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Caterpillar, Inc. Corporate Strategy Associate in Deerfield, Illinois

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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.


To support the Corporate Strategy team to create strategic recommendations for enterprise critical projects that will determine the strategic direction and growth trajectory of the company.


The Corporate Strategy Associate will be expected to support the Corporate Strategy team in tasks including:

  • Development of high-quality strategic options and recommendations for topics critical to enterprise strategy and growth

  • Gathering of qualitative and quantitative industry data and competitive information from publicly available sources, subscribed databases, expert interviews, and from internal Caterpillar business units

  • Integrating, analyzing and summarizing the above data to derive insightful conclusions that maximize business impact and support strategic decision making

  • Development of financial models to supplement corporate development activities, as needed

  • Creating reports and presentations to clearly communicate strategic recommendations and supporting data to senior stakeholders

  • Have, or be able to quickly develop, an understanding of Caterpillar’s businesses and products

  • Strong verbal and written presentation abilities to communicate complex strategic topics articulately

  • The position will travel as needed both domestically and occasionally internationally (will vary by project)

The Corporate Strategy Associate will provide strategic recommendations and analysis to support senior decision makers in the company. This position will demonstrate knowledge of hypothesis driven problem solving and problem structuring, integration and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data, excellent PowerPoint & Excel skills, clear and articulate written and verbal communication, and an ability to thrive in ambiguous situations. Good attention to detail resulting in a quality work output, and good stakeholder management skills are also necessary.

Required Qualifications:

  • This position requires bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, finance, accounting, economics, science, computer science, engineering or mathematics

  • 4-6 years of total professional experience - including 2-4 years in a management consulting or a corporate strategy role, or 2-4 years in an investment banking, private equity or corporate development role

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • MBA or Master's degree

  • Demonstrated excellence in analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking, logic and problem solving

  • Track record of thriving in dynamic professional environments with tight timelines and a high bar for quality of work output

  • Advanced knowledge of PowerPoint and Excel

  • Experience successfully working with large, global and interdisciplinary teams

Additional Information:

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 .

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 an hourly wage, because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of a monthly bonus.

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

Final details

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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.