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Caterpillar, Inc. Category Buyer IV in East Peoria, Illinois

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Purchasing & Procurement

Job Description:

Job Title: Category Buyer IV

Location : East Peoria, IL

Relocation/ Sponsorship: Not supported with this role

Who is Caterpillar? What do we do?

Caterpillar is a world leader in construction and mining equipment—creating innovative, cutting-edge products and services that help our customers build the world around us. With that level of impact comes the platform to care for the world, we work in. That’s why we lead sustainable green initiatives to preserve the environment, help reduce poverty with the Caterpillar Foundation and stay involved in the communities we help build.


This position is for a buyer on the E&T Drivetrain purchasing team responsible for the procurement of purchased drivetrain finished machine/rough castings for ferrous and aluminum. Provides purchasing solutions expertise, using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM) to deliver maximum value.


  • Major Role - This role is responsible and accountable for directing the development, and/or communication and implementation of a site, regional, or worldwide 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 purchasing 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 other Buyers, SQEs, and 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 develop and lead 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing teams to fully understand the current performance of the supply base, evaluate strategic options, decide a course of action, and begin implementation

  • The incumbent must also have strong 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


  • Undergraduate degree from a college or university – or minimum of 6yrs equivalent experience.

  • Experience in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, and/or engineering.


  • Previous experience with castings and/or machining is desirable but not a hard requirement

  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible job-related experience

  • 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

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills are required in dealing with sensitive issues, developing others, and reaching consensus on specific actions

  • This individual normally possesses category team or product team experience

  • Functional leadership. Is an exceptional leader, directing teams, suppliers and customers to effective solutions

  • Analytical, problem solving, and project leadership expertise

  • 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.

  • Finely honed negotiation skills, able to interpret, analyze and negotiate contractual cost elements.

  • Understanding of QCLDM.

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.


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

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.