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Fortive Corporation Sr. Buyer/Planner in Spartanburg, South Carolina

The Senior Buyer/Planner will direct and coordinate activities of raw material buying, planning and inventory control. This position ensures suppliers meet quality, delivery and cost targets to ensure on-time delivery of finished goods to our customers. This materials-focused role will use Fortive Materials Systems (FMS) methods to drive for consistent materials and production execution. Additional responsibilities will also include daily contact with suppliers to support these vital goals in the company. Summary of responsibilities are -

  • Responsible for blanket purchase order maintenance, placing PO releases for materials, confirm delivery with suppliers

  • Support production team as required ensuring a continuous flow of material to support customer requirements. Resolve any line-down issues including expediting material as needed to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction

  • Track root causes for on time delivery misses / stock-outs and suggest and implement appropriate corrective actions

  • Communicate and coordinate delivery information with operations and customer service team

  • Monitor, sustain and continuously improve kanban system including planning for spike orders and re-sizing (re-calculate bins) to meet current demand patterns

  • Coordinate with suppliers and internal production leads to provide project lead times

  • Initiate, lead and participate in continuous improvement through the use of appropriate FBS (Fortive Business System tools, including IMAG (Inventory Management at Gemba), kaizen, and usage of leader standard work

  • Drive inventory reduction and cost savings (PPV / VAVE) through FBS tools and supplier negotiations

  • Negotiate agreements with suppliers to provide continuous year-over-year improvements in performance, including quality, delivery, cost, and collaboration, through the implementation of programs such as Vendor-Managed Inventory

  • Work with receiving/material handling team to optimize material presentation in cell areas

  • Purchase indirect materials and supplies as needed

  • Active participation in daily order

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, other related fields preferred

  • 5+ years of purchasing and/or supply chain management in a lean manufacturing environment

  • Experience using MRP systems and maintaining Kanban (Experience with JDE Enterprises is a plus)

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and problem solving abilities

  • Excellent negotiation, analytical and problem solving, project management, leadership, and interpersonal skills

  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to deliver results and make an immediate impact

Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of global businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. With more than $6 billion in annual revenues, Fortive’s well-known brands hold leading positions in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution.

Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 24,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 40 countries around the world. Our team grows by tackling challenges that accelerate progress and further their careers. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit:

Located in Spartanburg, SC Venture Measurement designs, manufactures and supplies world class flow meters, weighing equipment, and level instruments with distribution channels worldwide. Our products include flow meters, level switches, inventory control systems, liquid level gauges, microcells and load stands, and are used in industries like agriculture, sanitary food, plastic production, oil and gas production/distribution, pharmaceutical production, general chemical production, and electronics component manufacturing.

"The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Fortive Corporation. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as a Fortive Company. Fortive Corporation and all Fortive Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), age, marital status, disability, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available at: Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should call 1-866-272-5573 or e-mail to request accommodation."