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Chicago, IL

Sr. Data Specialist, Cat Digital at Caterpillar

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Responsible for defining, maintaining and enhancing the Equipment domain for the enterprise including Caterpillar and non-Caterpillar assets. This role will work with partners across the enterprise to define the data requirements to be incorporated/included into equipment domain ensuring coverage, alignment and the link exists between equipment data and customer and transactional data. These requirements are critical to enable the success of our enterprise digital applications and products and serve our customers. This requires deep subject matter expertise of equipment data and a clear understanding of the many use cases for equipment data throughout the organization.
Once defined, the equipment master steward will be responsible for the ongoing quality and accuracy of the domain including facilitating and coordinating data corrections, data changes and data issues/grief. The role will also be accountable for ensuring compliance, security, data privacy and governance, and proper access management of the domain. This role will define and develop the data dictionary and business glossary ensuring understanding and consistency.
  • Act as subject matter expert for the data that resides in Equipment Domain.
  • Responsible for ensuring the data is managed in accordance to policies and standards
  • Support the data strategy and enterprise use cases
  • Define the data standards working with partners across the enterprise
  • Define and validate business definitions for each data element
  • Identify and proactively address the need for changes in the Equipment domain data
  • Define quality rules and checks in place to ensure high quality, accuracy, and usability of the data
  • Develop and own an issue management process and ensure known issues are addressed.

Develop and steward the Equipment Domain to support data and application integration. Development of process to manage data standards and reporting are required. Leverage tools and domain expertise to proactively identify changes needed for quality improvements or improved use of the domain. Monitor and act on any workflow requests for new, changed, or removal of data. Evaluate business cases for data access and grant or deny as appropriate based on use case, security, data privacy and level of access requested. Interact with people from across the enterprise to determine the correct actions for data or domain changes.
  • Maintain knowledge of functional technology of the data management systems as they change with upgrades and new releases.
  • Ensure compliance with the latest data standards supported by the company, marketing, legal, information security (data security and privacy compliance). Understand data requests specific to project needs and ability to prioritize work to achieve the desired results to meet the business goals for those projects.
  • Define the data governance standards and ensure proper implementation. Work with organization partners to ensure comprehensiveness, usefulness, accuracy and understanding of the Equipment domain.
  • Identify missing or incorrect data and data standards. Lead Data Privacy Efforts for the division to ensure proper implementation.
  • The Data Steward will be able to take direction for other data related duties as provided by the leadership team.
  • Employee may also be responsible for performing other job duties occasionally as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Requires a college degree in Business or related field with 5- 7 years of progressively responsible job-related experience.
  • Experience with data management, managing data, understanding data privacy and compliance, etc. is desired.
  • Must have proven decision-making capabilities and significant knowledge of Digital product portfolio and key underlying data sources.
  • Individual should have a solid working knowledge of company policies and practices and good communication and reasoning skills and understanding of data management.

Top candidates will also have:
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical and project management skills
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Strong analysis skills and the ability to access and analyze data independently
  • Experience writing SQL, querying data in Snowflake and using Alteryx
  • The ability to manage ambiguity, work autonomously, and multi-task in an agile and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to distill high level communication into meaningful context and actions
  • Consistently meeting ambitious deadlines and deliver high-quality work on schedule.
  • Ability to navigate and influence in a large matrix organization
  • Maintains positive attitude and approach to work
  • Understanding of and credibility in the field of marketing
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and analytical skills; the ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and persuasively across different audiences and varying levels of the organization.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit motivated by problem-solving
  • Previous experience working with Equipment data including fleet management data, OLGA, Equipment domain, etc. or data domains (e.g. customer, transaction etc. ) is highly desired.

This position has the option to be based out of either our Chicago, IL or Peoria, IL offices with flexibility for partial remote work from home when we return to office.
This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants for this position 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
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What are Caterpillar Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Caterpillar Inc. participates in local volunteer activities such as the Chase Corporate Challenge
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
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Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
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Generous Parental Leave
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Family Medical Leave
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Generous PTO
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Casual Dress
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An Insider's view of Caterpillar

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How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve been with Caterpillar for 20 years now, and I’ve been lucky to work on teams that have different focuses. I’ve worked on everything from engineering applications to the latest and greatest digital technology applications.


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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

The team should be comfortable approaching me with any kind of issue — like improving a process, getting rid of unnecessary ceremonies or something else — and know that I will address it. I believe a manager should be the first line of defense against bugs and conflicting priorities, and my team needs to know that I have their back.


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What projects are you most excited about?

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