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Caterpillar, Inc. Contract Specialist II in San Diego, California

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure. Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs. Join us.


Caterpillar is seeking an experienced Contract Specialist to provide sales contract support for its Solar Turbines Division based in San Diego, CA. Solar Turbines manufactures, sells and services mid-size industrial gas turbine packages for use in electric power generation, gas compression, and pumping systems. The position will be based in San Diego and will be part of a small team reporting to the Senior Corporate Counsel responsible for Solar Customer Services direct sales support. Solar’s Customer Services organization is responsible for the sale and supply of all aftermarket goods and services (including long-term maintenance and overhaul services) to the owners/end-users of equipment supplied by Solar.

The successful candidate will provide sales contracting support to the business with respect to both domestic and international sales (with a focus on Latin America) of complex industrial equipment and related services. Such support includes but is not limited to conducting a detailed review and analysis of sales contract terms and conditions, advising internal clients of contractual risks, drafting and negotiating sales contract terms and conditions, and identifying, communicating and seeking approvals for deviations from standard risk positions based on Solar’s Risk Assessment Guidelines. Accordingly, candidates must have a demonstrated record of interpreting, negotiating and communicating the substance of complex commercial sales agreements (e.g., global customer agreements; large-scale project agreements; or domestic and international government procurements), and related regulatory and compliance issues, and translating them into appropriate risk management advice using applicable tools and processes. The position requires significant interaction with Solar’s Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, Solar’s Sales and Business Management personnel, other legal professionals and managers at Solar, and there is often direct interaction with the external Customer’s legal, contracts, procurement and operational personnel. Accordingly, excellent interpersonal skills are required in order to advise and collaborate with internal clients, and to negotiate with external customers to protect Solar from risk while also preserving critical customer relationships.

Basic Requirements:

  • 4-year college or university degree, preferably in business or law.

  • Strong experience (preferably at least 5 years) reviewing, drafting and negotiating sales contracts, especially for the sale of industrial goods and services to long-term customers.

  • Fluent in speaking and writing English and Spanish strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated human relations, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision

Top Candidate Will Also Have:

  • Experience in the oil and gas or power generation industries

  • Experience with domestic and foreign complex commercial agreements

  • Some ability to speak and write Portuguese

Additional Details:

  • Location: San Diego, CA

  • “IL – Country of United States” is used for posting reasons only. Position is in San Diego, CA.

Employee benefit details:

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary, because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits [medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401(k)] along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details:

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

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


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.