Caterpillar Inc. Supplier Development Engineer- 170007B9 in Mossville, Illinois

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The Product Supply and Logistics Division currently has an opening for a Supplier Development Engineer located in the Mossville, IL area. In this role you will provide technical expertise and leadership to Caterpillar's supply base in the execution of a robust quality plan within the suppler network. In addition, you will implement a well-documented continuous quality improvement process and strict process controls. This will be used for the evaluation and development of new and existing suppliers worldwide, to maximizing Quality, Cost, Logistics, Delivery, and Management (QCLDM) within the supply network. You will also ensure that a supplier is able to meet corporate and business unit requirements for SQEP certification levels and customer requirements for quality, cost, and delivery of purchased material.


The primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the trusted advisor for assigned supply base through the following functional responsibilities: Assessing potential suppliers via on-site Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM) audits, driving implementation of Lean, BIQ, & APQP, continuously reviewing supplier capacity, assuring production readiness through rigorous review of supplier PPAP submission, being recognized as the expert in supplier quality. Collaborate with suppliers to assure proper process control standards are in place and continuously monitor key manufacturing processes for improvement opportunities. Ensure that suppliers have adequate people, training, tooling, fixturing, and equipment. Provide technical support during start-up activities and provide ongoing strategic support. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring suppliers' adherence to PCN (Process Change Notification) on a timely and cost effective basis as well as to develop the supply base to fulfill the total requirements from Caterpillar Production System (CPS) implementation.

Provide a technical leadership role as QCLDM champion for suppliers and assure technical development to adequately meet qualified supply network strategies.Support Category Strategies, supplier development & performance management and provide technical leadership in new supplier selection. Evaluate and develop new supplier's technological capability to meet requirements for Caterpillar Inc.

The SDE is responsible for the supplier's processes from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave). Ensures that APQP activities related to process control are being performed by the supplier. Manages supplier's project plans and activities to ensure product meets Caterpillar expectations. Ensure supplier's capacity and capability will meet Caterpillar's needs today and in the future.

Reviews APQP documentation (e.g., Process FMEA {failure mode & effects analysis}, Process Control Plans, Gage R&R {repeatability & reproducibility}). Participates in process FMEA for suppliers' manufacturing processes. Audits process control implementation and effectiveness. Validates process capability. Ensures PPAP completion and approval prior to delivery of new parts.

Responsible for the review, approval and validation of 8D permanent corrective action plans. Performs quality management system audits and Supplier Evaluation Surveys (SES), including assessments of potential new suppliers. Supports SPQ projects. Participates in the development of Supplier quality metrics. Participates in Supplier Performance Management Revi ws (SPM).

The SDE supports MQ11005 Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) certification to achieve consistent QCLDM performance. Supports Caterpillar 6 Sigma initiatives with suppliers. Works with suppliers to reduce waste and improve supplier process capability and efficiency. Not responsible for supply chain expediting activities. Not responsible for reporting activities in Workflow.

Develop and maintain thorough knowledge of technological developments and trends for guidance of commodity teams in advancements of design, quality, and manufacturing. Must have a thorough working knowledge of quality initiatives to ensure that Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is completed and approved before new parts are delivered. This includes leadership in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activity.

Provide resolution and ensure implementation of robust solutions for quality problems associated with the purchased materials, logistics, and engineering issues. Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards within this diverse global organization.

Supports and participates in 6 Sigma initiatives with facilities, category teams, and suppliers. The incumbent will collaborate with Buyers to improve supplier cost, quality, and throughput.

The position manages the completion of its own work assignments and coordinates work with others.

Participate in the development of Supplier metrics and the mo