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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Senior Engineering Project Team Leader



East Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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Job Description:

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Job Summary:

At Caterpillar’s East Peoria, IL facility, we manufacture and assemble Track Type Tractors. In this role as a Senior Engineering Project Team Leader, you will report to the Engineering Manager and will be primarily responsible for managing complex projects that involve multiple functions and organizations. You will be the collaboration leader between design engineering and product test and development teams across the organization. You will ensure a successful transition of the design changes to downstream users and is the primary contact for many of our internal and external partners for anything model related. As a member of the D9 Product Engineering team, you will need to have a growth mindset, promote continuous improvement, and help build a defect-free culture. We have a fabulous team that does some of the most exciting work at Caterpillar, and we can’t wait for you to join the team!

What you will do:

  • Project management of New Product Introduction (NPI) programs and engineering projects

  • Product development execution

  • Ownership of the machine (L6) requirements.

  • Oversight of engineering quality

  • Manage risk and tradeoffs in product development.

  • Execute Lean New Product Introduction programs (NPI)

  • Ensure successful collaboration and eventual handoff of engineering changes to downstream partners including manufacturing, commercial, and product support teams.

  • Oversight and management of the program timeline using project management tools and overall project budget

  • Coaching and mentorship of team members

What Skills you will have:

Technical Excellence: Knowledge of a given technology and various application methods; ability to develop and provide solutions to significant technical challenges.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Advises others on the assessment and provision of all technical solutions.
• Engages appropriate subject matter resources to effectively resolve technical issues.
• Mentors others to enhance their technical competence and its application to achieve more effective technical solutions.
• Coaches others in promoting, defining, analyzing, and providing superior technical solutions to business problems.
• Provides effective solutions to moderate technical challenges through strong technical competence, effectively examining implications of events and issues.
• Assumes accountability for personal technical performance and holds others responsible for theirs.

Influencing Through Expertise: Knowledge of effective influencing tactics and strategies; ability to use these to deepen own expertise and impact or challenge decisions within and outside own organization.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Communicates complex ideas and concepts in a clear and concise manner so that others can understand.
• Exhibits depth and breadth of knowledge, skill, and experience in the relevant field.
• Provides relevant, timely and objective subject matter/process expertise and key insight regarding multiple client business areas and affiliated fields.
• Provides others with information, opportunities, or resources to develop their skills in the area of expertise.
• Coaches others to enhance their proficiency regarding the tenets, practices, and examples of the 'trusted advisor' credential.

Team Management: Knowledge of effective team building techniques; ability to form and manage effective teams.
Level Expert:
• Manages conflict and competition between teams and across organizational lines.
• Fosters a collaborative work spirit across the organization.
• Serves as a leader in organization-wide initiatives that require cross-functional teams.
• Coaches team leaders on issues, problems, and solution methods.
• Creates an environment where cross-functional teams flourish.

Product Design and Development: Knowledge of Large Track Type Tractor or similar heavy equipment product features; ability to design, build, and develop a new product, technology, or service from concept through to production.
Level Expert:
• Leads in designing and implementing new production and distribution methods.
• Advocates the development of new technologies and tools for product design and development.
• Leads cross-functional teams assembled for the purpose of product design and development.
• Develops organizational best practices for the management of product design and development.
• Predicts future trends of product design and development.

Additional Information:

The primary location for this position is East Peoria, IL

Domestic relocation assistance is not available

This position may require 15% travel

Sponsorship is not available

What you will get:

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 wage, because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides:

  • Competitive Base Salary

  • Annual incentive bonus plan*

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage

  • Paid time off plan (Vacation, Holiday, Volunteer, Etc.)

  • 401k savings plan

  • Health savings account (HSA)

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • Life Insurance

  • Paid parental leave

  • Healthy Lifestyle Programs

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Voluntary Benefits (Ex. Accident, Identity Theft Protection)

*Subject to annual eligibility and incentive plan guidelines.

Final details:

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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:

July 2, 2024 - July 15, 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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