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Danaher Corporation Sr Supply Chain Materials Planner in Lodi, California

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. As a member of our team, you’ll get to make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, to develop rapid groundbreaking solutions for the world’s most complex health challenges.

Job Description:

• Join a new strategic function at Cepheid accountable for cross functional influence, inventory controls, and factory productivity.

• Material Senior Planner accountable site material planning processes and health. • Manage site inventories and ensure material resources are consistent with production schedules and forecasts, supporting production continuity. • Require proactive inventory management at all areas, inventory health visibility, close partnership with Procurement, Material Handling and Logistics to ensure production schedules are attained. • Situational awareness, excellent communication, and successful track record collaborating cross functionally


Exciting new addition to Global Supply Chain, a new materials planning role where you will ensure material scheduling works effectively in order to ensure material supply meets production requirements with minimum stock levels, while optimizing cost. Your responsibilities include identifying, maintaining, and coordinating materials in accordance to forecasted demand and schedules to ensure inventory levels and safety stocks are planned accurately.

This position is located on site in Lodi, CA.

Essential job responsibilities:

  • Responsible to predict and resolve site specific material planning issues that arise, including over or under delivery and take up immediate actions in the event of material shortages put production at risk

  • Resolve material specifications, creating and maintaining forward looking inventory schedules.

  • Monitor MRP, inventory, customer demand, production schedules, build plans, inventory transactions and rejected material.

  • Coordinate inventory levels and controls to mitigate production impact risk with active safety stock planning, demand forecasts and open orders. Build contingency plans around risk.

  • Coordination with internal departments as valued partner and handle external stakeholder relations regarding expectations, production goals and forecasts, timelines, supplier payments, supplier lead times.

  • Coordination and management of suppliers to organize and ensure scheduled deliveries arrive on time. Or working with Procurement to create second sources, change allocations, or develop new partners.

  • Execute flexible material processes to provide shortage risk visibility, correct safety stock levels, aid business efficiency, and drive new process improvements

  • Lead site materials planning applied across the business, while ensuring SAP MRP Bill of Materials (BOM) integrity, inventory accuracy and inventory movements are handled daily.

  • Oversee responsibility for E&O process to ensure balance sheet has minimum liability

  • Ensure strategic and operational information, reports, and metrics are available to business partners

  • Collaborating closely with customers, suppliers, upstream make operational teams, and distributors.

  • Validate MRP information through direct interaction with production scheduling.

  • Stage inventory levels and execution processes for success to support JIT Kanban environment between inventory staging locations

  • Develop transparency and actions around changes to MPS and LRP driven by MRP/DRP.

  • Develop best fit solutions for supplier management of production utilizing and/or implementing blanket orders, Purchase Orders, VMI, Inventory Reports, Shop order and Sale orders.

    Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering or Supply Chain or related with 8+ years of related experience OR Master’s degree with 6+ years of related experience; MBA preferred

  • Experience within an FDA regulated industry

  • Lean practice awareness or certifications; daily Management, Standard Work, Kaizen’s around Problem Solving, Value stream, Heijunka, Poka-yoke, and Gemba

  • Expert knowledge and experience of Power Point to enable concise data driven communication preferred

  • High level of knowledge and experience in Excel for required analytics preferred

  • Direct Operations experience – in factory or production analytics preferred

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

As part of the Danaher family of companies, our work at Cepheid is supported by a global science and technology innovator. In addition to Danaher’s unrivaled leadership training and professional development programs, this 3 of 3 relationship also provides expanded career opportunities across industries and brands. Together, we are united by a shared purpose: Helping Realize Life’s Potential.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies require all US and Puerto Rico employees to be vaccinated against COVID–19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

Operating Company: Cepheid