Caterpillar, Inc. Program Specialist in Morton, Illinois

Program Specialist

Description

Caterpillar. You probably know the name from our big yellow earthmoving machines. But did you also know that Caterpillar, besides being the undisputed world leader for construction and mining equipment, is also number one for diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines?

The Product Support & Logistics Division currently has an opening for a Program Specialist located in our Morton, IL facility. As a Program Specialist, you will complete individual small or moderately complex programs or multiple projects with limited scope. You will also provide leadership in the development and updates of program and project management schedules. You will be accountable to ensure project deliverables are achieved on time, within budget and scope, the incumbent has the ability to lead and motivate people and encourage teamwork, an ability to communicate effectively with senior management, and a clear vision of what determines a successful projects or programs for the customer and for the company.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete individual complex programs and/or multiple programs or projects of a large scope simultaneously

  • Provide leadership in the development and updates of program and project management schedules

  • Ensure project deliverables are achieved on time, within budget and scope

  • Have the ability to lead and motivate people and encourage teamwork, to communicate effectively with senior management, and a clear vision of what determines a successful projects or programs for the customer and for the company

  • Manage the interactions and relationships between multiple, interrelated projects and builds credibility, establish rapport and maintain communication with stakeholders at multiple levels, including those external to the organization

  • Develop and produce program and/or project management schedules

  • Utilize professional project management tools and techniques to manage reporting, tracking charts, checklists, and project scheduling software and to delegate appropriately

  • Manage change and take active leadership in timely decision making

  • Manage schedules that reflect detailed information related to the changes, including effected components and functions, time lines for various stages of project completion, costs, etc

  • Work with the individual team members from multiple functional disciplines (engineering, inventory management, purchasing, IT, Facility engineering, etc…) and the Customer to establish completion dates

  • Monitor progress of projects, discuss problems with affected areas, assure appropriate personnel are informed of problems and steps are in place to meet schedules

  • Direct and delegate tasks effectively to Program Coordinators

  • Validate new projects/activities for proper alignment with program objectives and strategies

  • Develop, track, manage and communicate the program management plan and status (scope, schedule, cost, resource, risk, quality, communication, change, etc.) to optimize the program and achieve quality, on-time, on and on budget deliverables

  • Communicate project and program interdependencies and escalate and participate in resolution of all program issues and participate and drive decision making that accomplishes strategic objectives

  • Assist in developing current and desired states to identify, prioritize and analyze gaps, developing the program MGPP, scope, and stakeholder documents

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5 years of progressively related experience in multiple business units or functional areas

  • Experience with program/project management processes: broad knowledge of PMI or similar program management processes, company policies and processes, and company products and customers with direct project management experience

  • Microsoft Project experience and proficient using other Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to deal with sensitive issues, develop others, or influence others inside and outside the department to take specific actions

  • Strong project management skills, team leadership skills, logical thinker, excellent communication skills, ability to multitask effectively, strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Self-starter with strong accountability and collaboration skills

  • Ability to multitask effectively

  • PMP Certification or equivalent

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at www.caterpillar.com/careers.

Job Project & Program Management

Primary Location United States-Illinois-Morton

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

Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Any relocation costs incurred would be the responsibility of the selected applicant.

Req ID: 18000B6T