Caterpillar Data Scientist III in Peoria, Illinois

The Digital Enabled Solutions Division is leading Caterpillar and our industry with the utilization of Data Analytics, Innovation, Digital Channels and techniques to drive profit, create more efficient revenue growth, unlock revenue streams and provide more durable competitive advantages for the business through unexpectedly great experiences for our customers.

JOB PURPOSE: Caterpillar uses quantitative methods such as business simulations, data mining, and advanced statistical techniques to solve problems. The Data Scientist III contributes to this mission by leveraging his or her quantitative analysis, data management, modeling and/or data visualization skills as an individual contributor to project teams tasked with solving business problems.


Caterpillar uses quantitative techniques to solve problems. Typical problems include maximizing OPACC through improvements in Inventory Costs, Material Costs, NPI costs, etc…; determining the principal drivers of health care costs; recommending the optimal supplier for a part; identifying sales, rental, and service opportunities for Caterpillar dealers; and developing simulation/optimization capabilities to model a new facility or product feature. In addition, analytics experts also provide assistance to high-profile enterprise-wide projects such as the Engineered Value Chain.

The principal responsibility of the Data Scientist III is to be an independent contributor to multi-person analytic teams. This position has a depth of knowledge in quantitative analytic methods, data management, and or associated digital technologies suitable to handle all but the most complex issues. Senior Information Analysts are expected to be familiar with the company’s processes, products, and organization, as well as its customers, competitors, and stakeholders. Work is typically directed by a direct supervisor, project or team lead through a review of results. Decisions on routine, medium risk issues that may affect the project team, suppliers or internal customers may be made by this position. Challenges include meeting expectations in delivering results, learning to refine solutions to better fit complex situations, making timely decisions, and communicating effectively with all project stakeholders. The Data Scientist III also mentors and develops the capabilities and organizational knowledge of more junior information scientists I & II.

The Data Scientist III demonstrates thorough knowledge of statistical approaches, data management techniques, and/or related digital technologies, and the ability to handle complex issues. The incumbent demonstrates very good communication and presentation skills, being able to explain conclusions to customers who have limited knowledge and experience with quantitative analytical methods. As an individual contributor on teams, they should also exhibit strong initiative and teamwork skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of Caterpillar Inc., its products and services; its internal systems, processes, and procedures; and the external environment in which it competes.

Basic Requirements:

Requires a bachelor degree in computer science, mathematics or statistics or a related field.

The incumbent will have experience with one or more of the following development languages Python, Java or C#

Three or more years in development and support work related to application development or data engineering

Top Candidates Will Have:

Incumbent should have a good knowledge of Caterpillar policies and procedures, and a general understanding of Caterpillar’s organization

Experience with additional programming languages including R, Javascript or NodeJS

A passion for data and large data

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for the position who now or in the future require sponsorship 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: *Information Analytics

Title: Data Scientist III

Location: Illinois-Peoria

Requisition ID: 170006IX

Other Locations: United States-Illinois-Chicago