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Buyer/Planner in Orange, California at KaVo Kerr

Date Posted: 2/6/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: KAV003720

About Us

KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community.  KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential.  KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.


The Buyer/Planner is responsible for procurement of raw material needed in production and using work orders to facilitate workflow on the shop flow. Also engage in strategic projects and workshops to improve material flow and support inventory reduction activities. The role reports to the Materials Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Place inventory POs based on Kanban signal and business demand and forecast.
  • Coordinate with other sites on changes in demand and forecast, and make appropriate adjustments in procurement settings such as reorder point, reorder quantity etc. based on shelf life and lead time
  • Minimize risk of stock out in production and packaging, while improving on-time delivery, inventory turns and minimizing product expiry due to shelf life constraints
  • Provides strategic information signals into the supply chain, through collaboration with suppliers
  • Leads kaizen improvements including Dynamic Kanban, Value Stream Mapping, Inventory Management at Gemba, TPI
  • Works with the entire supply chain to understand the system including roles and responsibilities
  • Participate and lead the Daily Management for Materials Planning
Key Performance Measurements:
  • On Time Delivery – Including but not limited to late backlog, items impacted by stock-outs
  • Inventory Management at Gemba

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Supply Chain; a combination of education and 5+ years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 2-4 years of experience in Production, Demand Planning or Industrial Supply Chain environment
  • Leadership skills, ability to influence people
  • Strong Analytical Skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong understanding of ERP systems used for Procurement and Production Planning. Oracle knowledge a plus.
  • Self-driven nature to solve day-to-day problems and solve long-term problems, prioritizing accordingly
  • Ability to act independently and make the appropriate decisions with minimal supervision as necessary
  • Strong communication in English (Reading, writing, and verbal)
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast pace environment
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
  • Good manual dexterity
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Loud production environment
  • Working with exposure to bulk powders, organic and inorganic chemicals

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available at:



Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher's Dental Platform is a $3B global business focused on all aspects of dental care.  With the intention to spin-off the Dental Platform to become its own public company in the second half of 2019, “Dental Co” will become one of the largest and most innovative dental companies in the world.  We are changing the face of dentistry with our differentiated portfolio of products designed to serve every dental professional’s need. It is our mission to make our dentist's work simpler and better connected so more patients are cared for in a shorter time. Our dental brands include traditional consumables and equipment (KaVo Kerr) and specialty products (Ormco and Nobel Biocare).