Danaher Corporation Buyer / Planner in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Danaher Company Description
X-Rite is the global leader in color measurement and color management, offering hardware, software and services for measuring, formulating and matching color. The company serves a range of industries, including automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, and medical. X-Rite serves customers worldwide from its offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Description
We are seeking a Buyer/Planner that reports directly to the Materials Manager. This role supports daily production operations by securing an optimum supply of material required for manufacturing to meet daily customer demand. The primary job responsibilities are to utilize and monitor material planning procedures with minimal inventory investment. These procedures involve direct contact with outside suppliers, transportation carriers, Customer Service, Engineering, Marketing, and Operation staffs to meet/exceed current and projected customer requirements.

Key Responsibilities: •Utilize and monitor material planning procedures ensuring consistent quality, delivery, and cost with minimal inventory investment. •Direct contact with outside suppliers, transportation carriers, customer service, and operations staffs to meet/exceed current and projected customer requirements, assuring material availability and optimal inventory levels. •Conduct DMP activities in cells improving parts presentation, kanban execution and material flow. •Forecast monthly material requirements to vendors to ensure material availability, based on historical data and PSI demand. •Identify and manage actual and potential material availability problems. •Root Cause / Corrective Actions to short term and permanent solutions to material supply issues. •Suggest and implement appropriate procurement method (JIT, Reorder Point, Consignment, Reducing Lead-times, or Scheduled Releases) based on part characteristics, supplier, and demand to optimize material velocity and availability. •Contributes, in the capacity of a team member, individually, or as a reference, to resolving materials quality issues and increasing manufacturing productivity. •Frequently participate in, and lead continuous improvement workshops (kaizens) with team members to improve quality, delivery, and productivity. •Achieve department performance goals (ie. On Time Delivery, Inventory Turns, Inventory Accuracy) •Assist in cost reduction projects and implementation of new product/engineering changes. •Kanban Management including: creation, maintenance, audits, and presentation.

Qualification
Qualifications Include: •Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Engineering, or equivalent discipline •3-5 years of purchasing/sourcing experience •Lean manufacturing experience including kanban planning, establishing reorder quantities, inventory optimization, and a strong process orientation •Results driven and possess excellent organization, communication (written and oral), and presentation skills •Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, performing queries in ERP systems (Business Objects), along with data gathering, manipulation, and analysis expertise Ability to perform all essential job functions.

Danaher Corporation Overview
Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years. At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Organization: X-Rite
Job Function: Supply Chain & Logistics
Primary Location: North America-North America-United States-MI-Grand Rapids
Schedule: Full-time
Req ID: X-R000942