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Purchasing & Procurement

Supplier Development Engineer III

Location Chillicothe, Illinois, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000096073

Career Area:

Purchasing & Procurement

Job Description:


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!

Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation Purchasing department has an exciting opportunity for a Supplier Development Engineer.  In this role, you will provide technical expertise and leadership to Caterpillar’s supply base in the execution of a robust quality plan within the suppler network. In addition, to implement a well-documented continuous quality improvement process and strict process controls. This will be used for the evaluation and development of 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 business unit requirements for SQEP certification levels and customer requirements for quality, cost, and delivery of purchased material. .


The primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the trusted advisor for assigned supply base through the following functional responsibilities: Assessing 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, fixturing, and equipment. Provide technical support during start-up activities and provide ongoing strategic support. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring 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.

The SDE is responsible for the supplier’s processes from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave). Ensures that APQP activities related to process control are being performed by the supplier. Manages supplier’s 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}). Participates 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.

Responsible for the review, approval and validation of 8D permanent corrective action plans. Performs quality management system audits and Supplier Evaluation Surveys (SES), including assessments of potential new suppliers. Supports SPQ projects. Participates in the development of Supplier quality metrics. Participates in Supplier Performance Management Reviews (SPM).

The SDE supports MQ11005 certification. Supports Caterpillar 6 Sigma initiatives with suppliers. Works with suppliers to reduce waste and improve supplier process capability and efficiency. Not responsible for supply chain expediting activities. Not responsible for reporting activities in Workflow.

Develop and maintain thorough knowledge of technological developments and trends for guidance of commodity teams in advancements of design, quality, and manufacturing. Must have a thorough working knowledge of quality initiatives to ensure that Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is completed and approved before new parts are delivered. This includes leadership in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activity.

Provide resolution and ensure implementation of robust solutions for quality problems associated with the purchased materials, logistics, and engineering issues. Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards within this diverse global organization.

Supports and participates in 6 Sigma initiatives with facilities, category teams, and suppliers. The incumbent will collaborate with Buyers to improve supplier cost, quality, and throughput.

The position manages the completion of its own work assignments and coordinates work with others.

Participate in the development of Supplier metrics and the monthly gathering and distribution of measurements. Resolve problems between supplier and plants, suppliers and engineering personnel, and between facilities.

Coordinate with engineering personnel on matters regarding Concurrent Product and Process Development (CPPD), New Product Introduction (NPI), Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) teams; prove design to production, engineering changes, deviations, supplier designs, specification approvals, meeting cost reduction goals, and participates in the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) process with suppliers manufacturing processes.

This position typically does not have any direct reports. Some travel is required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree –preferably in Engineering or Business Administration or Supply Chain.

  • Three to five years of job-related experience

  • The position requires an engineering or manufacturing background plus familiarity with manufacturing processes used to produce components and assemblies for Caterpillar Products.

  • Solid ability to use and demonstrate statistical and problem-solving tools is required.

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Knowledge of the tools and techniques of 6 Sigma methodology is highly desired and will likely be attained through prior completion of Green Belt training and/or other 6 Sigma experience.

  • Quality engineering certification is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of shop operations and maintenance procedures highly desire

  • Good human relation/communication skills as well as possess the potential for leadership is required to develop a cooperative working relationships with others both inside and outside of Caterpillar.

  • American Supply Quality (ASQ) quality certification is desired

Relocation assistance is not available for this position.  Any relocation costs incurred would be the responsibility of the selected applicant. 

 This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to 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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