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This may or may not be the right place to ask - but I have searched online already (SKF-VSM and plain old google search), checked my company's internal parts cross over references, and spoke to a CAT dealer (who told me that OEM CAT parts are made by CAT).

So the long and the short of it is. I am applying for a position at CAT and the job calls for a familiarity with CAT suppliers and vendors. I can't find anything online. If anyone has any resources or knows where I could look to see if some of the people and companies I deal with have overlapping business with them that would be wonderful.

In the spirit of clarity I deal with a variety of automotive parts companies (like Timken, Koyo, Dana-Spicer, Meritor, Eaton, etc.).

Again, I realize that this is marginally out of scope for this site. But would appreciate any and all help as I do research for this role.

  • They are looking for someone with previous experience with other large equipment manufacturers, this is the only way you could ever become familiar with suppliers in that type of industry, I don't think it can be faked or learned online. – Moab Aug 7 at 22:35
  • @Moab, I realize that I already work in a related industry as a Purchaser for a Heavy Duty Automotive chain. However I work in the On-Highway Division, not Off-Highway and I can't ask my colleagues across the hall or someone would figure out that I am looking for work. What I am trying to do here, is see if there are known suppliers that overlap with those I already conduct business with. – user007 Aug 7 at 22:37
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    I really think it is off topic here, but will not vote to close as someone may have suggestions for you, good luck on your new job adventure. – Moab Aug 7 at 22:40
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There are many divisions in CAT and Yes, we mostly manufacture most of the components in house, However as many automotive manufacturers do , we also have a huge vendor list for smaller components .

Long story short, there is no real way even for someone like me who works inside of CAT to know who the dealers are , I suggest you need to probably get in touch with someone on of that department.

I would highly suggest getting on Linkedin to build a rapport and going from there. Hope this helps.

  • Thanks for the insights. This is all stuff that I knew already. I have tried to touch base with people (particularly in Purchasing) but they are equally tight-lipped. I am wanting to apply for a job at within the Finning Division (as a Purchaser) and am hoping to find information about who supplies the PTOs, seals and bearings as I deal with those on the daily at my current job. – user007 Aug 14 at 14:00
  • Also, I would +1 your answer, but I spent all of my rep. on the bounty. Sorry :( – user007 Aug 14 at 14:01
  • @user007 Its alright! Hope you get the job you are seeking. – Shobin P Aug 16 at 7:31

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