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Purchasing & Procurement
JOB PURPOSE: To supervise the material planning and functions for the facility, ensuring material availability and POU availability and drive disciplined inventory systems usage and collaboration with material suppliers.
Direct Reports Include: Material Planning Team Leads and Material Planning Analysts
Plans and directs the material planning and material logistic functions to meet the facility plan objectives and satisfy customer needs. Interfaces with Operations, Business Resources, Global Purchasing, Suppliers, Logistics, Engineering and worldwide Cat facilities.
Plans, initiates, and maintains a material procurement process that establishes and achieves the least total cost, best quality and timely delivery for facility material purchases from internal/external suppliers. Includes managing inventory and record accuracy through monitoring shortage / surplus exception, supplier follow ups, negative on-hands and daily delivery performance.
Develops and directs internal/external material flow planning involving multiple facilities or extremely complex material flow plans. Implements complex supplier and interplant material supply plans. Meets production and parts requirements while optimizing inventory levels, lot sizing, lead times, packaging, and transportation costs. Works directly with facility Supply Chain Planning Engineers to create the plan for every part. Incumbent provides leadership and integration support in the development of material logistics plans, working closely with multiple supply chain functions, including supply chain planning, supply chain performance, logistics and operations. Incumbent acts as liaison between external suppliers, supply chain performance and supply chain planning to drive optimized flow plans and to support increased material velocity. Provides direct support to manufacturing operations through managing incoming requirements and scheduling of production work orders. Acts as a subject matter expert to support facility Sales and Operations Planning, and actively participates in facility Sales and Operations planning.
Leads projects driving the implementation of improved supply-base management. Provides high level of supplier relationship management leadership. Leads facility projects that identify and implement methods to assure suppliers are meeting Caterpillar’s technological, communication, material delivery, financial management, and quality needs. Leads project teams implementing supplier-quality improvement efforts, Six Sigma projects and Lean Events as required.
Selects, trains and assists direct reports while providing career guidance and opportunity for added experience and training. Supervises Supply Chain Development program participants, ensuring a robust developmental experience in alignment with the standard rotation requirements. Develops staff skills by focusing on evaluative / analytical thinking, innovative approaches to problem solving and team building. The position is responsible for all personnel issues and performance evaluation of direct reports.
Minimal Travel Required
POSITION IMPACTS: Incumbent is responsible to achieve PQVC targets across Inventory Level / Turns, point of use availability, inventory record accuracy, freight and scrap budget compliance.
Completion of Caterpillar Leadership training
Knowledge / understanding of 6 Sigma project Management principles
CPS Functional Job Role Qualified
APICS CPIM or CSPC National Certification highly desired
Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to develop and deploy creative / original solutions to very complex problems
Thorough understanding of company policies and procedures
Solid product knowledge
College or university degree related to Supply Chain, or equivalent experience, is required.
Advanced interpersonal, negotiation, communication and leadership skills
Able to work independently with minimal direction
Advanced understanding of supply base utilization
Advanced knowledge and experience in production scheduling and capacity management
Ability to use and troubleshoot the MRP, Lognet and MTS systems
Experience in Material Planning and 6 Sigma is highly desired
Minimum of ten years of increasing responsible supply chain experience
Knowledge and/or experience in material planning / control, purchasing, parts distribution, inventory control, manufacturing engineering, operations and transportation or logistics
Relocation is available for this position.
Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).
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