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Materials Planner/Buyer in Kitchener, Ontario at VIQUA

Date Posted: 2/13/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: VIQ000102

About Us

VIQUA (vee-kwa) is a leading water treatment technology company focused on providing residential and light commercial customers with confidence in their drinking water. As a division of a Fortune 500 company, our products are treating water in homes, apartment complexes, campgrounds, resorts, hotels and hospitals in over 100 countries.

VIQUA is looking for highly motivated and creative people to join our Team. We offer competitive compensation packages, comprehensive benefit coverage and a flexible work environment.  If you thrive in a dynamic, fast paced, hands on and engaging environment VIQUA is the place for you! 

VIQUA provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at


Purpose of Position

The Supply Chain Planner-Buyer will coordinate procurement of direct and indirect spend; prepare purchase orders to meet inventory needs in a Lean Manufacturing environment. The Supply Chain Planner-Buyer will review and update demand signals as required to ensure proper supply/demand elements are triggered in the MRP system.

Key Responsibilities


  • Plan and manage current and future MRP requirements based on production needs
  • Prepare and issue purchase orders to suppliers on a daily basis for timely receipt of goods to meet customer/project requirements
  • Review and update demand signals (Kanban) as required to ensure proper triggering in the MRP system
  • Work closely with Production Scheduler and provide necessary support to production floor
  • Review, evaluate, and monitor department purchase requisitions for proper authorizations, specifications
  • Review competitive pricing, negotiate purchase contracts with suppliers ensuring the most cost competitive price, quality, and delivery
  • Negotiate optimum pricing solutions and order policies, terms and conditions with suppliers
  • Evaluate suppliers based on price and delivery performance
  • Works with Engineering in support of new product introduction launches and prototype production builds
  • Prepare supplier and purchasing status reports, administration tasks, such as filing, etc
  • Source and qualify suppliers (local and international) for materials/components, risk mitigation
  • Ability to negotiate contracts for the purchase of production machinery/equipment
  • Manage purchases, cancellations and re-schedule delivery dates
  • Maintain supplier and sub-supplier relationships and strategic alliances to ensure continuous flow of materials throughout the supply chain
  • Uses demand forecasting and negotiating skills to maintain supply of critical inventory items and implements supplier stocking programs where suitable and applicable
  • Prepare and analyze reports as needed
  • Expedite open purchase orders for past due items and ensuring On-Time Delivery (OTD) for all purchases utilizing the Open Purchase Order report
  • Continuous management of Supply Chain Projects Matrix on network drive
  • All other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


  • A self-starter with the ability to set and handle multiple priorities
  • Consistently works on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues
  • Microsoft Office Suite and Access
  • Experience working with MRP/ERP system (BAAN)
  • Excellent communications skills both written and oral
  • Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Degree in Business or College Certificate -Diploma in Supply Chain (APICS/SCMA) or related work experience
  • 8+ years Planner-Buyer experience in manufacturing environment
  • Lean manufacturing – Six Sigma training and experience considered an asset

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 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% 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.