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Caterpillar, Inc. Group Manager 3 in Lafayette, Indiana

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:


Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division (LPSD) product teams deliver world class products across commercial and machine markets that bring the best value to our customers while achieving business commitments. We are currently looking for a Group Manager to join our talented team in Lafayette, IN. In this role you will be responsible for leading day-to-day operations for multiple value streams in an Assembly manufacturing environment to ensure the safe maximization of efficiency in quality, velocity, and cost. This position initiates corrective actions to overcome impediments causing delays in the Assembly, Test, Paint, Packaging and Shipping areas.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and improve safety on the shop floor; eliminate any unsafe operations/behaviors and ensure a safe and clean production environment within the Assembly area.

  • Ensure processes are followed to meet quality standards.

  • Monitors’ quality metrics and intervenes when necessary.

  • Contribute to the total manufacturing effort by directing and controlling several operations from manufacturing, assembly, and shipping of assembled components.

  • Ensures production schedules can be met in a Lean Manufacturing environment to satisfy assembly line and assembly parts schedule requirements.

  • Initiates action to prevent manufacturing and assembly line shutdowns by authorizing overtime and informing maintenance personnel of priorities, alerting Assembly planning to manufacturing process changes, etc.

  • Strive to maintain high performance while minimizing costs.

  • Analyzes burden and efficiency data to isolate problems and improve performance and costs.

  • Performs on-going evaluation of work loads and assists Section Managers in solving problems related to safety, quality, work effort, company policy, cost drivers and general overall engagement.

  • Develop detailed near-term and long-term production plans.

  • Creates cost control targets for assigned area and offers constructive recommendations on the selection and promotion of personnel to fill openings.

  • Own Safety, CPS and BIQ initiatives, making sure established processes are followed, improvements are investigated, worked, and implemented, best practices are established, and roadblocks are eliminated.

  • Initiate and conducts process improvement dialogs with Section Managers, Team Leads and Team Members with a strong focus on growth and development in a data driven environment.

  • Drives root cause analysis and utilizes ICA’s and PCA’s resolution on all forms of loss, i.e., safety, quality, production.

This position will be responsible for a three-shift operation and will have direct responsibility for first shift operations. Coordination of material, equipment, manpower (both full-time and agency) and quality rests with this position. Work direction, problem solving and coordination with support departments is a major responsibility and will be the key to successfully meeting schedule requirements.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have at least a four-year college degree in a field related to Engineering, Business, or Manufacturing.

  • Must have 6-10 years of experience in at least two Staff and Supervisory positions in the Orders to Delivery fields. Must have a good understanding of CPS processes related to Assembly operations. This experience should include both direct Operations and Operational support roles (i.e., Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Assembly).

  • Requires a thorough knowledge thru prior experience of Assembly, Paint, Test, and Generator Packaging objectives.

  • Must be a strong communicator with strong leadership and managerial skills and the ability to direct a diverse team of people to ensure divisional goals are met.

  • Requires change management and innovative critical thinking skills in a competitive large engine industry.

  • Incumbent works in a collaborative manner and ensures engagement of teams/workforce to create a positive culture.

  • Prior Six Sigma experience in a manufacturing environment.

Top Candidate will also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead in fast paced environments in accordance with Caterpillar’s Values and Actions.

  • Effective motivational skills, a high degree of initiative and a strong client/customer focus as demonstrated with prior leadership of teams in a manufacturing or assembly environment.

Additional Information:

  • Location of this position is in Lafayette, IN

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position

  • This position may require 10% travel.

Please ensure you frequently check the e-mail account you provided on your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method in our recruiting process. #LI

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

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). All qualified individuals- including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities- are encouraged to apply.

Relocation is available for this position.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.