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Caterpillar, Inc. Category Buyer in Thiruvallur, India

Career Area:


Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Role Definition

Provides supply network solutions expertise, using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, and Management (QCLDM) to deliver maximum value.


• Developing, managing and executing the category strategy managing policies, agreements, source catalogs, and special procurement programs.

• Recognizing the potential for cost decreases, inventory reductions and quality improvement, as well as responsibility for soundness of business proposals and risk assessment.

• Acting as the liaison between the organization and the supplier to communicate information explicitly, while considering production demands and suppliers' conditions.

• Documenting the suppliers' performance on time sensitiveness and production; maintains a strong relationship with suppliers.

Degree Requirement

Engineering Degree or 6-8 years' equivalent Qualification desired

Skill Descriptors

Data Analytics : Knowledge of techniques and processes for inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data; ability to discover useful information, draw logical conclusions, and support decision-making.

Level Working Knowledge:

• Collects required data through various data sources and documents them for evaluating trends and activities.

• Assists in preparing charts, graphs, tables, and other tools to represent the results obtained from data analysis.

• Researches business-related data, analyzes, interprets, and presents findings to management.

• Recognizes and assesses problems, opportunities, and methods for improving existing business performance.

• Utilizes designated data analysis software to analyze the data.

Effective Communications : Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.

Level Working Knowledge:

• Delivers helpful feedback that focuses on behaviors without offending the recipient.

• Listens to feedback without defensiveness and uses it for own communication effectiveness.

• Makes oral presentations and writes reports needed for own work.

• Avoids technical jargon when inappropriate.

• Looks for and considers non-verbal cues from individuals and groups.

Interpersonal Relationships : Knowledge of the techniques and the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.

Level Working Knowledge:

• Explains impact of interactions with individuals and groups.

• Identifies roles and responsibilities for self and others.

• Demonstrates an understanding of alternative points of view.

• Collaborates with departmental associates and management.

• Adapts interaction style to situations and people.

Negotiating : Knowledge of successful negotiation concepts and techniques; ability to negotiate successfully across the organization and with external vendors and clients in a constructive and collaborative manner.

Level Basic Understanding:

• Describes qualities of effective and ineffective negotiations.

• Explains the basic concepts of negotiating.

• Accesses organizational policies and practices for negotiating.

• Utilizes techniques for establishing rapport and building trust.

Contracts Management and Administration: Knowledge of policies, standards and processes of how to manage and administer contracts; ability to use proper processes and practices for managing and administering a variety of contractual agreements.

Level Basic Understanding:

• Explains the responsibilities of the contracts administration function.

• Describes basic concepts and activities of managing existing contracts.

• Discusses organizational protocols, standards, and procedures for contracts management and administration.

• Identifies and interprets regular contracts administration reports.

Purchasing Tasks and Activities: Knowledge of policies, regulations and processes of purchasing; ability to use practices and procedures for procurement of materials, components, equipment and services.

Level Working Knowledge:

• Records documents of purchasing tasks and activities, such as orders, bidding.

• Uses available procurement systems and tools.

• Ensures compliance with procurement regulations and contract specifications.

• Works with basic purchasing related tasks and activities.

• Adheres to various requirements and steps of the procurement process.

Supplier Relationship Management: Knowledge of supplier relationship management concept and strategies; ability to address critical issues to meet supplier needs and maintain engaged, partnering relationship with suppliers.

Level Basic Understanding:

• Describes the general processes and procedures involved in supplier relationship management.

• Explains the benefits of establishing and maintaining supplier relationships.

• Identifies the main objectives and functions of supplier relationship management.

• Locates where and how to obtain or maintain information on suppliers.

Strategic Sourcing: Knowledge of strategic sourcing methods, technologies and processes; ability to analyze, improve and re-evaluate organizational procurement process continuously.

Level Basic Understanding:

• Describes where and how to obtain more information regarding strategic sourcing.

• Cites specific examples of usage or application of strategic sourcing.

• Explains key concepts and steps of strategic sourcing.

• Identifies major initiatives, key issues and benefits of strategic sourcing.

Location : Thiruvallur India.

Travel : This position requires 25% travel as part of Job role.

The Power of Everyone (https://www.caterpillar.com/en/careers/why-caterpillar/diversity-inclusion.html)

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

Employee benefit details

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 wage, because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits along with the potential of a variable bonus.

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

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

Caterpillar offers many job opportunities which can be found through our employment website at www.Caterpillar.com/Careers .

Posting Dates:

February 13, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

Not ready to apply? Join our Talent Community (http://flows.beamery.com/caterpillarinc/talcom) .

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.