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Finished Goods Buyer/Planner in San Dimas, California at Ormco

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: ORM001331

About Us

Since 1960, Ormco, one of the many successful companies owned by Danaher Corporation, has been developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad line of orthodontic appliances and related products for sale in the U.S. and abroad. Ormco provides orthodontists with brackets, wires, adhesives, and ancillary supplies used through the course of treatment.

Ormco believes the direct contact of its sales force with orthodontists facilitates the identification and verification of market trends and new product opportunities. Ormco works closely with orthodontists to improve existing products and develop new products primarily through its Champion programs in which selected orthodontists assist Ormco in designing, developing and ultimately educating users on new product and technique innovations.


SUMMARY:  The Finished Goods Buyer/Planner will plan, release and manage production work orders and purchase orders for all North American production. This position will also be responsible for monitoring and supporting assigned value streams and planner codes including inventory and customer service levels.

  • Releases and manages production work orders in accordance with MRP, Kanban, production plan goals and related planning data.
  • Places and manages purchases orders in accordance with MRP, Kanban signals, production plan goals and related planning data.
  • Works closely with manufacturing and suppliers to prioritize, expedite and de-expedite work orders and purchase orders based on material availability, department resources, changing requirements and customer service requirements.
  • Support the assigned value streams including inventory turns improvement, backorder reduction and coordinating activities with other buyer/planners and departments.
  • Participates in the new product development process and supports supply chain planning activities at the new product team level
  • Manage, monitor and update Kanbans for assigned value streams and production cells.
  • Reviews production plans and plant capacity, lead times, safety stocks and lot sizes to determine resource requirements and constraints.
  • Participates in cross-functional project teams related to planning and process improvement initiatives.
  • Monitor and maintain inventory levels to the company goals at the raw, sub-assembly, WIP and finished good levels.
  • Have basic working knowledge and apply the principles of planning/pull system, MRP horizontal plan, AMU and projected balance calculations.
  • Have base understanding of lean manufacturing and JIT principles including DBS tools and how to apply them in the appropriate situation.
  • Monitor and maintain inventory levels to the company goals at the raw, sub-assembly, WIP and finished good levels.
  • Monitors key planning parameters such as safety stocks, buffer stocks and lot sizes.
  • Support special projects related to material planning, purchasing, system changes and inventory management.
  • Review the monthly Rolling Heijunka Plan (Production Plan) for specific product areas.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.
  • APICS/CPIM/CSPS Certification is a plus

Job Requirements


  • Solid analytical and mathematical skills
  • Basic understanding of MRP
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with many levels and types of people
  • Good written, oral and presentation skills(communication)
  • Problem solving and good business decision making skills
  • Planning and organizational ability
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Bachelor's degree in business or technical field preferred
  • 1+  years of experience in materials planning, production control or manufacturing
  • Previous exposure to Oracle or similar ERP system
  • Occasional travel
Physical Demands/Work Environment: 
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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

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.

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. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
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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 industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #144 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000% 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.