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Caterpillar, Inc. Global Procurement Director in Chicago, Illinois

Career Area:

Purchasing & Procurement

Job Description:

About Us:

For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.

With 97,300 employees and 2020 sales and revenues of $41.7 billion, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Our company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

We are a Fortune 100 corporation with 110 production facilities of which 60 are located outside the US, and we have 165 dealers serving customers in 191 countries . In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), including both the World and North America indices. This marks the 20th time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI.

For more information, visit www.cat.com and www.caterpillar.com .

The Position:

The Global Procurement Director (internally labeled as Global Procurement Manager I) is managing strategic synergies by developing deep expertise and leading a global diverse team of 6-7 Category Managers to create & sustain a high-performing global supply network that leverages the Procurement Classification Codes (PCC).

Job Duties:

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Director in developing, implementing and communicating the division-wide Global Supply Network Strategies.

  • Leading the development and implementation of the supply network strategy for their specific categories, ensuring they follow the 7 Step Category Strategy process, 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing process, to include the use of QCLDM (Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management) Total Cost of Supply methodologies.

  • Having the ability to adapt in a timely fashion to a changing business climate in order to successfully execute to a diverse range of enterprise initiatives. Selecting and developing personnel that are accountable of delivering the divisional strategies.

  • Owning the supplier relationship management for their specific categories at an executive leadership level. Managing a high performing global team reporting directly to this position are Global Category Procurement Managers Delivering Global Leverage and supply network market knowledge for a grouping of similar categories creating increased value while mitigating risk to the enterprise.

  • Plan, organize, staff, direct, and control the course of supply network strategies within assigned categories for Caterpillar worldwide. Serving as the industry expert for particular categories. Understanding customer needs to ensure the most value-added relationships.

  • Developing, mentoring, and training personnel capable of delivering the Global Supply Network strategy for their assigned categories. Adhering to the approved Performance Management Plan. Identifying performance gaps within the supply base and develop improvement plans for the gaps. Maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards within this diverse global organization and recognize employee excellence.

  • Participating in the development of the negotiating strategy. Establishing performance management criteria for the categories and suppliers. Establishing global category priorities based on benefits opportunities.

  • Ensuring conformance and compliance with all major certifying agencies both internal and external to Caterpillar. This includes both certification as well as auditing disciplines.

  • Developing, implementing and negotiating an overall budget that supports the needs of the dept., including accountability for service charge negotiation, performance vs. budget and any other service charge or departmental expense issues.Supporting the specific category worldwide, ensuring the highest levels of integrity and consistency in systems, processes, policies, and practices.

  • Negotiating and providing leadership for executive level strategic agreements.

  • Managing a group of supply networks delivering into many Caterpillar facilities.

  • Strong communication skills in keeping the customer fully informed of progress and working closely with the customer to ensure all requirements are met.

  • Travel 25% Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, ideally in Business, Engineering or related field

  • 15+ years of progressively responsible job-related experience.

  • Excellent executive communications skills

  • Leading collaboration and supplier relationship with global executive leadership team

  • Experienced fact-based negotiation skill and high business Acumen knowledge

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of the governmental, environmental, political, and geographic factors that influence a supply base.

  • Extensive global sourcing knowledge required.

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Top candidates will have good knowledge and exposure on worldwide steel industry

  • MBA or Master’s degree preferred

  • 3+ years at the mid-senior management level.

  • Experience in other disciplines is recommended.

  • Previous assignments in multiple countries

  • Multiple language experience

  • CPIM and CIRM, or comparable certification, preferred. Affiliation with NAPM/ISM and APICS, or comparable professional purchasing organization, preferred.

The position is located in Mossville/Peoria, Chicago, IL or Dallas, TX . Relocation assistance will be provided to those that are eligible.

Additional Information:

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, 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 .

Caterpillar is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.

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.

Successful candidates will be asked to formally apply via the Caterpillars Careers website http://www.caterpillar.com/careers/ when the position is publicly posted.

Relocation is available for this position.

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.