Senior Buyer/Planner

Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, 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 for the Wheeling Plant is responsible for obtaining the best quality, service and value when sourcing materials for the organization that enables cost savings, quality materials, and on-time delivery for operational excellence.  He/she will work within the supply-chain team and across the global organization to identify purchasing needs, assist in the selection of suppliers, negotiate rates and arrange deliveries.  He/she will conduct analysis to recommend sourcing decisions to product development and operations.  He/she will be responsible for purchasing of parts, equipment, services and materials to meet operational needs in alignment with corporate materials management standards. 

The Buyer reports to the Materials Manager, Wheeling. The position is located in Wheeling and requires some travel (up to 10%).  The position requires the ability to work and communicate across the globally across the regions with all levels of the organization, with customers and suppliers, and work in teams worldwide.


Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:

  • Assists in identifying, assessing, negotiating, awarding and managing suppliers and procurement agreements.  Assesses suppliers on a global landscape to recommend best sourcing.
  • Monitor Shortages, backlog, and inventory levels for assigned manufacturing areas to maximize on time delivery performance and minimize inventory investment
  • Make recommendations on inventory levels as demand changes.
  • 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, ensuring accuracy in invoicing.
  • 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 acknowledgements and updates pricing and delivery dates in ERP system. Provides quantities required during parts shortages to ensure sourcing needs are addressed.
  • Conducts purchasing activities aligned with the supply chain philosophy and strategy, executing and supporting sourcing projects through selected and approved suppliers.  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.


Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in Destaco with appropriate expectations for the job level:

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: identifies opportunities to develop new solutions. Change agent, collaborates for results, manages risk, takes responsibility for all aspects of the organization
  • Winning the Right Way: Creates a culture that is committed to the highest ethical standards, conducts business within those standards.
  • Global Strategic Mindset: Has strategic vision, possesses long term focus, creates breakthrough strategies to alter competitive dynamics in the market and establishes a series of competitive advantages yielding profitability that exceeds expectations of the organization.
  • Customer Value and Market Focus: Knows and understands the global market and global manufacturing best practices. Ensures superior value delivered to customers/markets.
  • Results-Driven: Produces results that meet or exceed Dover standards of performance.
  • Strong Business Acumen and Sound Judgment: Uses instinct and data to accurately assess business situations and industry trends; makes timely decisions.
  • Builds and Manages Collaborative Relationships: Establishes and nurtures relationships to meet and exceed the expectations of key stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Motivates and Inspires: Creates and drives change and encourages others to join in.
  • Attract, Develop and Retain Talent: Recognizes and utilizes potential of all employees.
  • Self-Awareness and Personal Development: Develops self-awareness. Seeks and accepts feedback, understands and maximizes strengths while developing new areas.


Job Requirements:


  • Requires five (5) years of 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.
  • Oracle experience a plus






Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills
  • Analytical, ability to review and interpret data and make recommendations and decisions
  • Computer literate, Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • High attention to detail, ensures accuracy of materials
  • Ability to manage multiple projects working independently and on global teams
  • Flexible, learns quickly, adapt to changing needs with the varying priorities of the organization
  • 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, ensures confidentiality of all pricing strategies for the organization
  • Excellent communicator including interpersonal, verbal, and written skills
  • Strong business acumen


Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required in supply chain management or related field


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.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Illinois : Wheeling

Sub Division : Industrial Motion Controls, LLC

Job Requisition ID : 43693

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