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Supply Chain Planning - Industrial Placement Scheme 2021

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Who are Caterpillar?

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Operating from 50 countries around the globe, the Caterpillar brand has developed into a symbol of strength, respect, and integrity. The organisation has a clear vision to be the global leader in providing customer value in the markets in which it operates. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success.

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What do we do?

The Advanced Components (ACM) division spans seven countries and has 5,000+ employees. We deliver operational excellence in manufacturing drivetrain, hydraulic components and operator stations, producing components valued greater than $3B. The ACM team includes Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, and Operations Managers who align to deliver superior safety, quality, velocity and cost to our business partners. The supply chain function covers many areas including Order to Delivery, Demand Management, Material Supply. Transportation and Compliance and Supplier Quality

What experiences can we offer you?

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Supply Chain team based in Belfast. The main focus of this department is to operate on a tactical/strategic basis to ensure our supply chain drives towards excellence in efficiency, reliability and flexibility. As a Supply Chain Planner, you will collaborate with global suppliers to ensure execution to planned orders and schedules, and resolves issues with suppliers to ensure material availability for the facility production.

There will also be an opportunity for you to collaborate with the purchasing, quality and manufacturing operations teams. Along with getting involved in exciting projects including New Product Introduction. Working as part of this small team you will really get to make a positive impact during your placement.

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

  • Ensure timely delivery of materials to the facility
  • Liaise with Suppliers on New Product Introduction (NPI) & ECNs
  • Supplier collaboration to meet facility production plans
  • Utilise root cause corrective actions to resolve quality and supplier performance issues
  • Requisition materials and ensure inventory levels maintained
  • Manage and perform supplier scheduling and implementation of engineering changes for the efficient manufacture of products and components
  • Support supply chain performance efforts by monitoring and tracking supplier performance metrics.
  • Deliver improvements in point of use material availability

Projects will include full integration into Caterpillar Supply Chain planning systems through the on-boarding of all aspects of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system.

Working with experienced team members you will receive all the coaching, guidance and support for your work and personal development. It is our intention that you will be given opportunities to develop your knowledge and experience within a real-world setting. Our aim is that these industrial placement opportunities provide the firm foundations necessary for a long and successful future career.

We really value diversity at Caterpillar and the benefits to our business it provides – we will provide you the opportunity to collaborate and share your creative ideas throughout your career.


Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who can show us a highly participative working style, and who thrive in a team of committed professionals. And at the same time, we need people who can think independently and drive change through
persuasion and influence. Strong analytical, communication and presentational skills are a must as you’d need to package clear strategic recommendations based on data and sell them confidently to production and management employees.

Successful Applicants will be on track to obtaining a 2:2 in a Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering or a Business related degree.

We will provide you the training and support you need to be successful at Caterpillar.


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Job ID Number: 2000053E
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £17,500 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Belfast
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Software
  • Systems

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