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Supplier Collaboration Engineer

Decatur, IL, United States

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Aug 01, 2020

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Since 1925, Caterpillar Inc. has been helping our customers build a better world - making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent.
With 2019 sales and revenues of $53.8 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
Services offered throughout the product life cycle, cutting-edge technology and decades of product expertise set Caterpillar apart, providing exceptional value to help our customers succeed.
The company principally operates through three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries, and Energy & Transportation - and provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.
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Theposition of Supplier Collaboration Engineer will be the leader and keycommunicator for various
CollaborativeProduct and Process Development teams to interface with Suppliers and Procurement to ensureearly supplier collaboration on design for manufacturability, assembly and costs as well as adherenceto APQP guidelines.
The Position leads Cost Modeling activities that supportthe setting of TargetCosts and managing product cost to achieve target while optimizing value.
Additional functional responsibilitiesinclude : supplier selection at a part- number level aligned to categorystrategies, supplier toolingvalidation & management, design for X elements & provide PFEPrequirements to deliver on engineeredvalue chains.
Thisposition has no direct reports.
Afocus of this position is the development of detailed component cost models andhigh level cost estimates in both the NPI and Current product arena.
Thisposition will also provide cost reports as necessary to support the assignedproject and programs.
Thisrole is accountable to meet product cost, quality and time targets in theproduct- life cycle including NPI through supplier collaboration at a partnumber level for their respective components, systems and / or categories(specify total cost management to include Ex- works, packaging &logistics).
Theposition will lead a cross functional team in trade off discussions to balanceperformance, quality, velocity, and cost that provides work direction to CostModelers to develop detail process based cost models.
The Incumbent isresponsible to lead cross-functional teams (employees from quality, service, design,manufacturing, etc).
Thegoal for this position is to lead the team through identifying costopportunities, identifying requirements of a part(s) for each area andultimately leading the team to meet their individual area requirements withinthe cost target.
Leading these discussions and projects will be difficult innature due to the multiple trade offs (negotiations / compromises) each areawill need to make to achieve the quality and cost goals.
Completed cost modelsand expert guidance will be used to identify cost reduction opportunities forsubsequent delivery through the Strategic Cost Management, Purchase or NPIteams in the form of negotiation, resource or design change.
Thisposition leads the cross functional team to a solution that meets multipleobjectives and balance performance, quality, velocity, and cost.
The positionneeds to have strong analytical skills and the ability to influence others whenthere is conflict in processes, objectives, or solutions.
This position needsto have the ability to see issues and forecast future costs so that costs arestable and predictable. The incumbent is accountable to identify and setcurrent and future, target costs that are realistic and valid.
Thisposition is a proactive and ensures the effective management of product cost.Through these cost model projects, the organization will begin to haveconfidence in costs.
This position identifies part opportunities and leadsinternal and external cross functional groups through cost opportunitydiscussions while maintaining a balance with performance, quality, and cost.
Cost models account for all costs drivers associated with the manufacture andsupply of a component. The creation of the model will require the use ofdedicated software and the application of existing manufacturing, engineeringand product knowledge supplemented by research into appropriate manufacturingmethods as required.
Thisposition identifies who is needed on each project and makes team memberrecommendation. Development of excellent working relationships, teamwork andproject management across departmental boundaries (engineering, purchase,logistics, product management etc) is essential to ensure effective collaborationand saving delivery.
Theposition provides leadership and is the key communicator for CollaborativeProduct and Process Development.
Theincumbent directs teams to interface with Suppliers and Purchasing to ensureearly collaboration on design for Manufacturability, Assembly and Cost, as wellas, adherence to APQP guidelines.
Theposition will ensure the development, analysis, and documentation of costinformation for new product development, design and cost improvement,maintenance, make versus buy, and other special projects.
The Incumbentestablishes Target Costs and manages product cost to target. The position providesleadership that ensures trade off discussions early in the design process tobalance performance, quality, velocity and cost with focus on optimizing value.
The position of Supplier Collaboration Engineer provides leadership to ensure costpredictability.
Beyondthe completion of its own work, the position assigns and reviews the day-to-daywork of other employees.
Typicalinternal customers include a Department or Business / Service Unit in a Division.The position's primary customers are internal.
The position is challenged tocarefully evaluate problems and review a large number of possible solutionsbefore selecting one option.
Problems may be moderately complex and can requirethe incumbent to develop solutions. The incumbent sets priorities andestablishes a work plan in order to complete defined assignments and achievedesired results.
Individualsworking in this role will be deemed manufacturing, process and cost experts byother areas of the business and will be called upon to provide cost’ expertiseas the norm.
Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, or Materials Science plus 3 or more years of experience, or a Master's degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, or Materials Science Top Candidates Will Also Have
Manufacturing Process Knowledge for Castings, Forgings, Gears, and / or Machining* APQP and PPAP experience* Should Cost Modeling or Cost Estimation / Quoting experience Additional Information : * The location for this position is East Peoria, IL, Aurora, IL, or Decatur, IL* Relocation assistance is not available for this position* This position may require up to 25% travelThis 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. / careers.EEO / AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.
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