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Purchasing & Procurement

Regional Category Manager

Location Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000158638

Career Area:

Purchasing & Procurement

Job Description:

As a Regional Category Manager, you will execute a regional fabrication category strategy that is aligned with the global category plan and Earthmoving division (EMD) product needs. Work with the regional supply base to identify performance gaps based on specific metrics/targets established from the Product and Facility supply organization based on collaboration with the Category to develop improvement plans.  In addition, they will be the recognized experts for his or her assigned category in region, while driving performance excellence in Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management (QCLDM) in region.  All activities must be aligned to the global category strategies. Reports to global procurement manager of EMD fabrications.

Specifically, as the Regional Category Manager, you can expect to:

Execute a regional fabrication category strategy that is aligned with the global category plan and EMD product needs. Work with the regional supply base to identify performance gaps based on specific metrics/targets established from the Product and Facility supply organization based on collaboration with the Category to develop improvement plans. In addition, they will be the recognized experts for his or her assigned category in region, while driving performance excellence in Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management (QCLDM) in region. All activities must be aligned to the global category strategies.

People: - This person will manage a high performing team of purchasing professionals who will develop and ensure the supplier base is capable of meeting the specific product Quality, Cost, Logistics, Delivery, Management (QCLDM) requirements. Reporting directly to this position are Category Managers with teams having the following: Procurement Supervisors, Buyers, Supplier Development Engineers, and/or Supply Network Analysts.

Leadership – Develop, mentor, and train personnel capable of delivering the regional supplier strategy for the fabrication category that is aligned with the overall global supplier strategy. Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards within this diverse global organization and recognize employee excellence.

Strategy - Through a strong knowledge of the product, NPI, and category strategies the incumbent will sponsor, support and participate in both the category and divisional initiatives. Use QCLDM to manage regional suppliers and subcontractors in agreement with Global Category organization. Lead teams to fully understand the requirements and performance of the supply base.

To be successful in this role, you must bring (Basic Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of progressively responsible job-related experience in supply chain, logistics, and/or procurement
  • Incumbent must have well-developed communication and negotiation skills

Top candidates will also bring:

  • Earthmoving related experience preferred, primarily in fabrications, castings, forgings, and work tools.
  • Able to acquire an understanding of governmental, environmental, political, and geographic factors that influence a supply base.
  • Professional certification in Purchasing and/or Inventory Management preferred, e.g.; Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integration Resource Management (CIRM), or comparable international certification is preferred.
  • Affiliation with Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), or comparable professional purchasing organization, preferred.
  • Previous 6 Sigma Greenbelt/Black Belt experience preferred
  • Familiar with lean manufacturing, and an understanding of lean principles is preferred
  • Experience with the New Product Introduction (NPI) process experience preferred

Additional Details:

  • This position is remote within the U.S., with a preferred location of Illinois
  • This position would ideally be located in Illinois; however open to considering other Caterpillar Earthmoving facilities within the U.S. Earthmoving locations include (Aurora, IL; Decatur, IL; Minneapolis, MN; North Little Rock, AR; & East Peoria, IL)
  • 30% of travel is expected
  • ISE assignment is not available for this position 

How We Support You (Employee Benefits):

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary, because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits [medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401(k)] along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

The Power of Everyone :

At Caterpillar, we believe each person is unique and valued, and are committed to ensuring that our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe. Different perspectives help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high-performing Caterpillar team that makes positive changes in the communities where we live and work.

Learn about Caterpillar at www.caterpillar.com

Final details:

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This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a 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 www.Caterpillar.com/Careers

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EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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