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Manufacturing Engineering Manager - Advanced Planning



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Mapleton, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Manager Manufacturing Engineering

Mapleton, IL

The Mapleton Foundry is one of the largest in the United States and home to the largest core making machine in the world! Working at the foundry is hard work that demands focus and safety, quality, and commitment to helping our customers build a better world. We are looking for a dynamic leader who can manage manufacturing engineering expertise and provide guidance to establish the necessary requirements for cost effective machining and assembly processes. This role serves the Advanced Planning Engineering Team with responsibilities for capital investment, plant layouts, machine moves, and new equipment installations.


  • Delivering leadership, guidance, and vision for the Advanced Planning Team serving Mapleton Machining and Assembly.
  • Engaging with product development leaders on New Product Introduction (NPI) future strategies while aligning facility-wide safety initiatives.
  • Driving significant improvement opportunities and coordinating modern technology into the facility architecture, in cadence with other parallel investments.
  • Providing the expertise for implementing large investments leveraging new capital introduction processes (NCI) with accountability including forecasting and capital governance.

Degree Requirement:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience desired

Experience Requirement:

Demonstrated experience in managing individual contributors and performing large capital investments in manufacturing facilities.

Skill Descriptors

Capital Planning & Management: Knowledge of tools, approaches and practices to develop and lead the implementation of large-scale capital projects. Leads in interpreting and applying safety into manufacturing processes.

Level Extensive Experience:

Manages staff with responsibility to deadlines and budgets.

Develops and manages large capital / expense budgets associated with design, procurement and installation for new manufacturing equipment.

• Ensures the fulfillment of contracts and scope of work.

• Compares planned budgets vs. actual expenditures, identifies, reports, and explains variances.

• Evaluates past business decisions and associated budgetary considerations and impact.

Critical Thinking & Communicating for Impact: Ability to accurately analyze situations and reach productive decisions based on informed judgment; effective listening and communication, demonstrating influence where required.

Level Extensive Experience:

• Differentiates assumptions, perspectives, and historical frameworks.

• Evaluates past decisions for insights to improve decision-making process.

• Assesses and validates decision options and predicts their potential impact.

• Advises others in analyzing and synthesizing relevant data and assessing alternatives.

• Uses effective decision-making approaches such as consultative, command, or consensus.

Deals effectively with customers, leaders and support staff to resolve problems

Manufacturing Equipment & Processes: Knowledge of the electrical, mechanical, controls, and logistics equipment used in modern machining and assembly; history of integrating and automating these systems into production.

Level Extensive Experience:

• Participates in evaluation and selection of new equipment.

• Facilitates the coordination and integration of multi-vendor sourcing decisions.

• Defines overall machine performance standards; evaluates KPIs.

• Plans, tests and implements changes to manufacturing infrastructure and environment.

• Mentors others in monitoring safety performance and assuring investments meet company and industry objectives.

Judgment and Decision Making: Ability to carefully evaluate the impact of emerging business situations and choose the best path forward communicating actions and activities that maximize organizational performance.

Level Expert:

Secures commitment for decisions by communicating clearly and credibly to stakeholders.

• Delegates responsibility for shaping plans through which decisions are executed.

• Monitors execution of decisions to ensure consistency with original intention.

• Empowers employees to develop sound judgment by minimizing the consequences of failure.

• Assumes the blame for unsuccessful decisions.

• Shares the credit for successful decisions

Lean Manufacturing: Knowledge of the philosophy, principles and implementation approaches of lean manufacturing; ability to integrate and implement lean manufacturing philosophy into production and management processes.

Level Expert:

Defines and executes a strategic lean implementation plan.

• Mentors others on the organizational and cultural transformation needed for effective lean implementation.

• Oversees the implementation of mechanisms for sustaining a culture for lean.

Additional Information:

  • This position is located in Mapleton, IL.
  • Domestic Relocation is available for this position.
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

A Closer look into the Mapleton Facility


Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details

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This 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.caterpillar.com/careers.

This Job Description is intended as a general guide to the job duties for this position and is intended for the purpose of establishing the specific salary grade. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive summary of all responsibilities, duties and effort required of employees assigned to this job. At the discretion of management, this description may be changed at any time to address the evolving needs of the organization. It is expressly not intended to be a comprehensive list of “essential job functions” as that term is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Relocation is available for this position.Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. This 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.caterpillar.com/careers.

Posting Dates:

June 6, 2024 - June 13, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.

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

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