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Caterpillar, Inc. Group Manager in Champaign, Illinois

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:

At Caterpillar, we're working to help our customers build a better world. We wouldn’t be the Caterpillar we are today without the exceptionally talented, bright and driven people who get the job done. This is your chance to help us make progress possible around the world – for our customers, for growing communities and for every member of our team. We are looking for a dynamic, organized self-starter to join our Product Support and Logistics Division as a Group Manager in Champaign, IL.

Product Support and Logistics Division

We’re committed to our customers, who build a better world with our products, services and solutions. We understand and show the value of why they should always choose us. We’re exploring new ideas and opportunities – innovating to discover the breakthroughs necessary for tomorrow’s growth.

And we are one team – creating and delivering world-class components and solutions superior to the competition.

As a Group Manager at Caterpillar you will have the opportunity to direct, supervise and lead personnel in an assigned warehousing and logistics operational roles ensuring quality parts to meet established production requirements.

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

  • Responsible for all inbound and outbound operations

  • Manages BIQ (Built in Quality) process

  • Lead 8 operational supervisors supporting 300+ hourly team members across 3 shifts

  • Manages safety issues with leaders conducting safety investigations and resolution

  • Manages capacity and manpower planning along with capital management

  • Ensures effective operation of an assigned area of manufacturing to meet established schedules and production requirements while maintaining cost

  • Develops plans for efficient use of materials, machines and manpower to achieve manufacturing cost, quality and inventory management targets

  • Monitors customer delivery performance, cost reduction programs, lead-time improvements, and quality improvement projects that will enhance customer value and business unit results

  • Establishes cost and quality goals and ensures the efficient integration of factory, logistics, maintenance and quality to achieve targets for assigned area

  • Ensures proper direction and supervision of activities in assigned area to maintain effective utilization of personnel and machinery

  • Determines needs and coordinates actions required to maintain standards of efficiency, quality and safety

  • Implements various corporate initiatives such as 5S, Lean Manufacturing, 6 Sigma, Internal Certification, etc.

  • Promotes development of people through continued education, employee involvement, increased responsibility, ergonomics, engagement and empowerment

  • Trains new supervisors on manufacturing quality and process improvement

  • Sets goals and assists team in meeting quality goals/standards

  • Accepting ownership of the Continuous Improvement process

  • Leads process improvement dialogs with personnel

  • Develops production plans

  • Drives root cause analysis and resolution for relevant issues

  • Performs safety audits and drives safety improvement plans

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in a manufacturing/operations-related discipline) and 8+ years of applicable experience in the fields of: warehousing, supply chain, or manufacturing OR 10+ years of applicable experience in the fields of: warehousing, supply chain, or manufacturing

  • Previous supervisory leadership experience

  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles and manufacturing operations

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Project management experience

  • Process change management capability

  • Good human relations, interpersonal and collaborative skills

Additional Information:

This position does offer relocation.

This position requires 10% or less travel.

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. However, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website .


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.