Career Area:Purchasing & Procurement
Major Role: - This role is responsible and accountable for the development, and/or communication and implementation of a local or regional sourcing strategy. Responsible for managing policies, agreements, source catalogs, and special purchasing programs; and supporting specific Product line(s) NPI programs. Accountable for the liaison with the corresponding Category/Platform based Buyers.
Leadership - Provide leadership for sourcing, logistics and resource management decisions. Lead continuous improvement initiatives and new product introduction activities within Purchasing. 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. Mentor and develop Purchasing Analysts (where assigned). Promote the highest level of professionalism and business ethics.
Strategy- Tools and Techniques of 6 Sigma will be required and may be attained by Black Belt, Green Belt, Project Sponsor, or other 6 Sigma related training programs. The incumbent will actively participate on 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing teams to develop an understanding of the current performance of the supply base, evaluate strategic options, decide a course of action, and begin implementation. The incumbent will also develop knowledge of the product, NPI, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Category Strategies.
Customers - The role will encompass managing suppliers delivering into many Caterpillar facilities. Typical internal customers include contacts at all organization levels, worldwide. The incumbent solves problems by determining the best course of action, within departmental guidelines, from many existing solutions. The role will identify and satisfy Critical Customer Requirements (CCR), managing Product expectations for Global Purchasing to deliver benefits required to sustain a competitive advantage.
Supplier Development: - Collaborate with Supplier Development Engineers, to ensure continuous improvement in QCLDM with key suppliers. Build and foster mutually beneficial supplier relationships at all organizational levels.
The position requires an undergraduate degree from a college or university – or equivalent experience.
Well-developed interpersonal skills are required in dealing with sensitive issues, developing others, and reaching consensus on specific actions
Functional leadership. Capable of 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 and preferred other languages.
Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles as applied by Caterpillar and our suppliers.
Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).
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