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2025 Leadership & Technical Development Program (LTDP) - Procurement



IT, Operations
Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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.

About the Role

Caterpillar's Procurement Leadership and Technical Development Program (LTDP) is a three-year rotational program designed to accelerate development of entry-level talent and provide a solid foundation for meeting challenges within the Procurement function of Supply Chain. Being part of the LTDP team offers you a broad exposure to Caterpillar, presents diverse project responsibilities, engages you in a global team, provides cross-functional job experiences and includes valuable networking opportunities with all levels of Caterpillar leadership. This program provides the foundation for future success of Caterpillar's procurement specialists and technical professionals.

Caterpillar's Procurement Track is focused on building technical capabilities for managing Caterpillar's Supplier Relationship Management, Supply Chain Integration and Procurement functions. This opportunity advances your development and training with a focus on the technical aspect of procurement, manufacturing, quality, supplier management and operations supervision. At the successful completion of the three-year program, procurement professionals are placed into permanent positions within the Procurement function at Caterpillar Inc.

What You Will Do

Professionals within the program will complete three 12-month rotations, which are defined based on business needs. You must be willing to travel and relocate to any participating facility in North America upon hire and throughout each rotation while in the program. You’ll join a team with diverse project responsibilities and have experiences including (but not limited to):

  • Category Buyer: Responsible and accountable for directing the development, and/or communication and implementation of a site, regional, or worldwide sourcing strategy. Responsible for managing policies, agreements, source catalogs, and special purchasing programs, and supporting specific Product line(s) NPI programs.
  • Facility Procurement Professional: Manages supply network procurement related activities for a facility to deliver procurement excellence and integration between Procurement organization and the team supporting Facility / Divisional Leaders.
  • Supplier Development Engineer: Responsible for collaboration and advisement for assigned supply base to provide technical expertise and leadership in the execution of a robust quality plan within the supplier network.
  • Procurement Professional: Analyzes and maintains assigned processes that produce output excellence, builds expertise for the assigned process area, and contributing to continuous improvement efforts. Leads project management of process improvement, process development, and process execution for Procurement team.

What You Have – Skills and Experiences

In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute your unique skills and experiences. Below are some of the most critical skills.

  • Analytical skills, initiating ideas, troubleshooting, problem-solving, and critical thinking capabilities
  • Ability to work with others of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, and abilities in a constructive and collaborative manner.
  • Fundamental understanding of business process designs, engineering for a manufacturing environment, supplier relationship management concepts, and logistics and supply chain management
  • Organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, ability to quickly gain and effectively apply new skills & knowledge
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Participate in and build on our inclusive, constructive, and productive work environment
  • Ensure all team member’s contributions are recognized and values​

Degree Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Industrial/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, or Supply Chain Management.

Other Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.8/4.0 (no rounding) at current institution
  • Expected graduation date by August 2025
  • Must be willing to travel and relocate domestically

Top candidates will also have:

  • Involvement with an academic campus teams or related experience
  • Project or Team Leadership experience
  • Previous business or technical internship/co-op or relevant experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Additional Information:

  • Please attach your resume and an unofficial copy of your transcript to your application.
  • Applicants will be considered for positions throughout the United States.
  • Relocation is available.
  • Sponsorship is NOT available for this position.
  • Most of these positions will be in the Peoria, Illinois area, with a few positions in other areas.

Employee benefit details:

  • 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:

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.


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:

July 1, 2024 - March 31, 2025

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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