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Hach Company - Ames, IA

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OPCO Description

HACH COMPANY ( 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. As a recognized global leader in the industry, we have enjoyed strong, consistent growth year over year. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.


Purpose of Position:
To manage and coordinate production levels to satisfy customer on-time delivery expectations while balancing inventory levels and production capacity. Also, perform order management by providing or expediting expected ship dates for customer orders and communicating changes to customer service

Essential Functions:
Develop a master schedule that is consistent with company objectives for customer service levels and inventory levels.

Using MRP, re-order points, heijunka reports, and product knowledge, provide due dates of assigned products by coordinating with appropriate manufacturing areas. Update priorities as needed.

Resolve schedule problems throughout the day by closely coordinating with necessary departments.

Manage raw material levels for both MRP and Kanban parts.

Activate and/or scan Kanban cards as necessary to ensure proper raw material stocking levels and custom/spike order planning.

Work with support departments (Purchasing, sister companies, etc.) to maintain correct inventory and safety stock levels.

Maintain assigned database fields for new and existing products.

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.

Attend design and implementation meetings to assist in new product introductions.

Order management

Meet the promised OTS dates, or expedite orders, via coordination and communication with Production, Purchasing, Shipping, Customer Service and other departments and sister companies.

Communicate with Customer Service, Analytical Services, Engineering, Inventory Control, Marketing or other areas as necessary to resolve questions and problems on products and customer orders.

Advise production management regarding current and future work-loads.

Participate in meetings to plan work-load, expedite out-of-stocks, plan resource utilization, work on projects, resolve problems, etc.

Manage Inventory levels for assigned report codes

Manage database fields for safety stocks, lot sizes, and lead times to minimize inventory while providing appropriate stock availability.

Use scheduling techniques to achieve increased flexibility, floor space and turnaround time by reducing work-in-process inventory and overall lead times.

Initiate NCNs to quarantine, re-work and control non-conforming products

Implement ECO changes in accordance with the quality system guidelines

Suggest improvements and support kaizen and DBS activities

Comply with company safety and good housekeeping policies

Other Non essential Functions:
Assist with inventory transactions and problems.

Other duties as assigned by manager.


Education, Background and Skill Requirements

  • High school diploma/ GED or equivalent AND one of the following 3 requirements:
1. BS Degree in Logistics (topics are covered within curriculum).

2. All of the following

  • Standard work kaizen completion with demonstrated understanding of takt time vs. cycle time
  • DMP kaizen completion with demonstrated understanding of ROP, SS, leadtime and impact of variation on ROP
  • DMP kaizen completion with demonstrated understanding of benefits of pull vs MRP
  • Previous experience with cycle count
3.Successful completion of 1 of 3 APICS Certification Exams (Basics of Supply Chain Management, Master Planning of Resources or Detailed Scheduling & Planning) with successful completion of 2 of 3 APICS Certification exams within 1 year of hire.

  • Previous experience with MRP planning and pull planning systems preferred
  • Previous experience with inventory control beneficial
  • Good PC skills with Microsoft products
  • Math skills, including decimals and conversion factors (metric/English)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Ability to effectively interact with internal and external contacts
  • Ability to adapt to frequent changes
  • Creative and innovative
  • Organized, efficient, accurate and detail oriented
  • Ability to handle stressful situations
  • Ability to make fact based decisions
  • Ability to assimilate and use a broad spectrum of information
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to complete accurate work with frequent interruptions
  • Possess working knowledge of computer inventory systems
  • Possess a thorough understanding of Hach processes and procedures, or equivalent external experience
ENVIRONMENT : Office environment.

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

The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.

Danaher Overview

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and consumer products, which all generate approximately $17 Billion 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.




Job Function


Supply Chain / Logistics

Primary Location


North America-United States-IA-Ames






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Danaher is a well-diversified industrial and medical conglomerate whose products test, analyze, and diagnose. Its subsidiaries design,...