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Danaher Corporation Assistant Buyer / Planner in Ames, Iowa


The primary role of this position is to support the procurement function and staff by expediting critical part shortages and past due purchase orders as well as performing overall clerical tasks and database maintenance tasks.


  • Assist Commodity Specialists in the day-to-day procurement of materials as needed.

  • Investigate/Follow up on supplier delivery issues.

  • Maintain product information within ERP system including but not limited to Lead-time, Lot Size, Min/Max//Fixed/Lot Multiple, Safety Stock, etc. with the assistance of Commodity Specialist where required.

  • Contacting suppliers to expedite delivery of late or critical need purchased parts.

  • Escalates purchasing situations to the Commodity Specialist and Manager.

  • Completion of daily tasks assigned to Supply Chain Associates.

  • Performs systems maintenance supporting departmental needs.

  • Develop and maintain spreadsheets and documents as needed.

  • Assist Commodity Specialists in the search for alternate suppliers.

Other Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.


2 or more years’ experience in purchasing office and two-year college or technical degree


0-2 years’ experience in purchasing with a BA/BS in transportation/logistics,

business, or other relevant degree preferred


  • Perform daily duties with a sense of urgency.

  • Understanding of Oracle or other similar ERP systems preferred.

  • Must have proficient computer skills including use of Microsoft Office suite

  • Experience in a production planning or materials procurement environment

  • preferred.

  • Must be able to recognize problem areas and address them accordingly.

  • Ability to quickly acquire new knowledge and skills as necessary.


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.


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


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.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System ( tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here ( .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 202.419.7762 or to request accommodation.If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.