Planner II in Ames, Iowa at Hach

Date Posted: 8/7/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: HAC007043

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensuring water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use solutions.


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.


Make a difference - join us to ensure water quality for people around the world. In the Planner II role, you will be responsible for managing and coordinating production levels to satisfy customer on-time delivery expectations, while balancing inventory levels and production capacity. A champion of developing new planning tools, you will implement pull planning systems and help define, develop and refine the planning system to meet internal and external customer needs.

  • Establishes and maintains supply system as assigned to ensure uninterrupted supply of required materials.
  • Makes independent decisions to place and maintain signals to support ongoing material supply. You will also determine appropriate amount of inventory to support business needs and manage risk.
  • Develop a schedule that is consistent with company objectives for customer service levels and inventory levels.
  • Using MRP, re-order points, heijunka reports, Kanban, and product knowledge, provide due dates of assigned products by coordinating with appropriate functional areas. Update priorities as needed.
  • Work with support departments to maintain correct inventory and safety stock levels.
  • Manage database fields for reorder points, safety stocks, lot sizes, and lead times to minimize inventory while providing appropriate stock availability.
  • Input and update BOM’s and routings, using product knowledge and information provided by other departments.
  • Maintain manufacturing notes, work order comments, and assigned item master fields.
  • Advise production management regarding current and future work-loads.
  • Cross-train the planners and others as needed to ensure back-ups are available and ready when needed.
  • Actively engages with operation teams and vendors to provide a high level of responsiveness and communication as it pertains to supply chain needs.
  • Assists with action plans, root cause and countermeasures for objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned by leadership team to ensure business and customer objectives are met.
  • Ability to travel globally up to 50% of the time
Key Behaviors for Success
  • Demonstrated experience in utilizing critical thinking skills to drive problem-solving methods to solve difficult problems.
  • Ability to work independently, while engaging appropriate cross functional teams to address issues.
  • Uses breakthrough thinking to drive improvements and growth.
  • Demonstrated experience in time management and achieving performance objectives and goals.
  • Must be able to have schedule flexibility to support the Global operations with early/late night communications.

Job Requirements


  • 3 or more years of experience as a Buyer or Planner and a two-year college or technical degree OR 1 or more years of experience and a BA/BS degree in transportation/logistics, materials, business or another related field.
  • APICS CIPM certification preferred but not required.
  • Oracle experience a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, including MRP, inventory management, and planning systems.


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. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach.  The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. 
The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

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. 

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels. 

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.
Hach 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.

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 71,000 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 #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.


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