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Manager Information Systems

Glendale, Arizona, United States
August 28, 2017

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Kelly La Rose Krall

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Glendale, AZ 85310


Career Summary

Over 20 years of progressive experience within procurement management ranging from raw materials, component parts, indirect services, strategic outsourcing and lean manufacturing. Proven ability to lead cross functional teams, negotiate contracts, develop long term commodity strategies, utilize e-sourcing tools, manage working capital, complete cost analysis and source from low cost countries.

Professional Experience

Purchasing Manager 2015 – Present

Bissingers Handcrafted Chocolatier - St. Louis, MO

Manufacturer of Fine Gourmet Chocolate Confections


Developed Standard Operating Procedures for Procurement Department which helped identify non-value added services resulting in a departmental savings of over $30,000 yearly.

Created and lead cross-functional teams to design and execute strategies for total company procurement of food packaging and production ingredients.

Negotiated several Supplier Managed Inventory Programs reducing inventory costs and lead times.

Saved company in access of $25,000 yearly by evaluating packing material usage and switching to a more earth friendly and cost effective material.

Developed Non-Conformance Database to record material that does not meet our quality standards. This database is used company wide and ensures that each non-conformance is recorded and disposed of properly. It also supplies the Procurement Department the information necessary in order to evaluate and score Supplier performance.


Develop and implement strategic sourcing activities to meet department objectives.

Continuously source sustainable supply chains for new and existing products while following SQF standards and procedures.

Research and identify secondary sources for high risk products.

Pursue product cost savings opportunities that align with the brand.

Assist in the development of new product ideation and qualify new suppliers/products.

Ensure material availability to meet production schedules by analyzing MRP reports.

Review market trends and analysis to ensure best practices are driven within the cocoa market and react accordingly.

Manage daily operations of the Purchasing Staff, evaluate goals and give yearly performance appraisals.

Purchasing Supervisor 2012 – 2015

O’Brien Corporation, Ametek - St. Louis, MO

Manufacturer of Fluid Transport Systems and Processing Instruments for the Oil and Gas Industry.


Saved company $450,000+ by finding a new source for our largest material spend and negotiating a stocking program which also resulted in a reduction of lead time from 6 weeks to 2 days and reduced inventory costs.

Saved company $73,000 by partnering with supplier and evaluating raw materials used in the production of wooden spools used for packaging. We were able to use more cost effective materials yet maintain the quality and functionality needed to perform the task.

Negotiated several Supplier Managed Inventory Programs reducing Inventory Costs and lead times.

Developed Supplier Database to record On-Time Delivery, performance and quality information used in Quarterly Supplier Performance Reviews.


Manage daily operations of the Purchasing Staff, evaluate goals and give yearly performance appraisals

Qualify new suppliers to compare cost competitive pricing, lead time and quality

Responsible for cost negotiations and final resolution of contractual agreements

Perform Quarterly Supplier Performance Reviews to ensure optimal supplier performance and assist suppliers in meeting company standards

Responsible for yearly cost reduction initiatives for the company

Analyze cost reduction, safety stock and inventory consolidation opportunities

Expedite parts based on production schedule and upcoming projects

Work with Engineering and suppliers to ensure parts and material revisions are reviewed and updated in both systems

Analyze BOM’s for correct assembly and purchased part information

Research and find alternate suppliers and material in case of parts shortages or other supplier issues

Responsible for resolving material non-conformances with suppliers and ensuring corrective action is taken

Update and maintain MRP system for correct lead times, pricing and purchasing records

Forecast and analyze usage of materials and maintain MRP system re-order points and economic re-order quantities.

Procurement Manager 1996 – 2012

Swank Audio Visuals, LLC, St. Louis, MO

International Audio Visual Equipment Rental Company servicing the hotel, resort and conference industries.

Negotiated and managed supplier contracts for rental event technology products, expense products, freight, and service programs resulting in substantial cost savings.

Successfully managed and supported daily procurement operations and logistics to over 370 profit center locations in the United States and international markets, in a high volume, deadline driven environment.

Selected and implemented an automated Requisitioning/Purchase Order System companywide significantly reducing time and increasing efficiency by eliminating manual paper process. This system enabled the Procurement Department to maintain existing staff size while the company grew more than 130%.

Perform Administrator functions for the automated purchasing system by maintaining product and pricing information, providing technical support, and organizing system training.

Provide support to all locations concerning pricing, product, inventory and repair information.

Monitor Fixed Asset purchases with Accounting Department and reconcile Capital Equipment Account monthly.

Generate and reconcile monthly reports for Accounting and create vendor cost comparisons.

Coordinate with the warehouse supervisors to maintain inventory.

Maintain Procurement Department’s inter-company website.


Advanced skills using Microsoft Office suite, Deacom MRP, AS400, SAP, People Soft, MAS90, MRP Systems ADP, Infinium, Peachtree. Experience with C++, HTML, Adobe Dreamweaver, Visual Basic & SQL Server.


Western Governors University 2013-2014

Bachelors of Science – Information Systems Management

St. Louis Community College –Meramec 1988-1990

Associates in Applied Science Degree-Accounting

St. Louis Community College – Meramec 2009-2011

Information Systems-Software Development


CompTIA A+ (801-802)

Microsoft MTA 98-364 Database Administration

Microsoft MTA 98-366 Network Fundamentals

CompTia Project +2009

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