Buyer/Planner in Nationwide US at WET Labs

Date Posted: 4/2/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: WET000081

About Us

A wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), WET Labs ( is a national corporation headquartered in Philomath, Oregon.

WET Labs is dedicated to developing and manufacturing underwater instrumentation to detect vital biological, chemical and geological parameters and processes of the earth's oceans, lakes and streams. Our leading edge underwater sensors include fluorometers, transmissometers, scattering sensors, and spectrophotometers that reliably provide accurate data about the Inherent Optical Properties of the aquatic environment. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at WET Labs/Danaher gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.


The purpose of this role is to satisfy customer on time delivery expectations while meeting the inventory level goals.  This role requires performing a variety of purchasing related tasks, as well as analyses of usage and developing planning parameters.  This position relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Quote, place and maintain purchase orders to support manufacturing

  • Communicate priorities and schedule changes to suppliers to support manufacturing

  • Build positive working relationships with suppliers and identify opportunities to build flexibility and robustness into supply base

  • Responsible for Kanban implementation, planning processes and inventory management

  • Work with suppliers to achieve quality and delivery targets

  • Identify and implement Purchase Price Variance (PPV) opportunities to reduce costs

  • Escalation point for maintaining inventory accuracy, reconciling inventory discrepancies, and troubleshooting problems

  • Determine root cause and countermeasures to eliminate inventory discrepancies and lead corrective action activities related to inventory

  • Participate in the engineering change workflow and New Product Introduction, and implemented change orders

  • Use and maintain visual management

  • Participate in Kaizen events or improvement project teams

  • Other duties as assigned

WET Labs is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Requirements


  • BA/BS in Supply Chain, Business or Materials related field, or a combination of education and work experience totaling 2 years

  • Minimum of 1 year experience with inventory in a manufacturing environment

  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word; including calculations, spreadsheets, graphics and statistical tools, etc.

  • Strong understanding of ERP/MRP software and inventory processes and planning

  • Excellent writing, presentation and oral communication skills with the ability to effectively interface with a variety of people at various technical and management levels

  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management

  • Working knowledge of quality principles and tools (problem analysis, statistical tools, design of experiments, control charts, and other quality methodologies)

  • Working knowledge of the Toyota Production System (Danaher Business System) preferred

  • Purchasing experience preferred

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 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% 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.