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Procurement Placement 2024

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.

We currently have some exciting opportunities for industrial placement students to join Caterpillar across several of our sites. You will have the opportunity to work with others across our organisation, and you will be directly involved and at the heart of our business, participating in strategic projects.

At Caterpillar, you build what matters—whether it’s the career you want, crucial work skills, strong relationships, or new technologies – Our work is powered by our people.

What do we do?

Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Since 1925, we’ve been driving sustainable progress and helping customers build a better world through innovative products and services. Throughout the product life cycle, we offer services built on cutting-edge technology and decades of product expertise. These products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value to help our customers succeed.

Caterpillar, Shrewsbury (6 months)

Location for this role is based at Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd. At Caterpillar Shrewsbury, you can explore endless opportunities that will develop and grow your career possibilities, will collaborate with talented peers, producing innovative ideas and technologies, you’ll make a difference by doing work that matters to you and the world.

Caterpillar Defense at Shrewsbury is responsible for the design, development and integration of engine and drivetrain packages to meet the needs of tracked and wheeled military products globally. The facility also provides remanufacturing services of industrial military engines, components, and transmissions. Using a host of remanufacturing technologies, Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd receives engines and a range of other components from customers, and cleans, refurbishes, reassembles, and updates them in compliance with the exacting standards set by Caterpillar. The E&T Purchasing Team currently manages 7000 active part numbers from 200 suppliers located worldwide.

Caterpillar (Perkins Aftermarket), Warrington (6 months)

You will also get experience in the Perkins Aftermarket Purchasing group, based at Perkins Aftermarket offices, Birchwood, Warrington. Supporting the management of 500+ suppliers, including sourcing strategy execution, commercial negotiations, and supplier performance management across the Engine Aftermarket parts supplier portfolio. Interacting with the Product Life Cycle and Supply Chain functions to deliver the Aftermarket Growth Guide OPACC initiatives.

Our Solutions Help Our Customers Build a Better World

Customers use our products to build the basic infrastructure that enables higher standards of living so that people have access to water, electricity, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and so much more

We have a clear vision to be the global leader in providing customer value in the markets in which we operate. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success.

Diversity at Caterpillar

When we leverage our people's experiences, backgrounds, and cultures in an inclusive environment, we enable every individual to achieve their full potential, which drives business success. Caterpillar is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

What experiences can we offer you?

Our industrial placement training scheme will give you the opportunity to experience different aspects of the company. From day one you will be embedded in a team solving real world problems. You will get to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide.

As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity at Caterpillar and believe the more experience you can gain early in your career, the further you can go. That’s why during our yearlong scheme, we place an emphasis on multiple diverse projects. You will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide and we are looking for you to bring fresh, innovative ideas to solve complex technical problems. You will be a fully involved team member with responsibility and accountability for key project deliverables. That said, you will be given all the support you require to be successful.

Our placement roles have the additional benefit of a workplace mentor; this could be your manager or a technical expert who will support you throughout your time at Caterpillar and help you gain the professional development and skills you need to be set up for success! Our placement students can expect to return to university with further developed technical skills and experience of how University learning is applied to the workplace.

We also operate a conditional offer process; our highest-performing placement students are fast-tracked to our graduate development scheme. This includes a financial incentive and the potential of a summer work placement. Offers will be made based on the condition that a graduate role is available at the time of your graduation and that you achieve a min of 2:2.

The role

During this 12-month placement, you will have the opportunity to experience different aspects of procurement within both the Defence and Aftermarket sector giving you an excellent insight into the requirements of working as part of a successful team.

You will gain valuable exposure to our supply chain, sending out Requests for Quotations (RFQs) and obtaining the engineering drawing and specifications to enable you to liaise with internal departs and suppliers. You will be asked to take an analytical approach to the data you have gathered and present your findings to our buyer to ensure the best sourcing decisions are made

You will also get the opportunity to support buyers on supplier audits, supplier visits and supplier reviews.

Investigating demand to identify the next step of activities to resolve supply. Presenting back your ideas for improvements and sharing the solutions that you have found

To gain maximum exposure over the 12-month placement duration, you will be communicating and interacting with all disciplines of the business, including Suppliers, Commercial, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality and Operations, giving you a true understanding of our business

As part of the Purchasing Team, you will work closely with both the teams in Shrewsbury Defense and Perkins Aftermarket in Birchwood. Your working location will be 6 months at Birchwood, followed by 6 months at Shrewsbury.

Who are we looking for?

As the type of roles within our business are becoming more diverse, we are looking for people who are open-minded, excellent problem solvers and who have the ability to learn quickly. You will be motivated, hard-working, and will embrace change. In return for your dedication and hard work, you will be provided with excellent career opportunities and strong support for your personal and career development to pursue a career within Caterpillar.

  • Applicants will be on target to achieve a minimum of 2:2 honours degree level.
  • Applicants would preferably be studying a degree from one of the following disciplines: Supply Chain, Logistics, Business and Economics, Business Management.

Requirements of the role:

  • Have an interest in working in the Purchasing Environment.
  • Good understanding of Industry needs.
  • Hold a Full UK driving licence.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Analytical, problem solving and project leadership skills
  • Be proficient in Microsoft office

We are looking for talented, ambitious people from various backgrounds who are interested in setting out on the road to success and in return, we will provide you the training and support you need to be successful at Caterpillar.

Recruitment Process

Here is a brief overview of what you can expect when applying to our Early Career roles…

  • Online Application: The first stage of the process is to complete the online application and attach your CV, this must be done before the closing date of the role that you're applying for. Once we reach the close date, we will begin reviewing all our applications, this may take a little while and we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been successful in moving forward to the next stage.
  • Stage one – Video Interview: If selected, you will be invited to attend a pre-recorded user-friendly video interview which you have one week to complete and submit. You are able to record your answers several times to allow you plenty of practice if required. Please ensure that you check your spam emails for this invite. At this stage if you are successful, you will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre either onsite or virtually between January and April 2024.
  • Stage two – Assessment Centre: The Assessment Centre day will look at a range of behaviours such as teamwork, decision-making, communication, and problem-solving. We aim to make these days fun, inclusive and as relaxed as possible.
  • Stage three – Offer: After the Assessment Centre, the Caterpillar team will review the feedback and extend offers to our preferred candidates, we aim to do this as quickly as possible. Placement Students will start on 8th July 2024.We look forward to receiving your application to join Caterpillar!

There are big jobs to be done worldwide—building critical infrastructure, bolstering local economies, meeting the demand for energy—and that work is powered by our people. Our talented team creates sustainable, world-changing solutions that impact lives around the globe.

Come join us!

How do I apply?

NOTE: Only one application is required, please do not apply for multiple roles. You may be given the opportunity of being considered for other roles/locations at a later stage.

The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined.

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

Click the apply button today and one of our friendly recruiters will be in touch.

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