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Danaher Corporation Commodity Specialist in Ames, Iowa


The Commodity Specialist is responsible for overall supply chain, vendor management, commodity management and purchasing activities. This includes establishing and maintaining strategic sourcing relationships with emphasis on quality, delivery and cost. Responsibilities also include helping to define, develop and refine the purchasing system to meet the needs of internal and external customers. Lead projects designed to change the paradigm of the current purchasing process.


  • Establishes and maintains supply system as assigned to ensure uninterrupted supply of required materials.

  • Makes independent decisions to place and maintain purchase orders to support ongoing material supply including long-term contracts. Determines appropriate amount of inventory to support production and manage risk.

  • Monitors supplier performance holds supplier accountable for performance levels.

  • Takes part in Regular Business Reviews with key suppliers; works with the cross-functional team to establish agenda and compile performance data and analyze against established service level agreements

  • Maintains open lines of communication with suppliers for prompt resolution of quality or delivery problems

  • Places purchase orders and follows through on expedite orders

  • Maintains high level of knowledge about commodity suppliers and market conditions to support strategic sourcing decisions; conducts research to understand overall supply market dynamics and makes independent decisions on procurement matters.

  • Actively engages with operations team and provides a high level of responsiveness and communication as it pertains to supply chain needs

  • Negotiates with suppliers to attain lowest possible total cost for purchased commodities.

  • Maintains supply system database for proper sourcing, procurement lead times, order quantities, prices and internal delivery requirements.

  • Supplier site audits

  • Understands and appropriately manages inventory for new product, transitioning and discontinued product lines

  • Lead projects designed to change the paradigm of the current purchasing process

  • Works with Sourcing team to identify re-sourcing and cost-reduction opportunities

  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving skills by working independently and engaging appropriate cross functional teams to address vendor/part issues.

  • Assists with action plans, root cause and countermeasures for objectives.

  • Structure new items within the system as required supporting new product development.


  • Utilizes critical thinking to drive Problem Solving methods to solve difficult problems.

  • Listen and responds to customer needs

  • Uses breakthrough thinking to drive improvements and growth

  • Demonstrated experience in time management and achieving performance objectives and goals.


The ideal candidate is a talented professional who can develop talent, foster innovation and deliver results.

  • BS or BA degree (preference in Supply Chain, Materials, Logistics, or other Business-related field) and 4 or more years of experience as Buyer/Planner/Materials Management


  • two-year degree and 6 or more years as Buyer/Planner/Materials Management


  • APICs or ISM certification preferred

  • Knowledge and use of word processors, spreadsheets, databases, project scheduling tools, etc.

  • In-depth Knowledge of Hach Purchasing Controls Procedures/Processes

  • In-depth knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, including MRP, min-max, Kanban, inventory management, and planning systems

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to multi-task



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.


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.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here ( .