager on all purchasing, logistics and material related matters. This includes long term planning with suppliers on a worldwide basis (supplier alliance), participating as a member/leader of commodity teams, Business Teams, Cost Owner Teams, analyzing/resolving quality problems (internal/external, inbound/outbound), interfacing with corporate and other facilities on matters related to computer systems, providing guidance and support for salaried and hourly personnel.
Researches information and develops long term business plans with suppliers based on price, delivery and quality. Studies and evaluates recommendations on such things as shrinking supplier base, working with suppliers on improving their manufacturability, reviewing supplier history and recommending improvements, etc. Provides feedback to Commodity Buyers and Procurement Manager who are responsible for price negotiations with supplier and ultimate negotiation of contract.
Provides leadership and training for material planning, demand management and engineering change/releasing implementation. Provides technical support, interpretation of statistics, etc.
Develops and implements plans to reduce costs including purchased, worked and delivered material. Studies and makes recommendations on reducing inventory levels. Contributes to increased efficiency of procurement activities by recommending improved tools and processes and works with Information Services on system changes/ enhancements.
Incumbent participates in the NPI process and makes recommendations on when new product should be introduced, what changes can be made to existing or new product being designed to lower costs, ways to increase quality and responsiveness to customers, etc. Develops common objectives supporting Product Group cost, quality and on-time introduction of NPI
Provides supervisory responsibilities in absence of Procurement Supervisors.
BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE: Requires knowledge of and previous experience in logistics and purchasing activities. Must have knowledge of corporate/division policies and procedures and the various systems involved. Must have good team participation skills and communication skills.
Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).
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