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Danaher Corporation Director, Materials & Planning in Indianapolis, Indiana

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences’ mission is to empower those seeking answers to life’s most important scientific and healthcare questions. With a legacy spanning 80+ years, we have long been a trusted partner to our customers, who are working to transform science and healthcare with the next groundbreaking discovery. As part of our team of more than 2,900 associates across 130 countries, you’ll help drive our vision of accelerating answers—and our commitment to excellence.

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences 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.

Do you enjoy making an impact on a growing business? As Director of Materials & Planning, you will lead product lifecycle management (PLCM), sales & order planning/forecasting (S&OP), global on-time delivery and global inventory management for the Beckman Life Sciences company; and, production planning for its Biotech Operations business! The scope encompasses Key Performance Indicators for sales & production forecast accuracy, on-time delivery and inventory turns performance. The role has accountability for working globally and cross-functionally within and across Danaher operating companies in a highly matrixed organization with the objectives of continuous improvement and achieving global goals.


Product Lifecycle Management (PLCM)

  • Drive and develop product obsolescence & discontinuance plans in partnership with sales and product marketing organizations

  • Align demand and supply plans on New Product Introductions (NPIs)

  • Develop production, sell-down and scrap plans on obsolete or discontinued products in partnership with sales, product marketing and finance teams

Global Sales & Order Planning / Forecasting (S&OP)

  • Establish & lead process for alignment of Production, Sales & Inventory (PSI) volumes at senior executive through factory production planning levels of organization

  • Deliver 0.75-to-1 inventory turn improvement per year across the company’s global manufacturing, service and finished goods inventories

  • Develop variance reports and problem solve to root causes with permanent countermeasures

Global On-Time Delivery (OTD)

  • Develop global processes & capabilities to deliver 95+% OTD to Beckman Coulter Life Sciences customers

  • Perform problem solving and develop and deliver action plans that permanently countermeasure OTD performance issues

Biotech Operations Production Planning

  • Ensure production capacity and on-hand inventory accomplish OTD and inventory turns objectives with direct responsibility for Indianapolis factory operations and indirect responsibility for factories in San Jose, CA; Loveland, CO; Miami, FL; and, Baesweiler, Germany.

  • Define daily production rates to enable level-loading of factory demand

Lean Management Practices

  • Foster a continuous improvement environment that effectively uses daily management to drive safety, quality, delivery, inventory and productivity

  • Improve the performance of value streams by implementing and sustaining lean conversion principles to meet customer requirements

  • Ensure elements of daily management are evident and sustained including root cause analysis for missed metrics

  • Lead and engage employees during Kaizens to drive continuous improvements

  • Lead day and off-shift operations and on-call responsibilities, including weekend shift coverage rotations


  • B.S. with Minimum of 14+ years’ experience in supply chain & manufacturing; or Masters with 12+ years’ experience in supply chain & manufacturing with 6+ of those years in leadership roles. High mix, low volume environment is strongly preferred.

  • Proven success working in highly matrixed environments in which high influencing skills are required

  • Expertise or ability to coach in statistics and statistical process controls

    When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 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 ( .