Fortive Corporation Buyer / Planner in Radford, Virginia

Buyer / Planner

About Us:

Kollmorgen is part of the Fortive group of businesses located in Radford, Virginia. More than five decades ago, Kollmorgen developed the direct drive technology that enables some of today’s most remarkably innovative machines.

We helped engineers build the first self-contained artificial heart. Our end-to-end onsite engineering resulted in China’s first air-jet loom for manufacturing, and we’ve been a pioneer in hybrid motor technology for transportation for two decades.

Our infrastructure, our intellectual knowledge, our passion and experience are testament to our pursuit of motion excellence. And because of our heritage of customization, we see opportunities, not obstacles.


The Buyer / Planner directs and coordinates activities of cell buying, material planning, and inventory control. This person ensures suppliers meet cost, quality and delivery targets. This team member will also ensure on-time delivery of finish goods to customers.

The ideal candidate is results-driven, assertive, collaborative, detail-oriented, and has a strong sense of urgency.


  • Coordinates delivery information for all purchased parts for their assigned cell(s)

  • Responsible for PO / Blanket PO maintenance (launching, invoicing, RTV, expediting)

  • Supports negotiations for target lead-times and desired package sizes

  • Aligns supply chain to future customer demand

  • Works directly with Material Tech and Quality Department to resolve pending material issues

  • Participates in daily Gemba reviews of materials and manufacturing as applies

  • Ownership of material stock-out reduction/elimination

  • Measure and communicate supplier Q, D and C performance

  • Participates in the development of new products

  • Responsible for cost savings projects (PPV, VAVE, …)

  • Responsible for inventory reduction projects

  • Implementing a forward planning process to minimize purchase part shortages

  • Recommends corrective actions to improve/sustain inventory accuracy

  • Leads development and implementation of planning systems for new products and product transitions

  • Translate customer demand into an executable production plan

  • Drives production schedule and shortage review daily

  • Implements best materials planning and scheduling practices to improve efficiencies and on-time delivery to customers, providing leadership around methods, tools, and current best practices

  • Facilitates kanban process for relevant product line

Kollmorgen is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • Understanding of ERP systems, Oracle experience a plus

  • Strong Excel skills

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Previous buying experience

  • Previous planning experience

  • Lean manufacturing background (kanban management)

  • Understanding of inventory turns and how to optimize results

  • Results driven

  • Team player, self-motivated

  • Passionate about application of FBS (Fortive Business System) tools

  • BS in Engineering, Supply Chain or Business is preferred, or 4 years supply chain experience instead

Fortive Corporation Overview:

Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of global businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. With more than $6 billion in annual revenues, Fortive’s well-known brands hold leading positions in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution.

Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 24,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 40 countries around the world. Our team grows by tackling challenges that accelerate progress and further their careers. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit: .

Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Primary Location: North America-United States-VA-Radford

Organization: Kollmorgen

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: KOL001097