Caterpillar, Inc. Supplier Collaboration Engineer in Tucson, Arizona

Supplier Collaboration Engineer



The position of Supplier Collaboration Engineer I will be the leader and key communicator for various Collaborative Product and Process Development teams to interface with Suppliers and Purchasing to ensure early supplier collaboration on design for manufacturability, assembly, and costs as well as adherence to APQP guidelines. The Position leads Cost Modeling activities that support the setting of Target Costs and managing product cost to achieve target while optimizing value.Additional functional responsibilities include: supplier selection at a part- number level aligned to category strategies, supplier tooling validation & management, design for X elements & provide PFEP requirements to deliver on engineered value chains.

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

Provide leadership and is the key communicator for Collaborative Product and ProcessDevelopment.Responsible for leadingteams to interface with Suppliers and Purchasing to ensure early collaboration on design for Manufacturability, Assembly and Cost, as well as, adherence to APQP guidelines.

Leads a cross functional team to a solution that meets multiple objectives and balance performance, quality, velocity, and cost. Must have strong analytical skills and the ability to influence others when there is conflict in processes, objectives, or solutions. This position needs to have the ability to see issues and forecast future costs so that costs are stable and predictable. Accountable to identify and set current and future, target costs that are realistic and valid.

This role is accountable to meet product cost, quality, and time targets in the product- life cycle including NPI through supplier collaboration at a part number level for their respective components, systems and/or categories (specify total cost management to include Ex- works, packaging & logistics). Development of detailed component cost models and high level cost estimates will be developed thru collaboration.

The goal for this position is to lead the team through identifying cost opportunities, identifying requirements of a part(s) for each area and ultimately leading the team to meet their individual area requirements within the cost target. Leading these discussions and projects will be difficult in nature due to the multiple “trade offs” (negotiations / compromises) each area will need to make to achieve the quality and cost goals. Completed cost models and expert guidance will be used to identify cost reduction opportunities for subsequent delivery through the Strategic Cost Management, Purchase or NPI teams in the form of negotiation, resource or design change.

Position is to be located in Tucson AZ long term, but can/will leverage local South Milwaukee support in the short term.


Basic Qualifications:


  • 4-year degree in an accredited curriculum OR 8 years experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, or Purchasing/Logistics roles.


  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, engineering discipline, and quality processes


  • Technical background, with ability to read/interpret engineering drawings and 3D CAD Models.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required to deal with sensitive issues, develop others, or persuade others inside and outside the department to take specific actions.


  • Good level of understanding of company policies and procedures related to manufacturing, engineering and/or maintenance.

Top candidates will also have:

* Prior Supplier Development experience


  • Prior Team Leadership experience


  • Understanding or MRP and SAP systems


  • Knowledge and application of APQP


  • 6-Sigma Black Belt experience

Additional Information:


  • Travel Required (10% - 25% working time)

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

Job Engineering

Primary Location United States-Arizona-Tucson

Other Locations United States-Wisconsin-South Milwaukee

Unposting Date: Dec 19, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

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

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Req ID: 18000C4P