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Caterpillar, Inc. Planning Manager in Santa Catarina, United States

Career Area:

Supply Chain and Logistics

Job Description:

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Planning Manager (Supply Chain)

About the Role

Manage and lead facility 2 HCC2 Supply Chain Planning, including Material Requirements, Inventory Management, Demand & Orders management and Production Planning, and in general the supply chain performance. Ensures linkage between process planning and execution.


  • Direct Reports include Production Planning Manager and Material Requirements Manager

  • Provide leadership and direction to HCC2 supply chain.

  • Ensures that the supply chain manage supply chain processes aligned with the CPS Supply Chain Process Manual and adherence to the CPS Supply Chain Rules. Supply chain span of control includes supply chain processes, planning, material requirements, inventory management, demand, and orders management.

  • As a member of the Business Unit Leadership Team, provide input to business unit goals and strategy development.

  • Secure alignment on processes and execution according to Standards.

  • Secure constant and clear communication with NPI/NSI teams, securing a smooth transition.

  • Manage department resources, providing focus, motivation, and encouragement to direct reports.

  • Responsible for all personnel issues and performance evaluation.

What You Have – Skills and Experiences

Decision Making and Critical Thinking

Level Expert:

• Analyzes and discusses alternatives with multiple stakeholders.

• Monitors developments in critical-thinking and decision-making models for potential use by organization.

• Coaches others in decision-making models, processes, and practices.

• Anticipates special issues and considerations for effective decision-making during a crisis.

• Shares experiences regarding optimal timing and circumstances for refraining from or making decisions.

• Differentiates between content and context of a decision.

Effective Communications

Level Extensive Experience:

• Reviews others' writing or presentations and provides feedback and coaching.

• Adapts documents and presentations for the intended audience.

• Demonstrates both empathy and assertiveness when communicating a need or defending a position.

• Communicates well downward, upward, and outward.

• Employs appropriate methods of persuasion when soliciting agreement.

• Maintains focus on the topic at hand.

Performance Management

Level Extensive Experience:

• Gives continuing feedback, recognizes achievement, and recommends improvement.

• Participates in the salary planning and administration process.

• Defines and agrees upon performance goals and objectives with associates.

• Identifies performance problem areas early on and defines specific improvement activities.

• Adjusts and communicates performance objectives as necessary for team objectives.

• Publicly shares accolades and recognizes and rewards top performers.

Inventory Management - MFG

Level Extensive Experience:

• Ensures that the inventory is at an appropriate level and meets both internal and external requirements.

• Devises standard inventory management benchmarks to improve the processes.

• Provides guidance on inventory management for a specific product group or location.

• Applies systems and processes to identify and coordinate inventory requirements; resolves conflicts.

• Coordinates daily work of inventory management for different locations within a facility or a supply network.

• Reviews reports used for inventory management to find out related problems.

Logistics Management

Level Extensive Experience:

• Manages logistics processes through process improvement, prioritization, and project planning.

• Implements and maintains monitoring systems to provide information on shipment status, shipped date, in transit location, estimated arrival date, and actual delivery date.

• Develops and analyzes logistics plans that affect production, distribution, and inventory.

• Works with historical, legislative and practical issues associated with domestic freight.

• Participates in contract negotiations and interfaces with selected carriers necessary to maintain expected levels of service.

• Consults on all major logistics processes, their interactions and operational requirements.

Supplier Management - MFG

Level Extensive Experience:

• Facilitates supplier partnering arrangements that share risk and reward.

• Monitors supplier performance; works to resolve discrepancies between performance and agreements.

• Develops quality standards and controls for suppliers.

• Builds and maintains partnerships with multiple and/or large suppliers.

• Evaluates issues and terminates supplier relationships as appropriate; works with legal departments.

• Ensures the fulfillment of report and record-keeping requirements.

Supply Chain Management - MFG

Level Extensive Experience:

• Manages supply chain finance activities and measurements of effectiveness.

• Advises others on capacity issues at various points in the supply chain.

• Monitors the complete supply chain management process.

• Consults on supply chain network design projects or processes.

• Quantifies and evaluates benefits and risks of various supply chain strategies and approaches.

• Participates in joint planning, process design/redesign with clients and partners.

What is Required

  • University degree

  • Advanced English

  • Supply chain or related experience.

  • SAP Experience

  • Experience on Planning of multiple manufacturing machine centers.

  • Strong experience in cross functional collaboration

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to establish and monitor policies and guidelines.

  • Thorough understanding of company policies and procedures

  • Knowledge of product development processes

Top Candidates

  • APICS CPIM or CSCP National Certification preferred.

  • Knowledge and experience with 6 Sigma preferred.

  • Master’s degree in engineering, Logistics or Business Administration or the sciences preferred

  • Experience in inventory management and control, global purchasing, parts distribution and/or logistics is highly desired.

The Caterpillar Code of Conduct states that we will select, and place employees based on their qualifications for the job to be performed, without regard to race, religion, national origin, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability. In this company we do not request pregnancy tests, nor HIV tests as requirements for employment entry, permanence or promotion.

Final details

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Posting Dates:

May 15, 2024 - June 5, 2024

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