Cat Digital uses digital technologies to help Caterpillar Inc. customers build a better world.
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Our internal and external clients require world class creativity in concept development and access to expanding communication channels to deliver messaging to Cat customers that demand to receive their information on the platforms and languages of their choosing.  If Caterpillar wants to "stand out from the crowd", it requires big picture thinking that leverages customer insights to drive results that remain targeted on the goals of individual industry groups, applications and customers. 


As Creative Director, you will lead a team of Design, Copywriting, Video, Animation and Photography professionals.  The role requires an individual with the ability to develop world class creative concepts, communicate effectively, inspire innovation and provide leadership and development for the team.



  • Translate business strategy into effective creative execution.
  • Support marketing and business unit leadership in the evaluation, development and refinement of creative marketing concepts at the individual project, program and industry levels.
  • Extend the Caterpillar editorial and design platform through all business units, integrating messaging throughout multiple forms of media.
  • Team with account managers and marketing strategists in focusing and translating business partner needs into smart, measurable creative strategies.
  • Contribute strategic ideas and innovative thinking that support business objectives.
  • Enable and support the creative teams in the development of fresh, compelling creative concepts that add to the Caterpillar customer experience and build the brand.
  • Ensure copy is customer focused and portrays Caterpillar “voice” across print and digital channels.
  • Work with functional team supervisors to refine workflow processes to better meet high-volume, high-quality program demands.
  • Actively contribute higher-level ideas and messaging that positions and differentiates Caterpillar from our competition.
  • Keep abreast of business climate changes, including insight into industry, competitive, target audience and marketplace changes.
  • Be aware of major cross-enterprise initiatives, marketing and publicity programs, representing and addressing channel concerns and needs as appropriate.
  • Build strong, collaborative business partnerships with key clients, colleagues, and service providers.
  • Review and approve all creative marketing collateral for quality excellence prior to delivery to clients.
  • Provide overall creative direction and feedback for a team of writers, designers, photographers and videographers to create strategic, cutting-edge, targeted communications.
  • Monitor team performance and give guidance when needed
  • Support forecasting and budget management for the creative team.






Basic Requirements

  • Agency experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading a creative team.
  • Experience with a wide array of media including print, broadcast, online, outdoor and events/displays.


Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Marketing or Communications, or Design
  • Understanding of all aspects of print and interactive design, as well as copywriting.
  • Strong, flexible strategic thinker with vision.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.



  Additional Information

  • Amount of travel is dependent upon if the candidate resides in Peoria or Chicago, IL.  If Peoria, travel is 10% or less.  If Chicago, travel will be around 25% to commute to Peoria.
  • Relocation assistance is provided for this position.


Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. However, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website


EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.


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Where we are

In the heart of Chicago's lively West Loop area, we have easy access to public transport, great bars and restaurants, and an awesome office roof deck.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Amazon Web ServicesFrameworks
    • AWS ElasticSearchFrameworks
    • AWS Code PipelineFrameworks
    • DockerFrameworks
    • ApigeeFrameworks
    • FlinkFrameworks
    • AkkaFrameworks
    • Amazon ECSFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • DynamoDBDatabases
    • RDSDatabases
    • SalesforceCRM

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 stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

An Insider's view of Caterpillar

What are some social events your company does?

Whether we’re working virtually or in-person, we are always looking for ways to have fun and grow as a team. Team dinners, coffee chats, ax throwing, chess club, and virtual happy hours are just a few of the activities we do to make work more fun and connect with colleagues around the world.



What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

It’s amazing to be able to work in an architectural framework where we can negotiate between speed to market and a solid application – software that is well-built, well-designed, well-tested. I find this negotiation both challenging and exhilarating.


Lead Software Engineer

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.


Digital Product Manager

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.


Software Engineering Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

Deep learning algorithms, popularized in the past five years, allow us to scan huge volumes of data from Caterpillar's fleet of connected engines and machines for unusual patterns. We're now able to make sophisticated predictions that wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago.


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