Buyer/ Planner

Date: Apr 23, 2021

Location: Mt. Juliet, TN, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Company Overview:

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, work holding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.

Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world.  The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports.

DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion.  The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment.  Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary:

The Buyer/Planner is responsible for the management of all purchasing and production scheduling activities for the assigned part family or families.  S/he will work within the supply-chain team and across the global organization to identify purchasing needs, assist in the selection of suppliers, negotiate rates, arrange deliveries, as well as, scheduling of manufacturing operations and managing of production job orders.  S/he will conduct analysis to recommend sourcing decisions and potential manufacturing improvements to product development and operations.  S/he will be responsible for purchasing and scheduling a high volume of parts, equipment, services and materials to meet operational needs in alignment with corporate materials management standards.


The Buyer/Planner reports to the Materials Manager and is in Mount Juliet, TN.  The position requires limited travel (up to 10%).  The position requires the ability to work and communicate globally across the regions with those in all levels of the organization, with customers and suppliers, and to work in teams worldwide.



Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:

  • Promotes safety awareness with other members of the plant team.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement regarding a safe work environment.
  • Supports the continuous improvement roadmap for the materials team.  Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements.
  • Assists in identifying, assessing, negotiating, awarding and managing suppliers and procurement agreements.  Assesses suppliers on a global landscape to recommend best sourcing.
  • Provides cost estimates for purchasing requests in a timely manner, transacts purchases of goods and services including raw materials, machined parts, components or finished goods efficiently with a high level of accuracy and quality to meet manufacturing and product management needs.
  • Communicates with suppliers, discussing quotes and price increases, negotiating rates, and evaluating service and quality. Maintains updated price lists within ERP system, ensuring accuracy in invoicing.
  • Interface with suppliers to verify and ensure best on-time delivery performance on open PO’s and identify and communicate purchased part shortages to be expedited.
  • Participates on cost reduction projects and conducts monthly cost reduction and value analysis. Reviews quotes and recommends sourcing decisions to assist with and ensure supplier selection aligns with cost reductions, quality improvements and delivery requirements.
  • Reviews purchase order and manufacturing work order acknowledgements and updates pricing and delivery dates in ERP system. Provides quantities required during parts shortages to ensure sourcing needs are addressed.
  • Conducts purchasing and planning activities aligned with the supply chain philosophy and strategy, executing and supporting projects.  Designs and implements process improvements with a continuous improvement mind set.
  • Recognizes, understands and addresses sourcing problems in a proactive manner.  Meets with suppliers to understand and resolve issues in a timely manner, reducing impact on operations and sourcing needs.
  • Collaborates with operations, materials and procurement teams to optimize total value and complete work to support organizational goals.  Communicates and completes work globally, ensuring information, quoting and sourcing is completed with global suppliers.
  • Analyze released order shortages that are fillable to identify current problems. Analyze unreleased orders that are fillable to release or identify future problems.
  • Plans and schedules manufacturing work areas considering productivity, daily capacity, material availability, and customer delivery to ensure parts are produced in a timely manner to meet OTD targets.
  • Monitor daily production progress against daily production plan. If target is not met, analyze with manufacturing team root cause and derive countermeasures.
  • Support maintenance of master data parameters to ensure accurate signals for quantity and dates generated by MRP (i.e. production lead times, lot sizing, and safety stock) to minimize excess.
  • Represent Planning / Purchasing in inter-departmental meetings, including but not limited to, participation in cross-functional teams for new product introductions, as required. Work with research and development, process engineering, drafting and engineering records to clear engineering holds.
  • Serve as front line support to customer service teams for assigned product families to provide feedback to customers on past due orders and expedite requests.
  • Assist in implementing systematic solutions to control inventory flow, minimize shortages, and maintain inventory accuracy.
    Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:
  • Builds and Manages Collaborative RelationshipsEstablishes and nurtures numerous relationships within Dover. Takes action to partner with the communities in which we operate and to be an appropriate corporate citizen.
  • Results Driven Produces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
  • Strong Business Acumen and Sound JudgementUses instinct as well as data to accurately assess business situations and industry trends; makes timely, appropriate decisions and implements appropriate plans while living the Dover Values.




  • Requires five (5) years of planning or purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in working with suppliers including price negotiations and cost reduction initiatives
  • Experience analyzing quotes and conducting value analysis for strategic sourcing decisions
  • Experience in global sourcing preferred
  • Experience recommending and implementing continuous improvements in sourcing preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills
  • Analytical, ability to review and interpret data and make recommendations and decisions
  • Strong Knowledge, understanding and practice of MRP principles.
  • Excellent project management skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Self-directed and able to re-calibrate priorities as needed
  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain positive relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Ability to problem solve and lead others in problem-solving activities
  • High integrity and ethics
  • Intermediate or advanced level of experience with Excel
  • Experience with planning within an ERP system; Oracle experience preferred.


Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in supply chain management or related field
  • Professional certifications from APICS, ISM, APS etc. are highly preferred.


Travel Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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