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Purchasing & Procurement

Category Buyer I

Location Chillicothe, Illinois, United States of America / Seguin, Texas, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000113227

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!


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.

  • 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.

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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