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Danaher Corporation Senior Director, Production Planning and Strategy in Coralville, Iowa

IDT is the leading manufacturer of custom oligonucleotides and proprietary technologies for genomics applications. Our work is complex and cutting-edge, and our team members are curious, creative thinkers who understand that good data drives smart decisions. At IDT, we realize that although science may be uniform, people are unique. We promote a culture where engaged people are motivated and have opportunities to achieve their full potential, as part of one global team.

IDT is proud to work alongside a community of nine fellow Danaher Life Sciences companies. Together, we’re pioneering the future of science and medicine, developing products that enable researchers in the fight to save lives.

Job Title: Senior Director, Production Planning and Strategy

Reports to: Sr. VP of Global Operations

Location: On-Site/Work from Home Hybrid Role

On-Site presence for 25-50% of the time estimated.

Residence within 100 miles of Coralville, IA highly preferred.

Purpose statement:

The Senior Director Production, Planning and Strategy will lead the site materials organization, focused on the execution and continuous improvement of wing-to-wing materials processes. They will partner with the plant managers to develop a customer focused environment that maximizes on-time delivery while minimizing inventory. They will also drive continuous improvement and material flow throughout the plants to collaborate in the site’s lean transformation journey.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of materials personnel in materials planning, inventory, production control and procurement requirements, demonstrating strong integration with manufacturing operations teams and cross functional stakeholders.

  • Define and lead the associated strategy for materials management within IDT.

  • Ensure that standard materials processes and standard KPIs are used to drive lead-time deductions, best in class on time delivery and improved inventory turns.

  • Support the SIOP process: contribute to material procurement timing, order release timing requirements, available capacity & lead-times.

  • Lead capacity requirements planning (CRP) processes by gathering & loading information into planning tools, analyzing data, and providing regular updates.

  • Ensure that the master schedule and production schedules are synchronized using ERP and other tools. Ensure that training and skills necessary to use planning tools are provided and tools are monitored for appropriate use.

  • Report and monitor plant materials related KPIs: inventory balance, inventory turns, on time to promise, on time to need, system health & usage, master data adherence. Also establish the use of key metrics in a metric hierarchy to ensure all materials related activities are meeting expectations.

  • Lead and Monitor all the logistics activities such as incoming receipts, days to stock, inventory accuracy (cycle counts), and shortages.

  • Demonstrates leadership in communicating business goals/programs/processes for an area or business segment. Uses experience and expertise to solve problems.

  • Experience building a production scheduling core.

  • Continuing to manage the material planning core.

  • Provide DBS leadership to operations by expanding IDT’s use of PSI and IMAG.

  • Be the operations lead for global OTD—taking an integrated supply chain approach—revamping how we create customer lead times and manufacturing meeting of those lead times.

  • Taking a medium-term approach of what expansions and equipment are going to be needed at each plant 2-3 years out and what areas of each plant will need to be expanded.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technical field such as science or operations management from an accredited university required; advanced degree preferred


  • Minimum of five years of supervisory and continuous improvement experiences in a manufacturing environment, including direct kaizen experience in material flow required.

  • Experience as a DBSLO preferred


  • Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergent, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or situation in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.

  • Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure.

  • Ability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers.

  • Ability to accept responsibility for the direction, control or planning of an activity.

  • Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.

  • Ability to perform repetitive work or to perform continuously the same work, according to set procedures sequence or pace.

Physical Demand Requirements:

Exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to a minimal amount frequently

What We Offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off Accruals

  • 16 Hours PAID Volunteer Time Off

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Up to eight (8) weeks of 100% paid parental leave to eligible U.S. associates

  • 401(k) with Company Match

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Options

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 68,000 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 is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

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 ( .