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Caterpillar, Inc. Lean Master Black Belt in Spokane, Washington

Career Area:

Administrative Support

Job Description:

At Caterpillar, we work to help our customers build a better world. Without our team of talented, bright and driven individuals, we wouldn’t be the Caterpillar we are today. Now, this is your chance to join our team and do work that matters. We want you to help us enable customer success, make progress possible around the world and help our communities grow and thrive. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our Product Support & Logistics Division (PSLD).

The Product Support and Logistics Division (PSLD) is one of the most innovative divisions within Caterpillar. In PSLD, as within all of Caterpillar, our priority is our customers and helping them build a better world. We touch nearly every element of the services value stream from procurement to design and manufacturing to distribution. PSLD is responsible for Aftermarket Parts Distribution of Cat Parts, Integrated Logistics, segment Procurement and the design and manufacture of Wear Components (Undercarriage and GET) and Maintenance Components (Seals, Tubes & Hardware, Hose & Couplings, Fluids and Filters).

We’re  committed  to our customers, who build a better world with our products, services and solutions. We understand and show the value of why they should always choose us. We’re exploring new ideas and opportunities –  innovating  to discover the breakthroughs necessary for tomorrow’s growth. 

Through it all, we are one team (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYIDne7Q5ek&list=PLwAXbfivFg0jmiNqqgFLeQJpRB_i-UVln&index=39)  – creating and delivering world-class components and solutions superior to the competition.  Learn more about the Caterpillar Experience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvCYWtWARlk&list=PLwAXbfivFg0jmiNqqgFLeQJpRB_i-UVln&index=25) .

As the Lean Master Black Belt , you will be responsible for leading, coaching, and mentoring teams to improve critical process to achieve business goals. They are skilled in core Lean methodologies and tools such as value stream mapping, value add analysis and problem solving. Working knowledge of 6 Sigma and Lean principles will be key to effectively and efficiently achieving improvement goals. Lean Master Black Belts bring with them broad experience in operations, engineering, transactional and support processes. They will actively support Lean improvement strategies, lead waste elimination projects, and build organizational Lean capabilities. A key focus of the Lean Master Black Belt will be to incorporate automation and digital strategies as part of the business improvement goals. This will include long term vision and strategy for engineering specific value streams that compliments the product or business vision and strategy. This position will be recognized as a company expert in the automation and digital field and may have gained some recognition outside the company.


  • Lead and support sustainable process improvement by diagnosing complex business problems and providing recommended treatment plans to deliver process improvements through the implementation of Lean Principles

  • Will concentrate on the facilitation and governing of the digital and automation portfolio for the Wear Components facilities, including helping to develop budgets and timelines for complex automation and digital projects

  • Provide cross-functional technical expertise to functional teams in the deployment of Lean to drive process transformation aligned with business improvement strategies

  • Provide supplemental coaching and support to fully engage the team in driving the needed cultural changes to achieve sustainable Lean capabilities in pursuit of business objectives

  • May be required to coach, teach, and develop others to use the tools and methodologies of Lean in order to drive sustained Continuous Improvement

  • Build and maintain strong credibility by building and maintaining positive relationships

  • Influence senior leaders by making a creditable case for change based on their experience and Lean technical capabilities

  • Other duties as assigned by Caterpillar management from time-to-time

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Engineering or Business

  • Previous team leadership experience

  • 5-10 years of experience in leading and supporting Lean continuous improvement methodologies

  • Previous experience as a 6 Sigma/CPS/Lean Black Belt

  • Solid project management skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Previous experience with the implementation of automation systems and digital applications in a manufacturing environment

Top Candidates will also have:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business

  • Experience leading a global team

  • Experience in strategy development and deployment with a record of strong execution

  • Previous experience as a 6 Sigma/CPS/Lean Master Black Belt

  • Cross-functional knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Manufacturing/Operations

  • Supply Chain

  • Quality Engineering

  • Finance/Accounting

  • Human Resources

  • Information Technology

  • Sales and Marketing

Additional Information:

  • This position may require up to 50% both domestic and international travel

  • This position does offer relocation


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 www.Caterpillar.com/careers .

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