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Caterpillar, Inc. NPI Team Leader in Peoria, Illinois

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For Caterpillar, digital means using technology to extract data from our machines and engines and transform it into valuable recommendations and insights to help customers make better, more informed decisions and help Caterpillar make robust products with the lowest total ownership cost. Our products generate and process large amounts of data from sensors, on- board ECMs, and control algorithms in real-time creating real-world machine usage information to provide condition monitoring and fleet management services. The Enterprise Connectivity team of Cat Digital is hiring a NPI team lead. This NPI team lead position is with the Connectivity team inside the CAT Digital organization which has enterprise accountability for telematics product line strategy definition, implementation, quality, Telecom, and cost. As a NPI team lead you will provide leadership and accountability for the delivery of the telematics connectivity end to end solutions. This will include collaboration with internal development partners such as product groups, IC&S, Cat Digital, CD&T, MTES, and E&T Digital.


Incumbent will provide NPI leadership for customer/ dealer facing on-board Telematics (Cellular, Sat, Wi-Fi, BT, UWB, etc.) solutions/programs by owning product functional requirements, and maintaining a MGPP (Multi-generational product plan) for on-board Telematics products that he/she is responsible for. The incumbent will generate functional requirements based of voice of customer (VOC), voice of dealers (VOD), voice of business (VOB), and voice of regulations (VOR) and align requirements with market and future trends in Telematics and Telecommunication. The incumbent will make sure there is alignment between Marketing Requirement Document (MRD), system requirement and hardware requirements documents, he/she will be working very closely with Enterprise technical leaders.

Key areas of responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all the following:

  • Ensuring the execution and delivery of projects and NPI programs based on timelines, budgets, quality targets, functional requirements, alignment with regulatory requirements, and performance expectations.

  • Accountability for the definition and management of functional requirements. This will require interfacing with internal customers including Construction Industries, Resource Industries , Energy & Transportation, aftermarket and IC&S.

  • Fostering collaboration, communication, and innovation

  • Developing and tracking annual budgets and program life-time forecasts related to product development and programs.

  • Applying good business acumen to make trade-offs between customer requirements, business constraints, and technology capabilities.

  • Facilitating the development and support of telematics products through collaboration with development partners including product groups, IC&S, Cat Digital, CD&T, MTES, and E&T Digital.

  • Providing leadership and direction to multi-function teams to develop program level development strategy and oversee all functions involved in the NPI product development process.

  • Executing the NPI Process; prioritize critical customer and business requirements; guide concept selection and the development of product requirements and technical specifications.

  • Ensuring the NPI program meets all goal requirements for product function, reliability, program cost, budget, and customer satisfaction

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering or related field

  • 8+ years of commensurate experience and history of progressive product and project leadership responsibility

Top Candidates Will Also Have

  • Knowledge and experience with connectivity/telematics technologies

  • Requirements gathering and documentation experience with customers

  • Electronic component and or systems development experience

  • Successful execution of multiple NPI programs

  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects at once, often with competing priorities and deliverables • Strong personal ownership and the ability to hold others accountable

  • High attention to detail and the ability to anticipate obstacles while developing mitigation plans with a sense of urgency

  • Commercial, business, engineering and manufacturing skills along with an understanding of product test & development, materials, accounting and pricing functions.

  • Must have excellent problem solving skills and good leadership and team management capabilities.

  • Requires strong written and verbal communications skills.

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.