As a Material Planning Analyst at Caterpillar, you will have an opportunity to assist in the effective, timely and economical acquisition of direct and/or indirect materials for Caterpillar facilities.
Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: * Assisting Buyer in purchasing duties including price negotiation, rejections, quality requirements, cost improvements and quotation evaluation. * Processing purchase requisitions from Caterpillar facilities operating groups and, when necessary, selecting supplier or alternate which best serves requirements. * Contacting supplier and negotiating acceptable price, delivery date, terms of payment, method of shipment, etc. * Initiating request for quotations as required to establish best cost, quality and delivery. * Applying knowledge of similar parts, material or tooling, etc., analyzing details of each quote for conformance to requirements and selecting supplier. Results of analysis are used for purchases, make/buy studies, new product cost evaluations, new process evaluations, etc. * Processing and negotiating resolutions to rejections, supplier debits and credits and investigating price discrepancies. * Analyzing all related documents and contacts involved with Caterpillar and supplier personnel to resolve problems. * Working with plant personnel to evaluate, select and when appropriate, outsource various maintenance, storage, rework, etc. * Serving as the purchasing representative when Buyer is not available. * Making decisions relative to supplier choice, quality and quantity performance and cost negotiations. * Contributing to initiation and implementation of cost reduction projects to meet purchasing objectives. * Reviewing engineering change and release notices, working to establish best Just In Time delivery and economical lot sizes, contacting suppliers for information on hazardous materials and expediting material as necessary. * Traveling to suppliers as necessary to discuss quality problems, delivery performance and policy decisions.
Required Qualifications: * Prior experience on salaried level purchasing jobs, often having been a Purchasing Analyst, to become familiar with purchasing policies, practices and philosophies. * Technical knowledge of assigned commodities, a thorough knowledge of purchasing policies and the ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing, with other Caterpillar personnel and suppliers.
Desired Qualifications: * A degree in business or logistics