Senior Buyer
Danaher - Elizabethtown, NC

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OPCO Description

The position is with Specialty Products, within Danaher Sensors and Controls ( Danaher Sensors and Controls manufactures and markets products that sense, measure and control temperature, position, quantity, time, level and flow in the Process Automation and Factory Automation Markets.

The Specialty Products business unit generates approximately $100m in revenue combined with significant operating profit. With two locations; Elizabethtown NC (approximately 60 minutes from Wilmington NC suburbs) and Farmington CT (approximately 20 minutes from Hartford, CT), the business unit has more than 350 associates performing marketing, sales, product development, manufacturing, engineering, supply chain management, human resources, finance and customer service activities. The business is comprised of a variety of product lines under industry recognized brand names including Veeder Root, Eagle Signal, Namco, Dolan Jenner, Joslyn Clark, Superior Electric, Thomson, Hecon, and Partlow. The markets served include electronic timers and counters, mechanical times and counters, voltage control components, variable transformers, thermoplastic bearings, safety light curtains, proximity sensors, fire pump controllers, limit switches and chart recorders.


Danaher Specialty Products is seeking an experienced Senior Buyer to secure from outside sources various commodities used in the production of goods. These commodities are obtained through the use of accepted procurement practice with particular attention to timely delivery, quality and relationship to standard cost. The execution of these tasks shall be conducted with the highest level of personal, professional and ethical conduct.

Strategic sourcing and tactical purchasing execution that supports on-time delivery and superior quality

Develop/Maintain active savings funnel and achieve annual PPV/MCP goals

Develop new sources for existing materials supporting on time delivery, inventory reduction and PPV goals

Support inventory reduction goals with pull systems, consignment programs and lead-time reduction programs

Assist in developing a strategic supply base in Low Cost Regions

Ability to utilize reverse auction tools to support business objectives

Supplier development and project activities including Capital Requisitions, First Article processing, Tooling development and Asset tracking

Champion the Danaher Material Process (DMP) and train suppliers on pull as required

Expedite purchase orders in order to maintain material flow to support operations and customer service

Plans and negotiates long-term contracts with favorable impact on inventory goals, quality, and continuity of supply and corporate cost objectives

Negotiates and facilitates the return of rejected and obsolete material

Reconciles accounts payable discrepancies

Analyzes supplier risk for financial health, single/sole sourced and overall supply interruption risks

Normally receives little instruction on day to day work and general instructions for new assignments


Bachelor's Degree in Business or Engineering, or equivalent discipline

5+ years of purchasing/sourcing experience

Lean manufacturing experience including kanban planning, establishing reorder quantities, inventory optimization, and a strong process orientation

Experience running auction type bidding events

Results driven and possess excellent organization, communication (written and oral), and presentation skills

Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, performing queries in ERP systems (Business Objects), along with data gathering, manipulation, and analysis expertise

CPIM (APICS) Certification is preferred

Danaher Overview

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and consumer products, which all generate approximately $13 Billon in revenue. Danaher’s business activities encompass four reporting segments and are comprised of six strategic platforms: Medical Technologies, Professional Instrumentation (Environmental, Electronic Test), Industrial Technologies (Motion, Product ID, and Focused Niche Businesses) and Tools & Components (Mechanic’s Hand Tools). Danaher operates globally with about 50% of its revenues derived from outside the United States. The Company has significant operating businesses headquartered in Europe and has greatly expanded its operating presence in Asia over the past several years. Danaher is a well-capitalized business, which has historically used available cash flow to fund acquisition activity. Culturally, the company operates in a highly de-centralized model with an extremely lean corporate structure. Danaher has a proven system for achieving performance: the Danaher Business System (DBS). It drives every aspect of the group’s culture and performance. DBS is a system of continuous improvement and is used to guide and measure everyday activities, which has enabled it to double in size about every 5-years with impressive financial performance.



Specialty Products

Job Function


Manufacturing / Operations

Primary Location


North America-United States-NC-Elizabethtown






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