Associate Data Scientist

Job description

Career Area:

Information Analytics

Job Description:


Caterpillar uses quantitative methods such as business simulations, data mining, and advanced statistical techniques to solve problems for internal and external customers. The Information Scientist I is an entry-level, degreed position that leveraging his or her quantitative analysis, data management, and/or data visualization skills as an individual contributor to project teams tasked with solving business problems. Responds to ad-hoc data requests as needed.


Caterpillar uses quantitative techniques to solve problems. Typical problems include maximizing OPACC through improvements in Inventory Costs, Material Costs, NPI costs, etc; determining the principal drivers of health care costs; recommending the optimal supplier for a part; identifying sales, rental, and service opportunities for Caterpillar dealers; and developing simulation/optimization capabilities to model a new facility or product feature.

In addition, analytics professionals also provide assistance to high-profile enterprise-wide projects such as the Engineered Value Chain.

The principal responsibility of this entry level Information Scientist position is to learn and assist: to gain an understanding of Caterpillar’s business, products, systems and procedures; to learn and develop skills which result from the practical application of basic analytical knowledge; and to provide assistance to a project team or others in the work group.

Projects will usually be of short duration and work results will affect those working on the same project or assignment. Typically, decisions will impact routine, low risk issues that may affect the project team, suppliers or internal customers.

Key areas of responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all of the following: locating and obtaining data from various internal and external sources; collecting Critical Customer Requirements; applying associated digital technologies; communicating with internal customers, team members, and stake holders; answering routine requests for information; and providing support to the teams on which he or she serves.

Work is closely directed by a project team leader and supervisor, with regular reviews and updates.

The Information Scientist I demonstrates knowledge and ability to handle basic issues independently. He or she demonstrates very good communication skills and initiative, and an emerging knowledge of Caterpillar Inc., its products and services, and its customers.


Typically requires a 4-year degree, preferably in statistics, economics, mathematics, or a similar field with quantitative coursework – or related experience.

Must be comfortable working in MS Office, and industry standard statistics and data visualization packages Must demonstrate strong initiative and the ability to communicate effectively.

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

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