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Danaher Corporation Buyer/Planner in Richmond, Illinois

Leica Biosystems’ mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. We’re a global leader in cancer diagnostics with the most comprehensive portfolio from biopsy to diagnosis. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence.

Our associates know that every moment matters when it comes to cancer diagnostics. When you come to work, you’re helping develop solutions that enable accurate diagnoses to turn anxiety into answers. Join our diverse, global team of talented people, and be inspired to grow every day.

Leica Biosystems is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Diagnostics Companies at Danaher. Together, we’re working at the pace of change to improve patient lives with diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges.

Responsible for globally managing, maintaining, buying and planning for the different product groups offered by Leica Biosystems. Planning methods include MRP, ROP and Kanban/eKanban depending business requirements. Effectively manage and coordinate communication, including forecasting activities, with cross functional teams including Sales, Marketing and Production both on site and globally as needed. Confidently perform analysis, train others on these concepts, analyze and manage open orders against inventory and stocking plan to drive on-time delivery while minimizing cost and overhead.

Key involvement in special initiatives within the Global Supply Chain team and other additional projects as needed or assigned.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage stock levels through prescribed planning models, including min/max, Just in Time, CRP, Kanban, or MRP

  • Work with defined sales and marketing figures to define forecast for responsible items

  • Optimize productivity, inventory and freight spend though capacity and takt planning, along with other long-term planning at the BUs

  • Meet key deliverables such as On-Time Delivery and Inventory value through daily management

  • Develop/publish root cause and countermeasure analysis using Problem Solving Process

  • Supplier maintenance including creation and management of POs, escalating price discrepancies, supplier OTD and overall supplier performance

  • Drive corrective actions to resolve supplier failures

  • Create, review and update item master information within SAP

  • Manage material movements including scrapping and internal use for finished goods


  • Ability to multitask and work effectively under pressure

  • Self-driven

  • Ability to adapt to changing business priorities, initiatives, requirements

  • Ability to quickly identify and react to business trends, and customer needs

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written)

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to collaborate with business partners, both within and outside direct peer group

  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in related discipline preferred: Business Administration, Supply Chain Management

Experience: 3 – 5 years experience in purchasing and supply chain roles within a manufacturing company

  • Excellent skills with Excel

  • Prior ERP experience (SAP preferred)

Travel: Infrequent, as required

Language: English


When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 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 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.