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Manager Purchasing

Colorado Springs, CO
December 29, 2018

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Gerard F Pennello

Peyton, Colorado 530-***-****


With over 20 years of experience in the Aerospace/Defense environment, continue to perform at a high level as Materials Planning/Purchasing Manager in a manufacturing environment. My strengths are in ERP/MRP, Government regulations and flow downs, Purchasing Negotiations, Communications, Analytical, and Continuous Improvement methodologies. I have managed the following departments, Purchasing, Material/Production Control Planning, Shipping, and Stores/Inventory. I contributed to Profits from 11-30% with Government Contracts for incremental annual sales of $40M to $70M.


ERP/MRP Proficient

Efficient in report presentations – Costs Analysis, Inventory Measures, Production Schedules

APICS Certification

Masters Method HTS Classification Certification

UC Davis Executive Leadership Program Certification

ISO 9001:2008

Successful in Long Term Purchasing Contract Negotiations

Detailed oriented and Problem solver, Proactive and Reactive

Excellent Interpersonal and External Verbal and Written Communications

Experienced with ITAR, DFAR, Export/Import HTS Codes, and COO

Knowledgeable of White Book Government Purchasing Standards

Proficient in Word, Excel, and Power Point


July 2018 – Current

Supply Chain Manager: Zwipe America Inc

Manage Inventory, Purchasing, Planning, Shipping, MRP for PCB and IC manufacturing

Perform all ERP transactions for stockroom, purchasing, production, and shipping

Work closely with all engineers to develop and maintain R&D and production BOMs

Purchase all Indirect Material and Equipment

Perform all negotiations with contract manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors

Revamped the stockroom to reach a 93% item count accuracy and 99% total component count accuracy

Reduced shipping costs by analyzing every shipment with each overseas carrier

Control all direct material maintenance for proper planning and lead time

Pursuing Duty Drawback savings for shipments overseas

Gerard F Pennello 916-***-****

November 2015 – February 2018

Manager, Sourcing and Supplier Management: Aeroflex/Cobham Semiconductor Solutions

Managed Purchasing Department, Shipping/Receiving Department, and the Stockroom

Reduced Indirect spend from $750K to $450K in 6 months

Indirect spend became more efficient and cost affective by switching over to an Order Point system and creating more blanket purchase orders with our suppliers (Implemented VMI when possible)

Created the Stand-up board (SQDIP-Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, and Productivity) for the Procurement Dept, representing Corporate/BU KPIs and daily/weekly issues to address.

Met all KPI goals for inventory, spend, and delivery.

Revamped the expedite process to make it more efficient and improve our OTD to 94% from 85%

Successful negotiations with multiple suppliers for multi-year agreements saving from 5 to 15% for direct materials with single source suppliers, and up to 25% for indirect materials.

2009 – July 2015

Sr. Materials Planning/Purchasing Manager: Teledyne Microwave Solutions (TMS) (Mat/Purch Mgt IV)

Promoted to Sr. Materials Manager in 2009 to oversee the following departments: Purchasing, Material/Production Control Planning, and Stockroom/Shipping – Manage a staff of 4 managers and 26 non-exempt employees

Saved $1M in Indirect Purchases within 1 year

$600K/yr reduction in Excess & Obsolete Inventory.

$2.1M reduction in Inventory within 2 years meeting Corporate’s Management Working Capital Goals.

Reduced supplier base by 30% to promote Loyalty, Quality, and On Time Delivery with our suppliers

$600K reduction of pure raw materials inventory, from $1.2M to $600K

Established new policies/standards and procedures for purchasing (import/export controls), ERP/MRP (Master schedule guidelines for production and R&D), Lean Mfg (Kanban and 5S processes).

Saved $550K within the first 6 months implementing Kanban Process internally and externally to our supplier base

2005 - 2008

Material Control Planning/Purchasing Manager: TMS (Mat/Prod/Purch Mgt III)

ECO Board Member – Approved all Engineering Change Orders for the Materials Department

Reduced labor time by 50% to resolve and process supplier rejects and invoice errors

Eliminated missed MRP requirements and Purchase errors by implementing monthly audits against the Master Schedule, Manufacture orders, and Purchase orders.

Saved $1M and cut lead times by 50% creating 2 year Long Term Contracts with suppliers

$600K to $800K Purchasing Cost Savings Goals met every year

Gerard F Pennello 916-***-****

2000 – 2004

Material Control Planning/Purchasing Manager: TMS (Mat/Prod/Purch Mgt II)

93 to 95% Annual On Time Supplier Delivery

Created and trained staff for MRP Item Master & Item Warehouse maintenance procedures

30% Increase in Efficiencies and Accuracies by merging our Material Planning and Purchasing Departments within our MAPICS ERP System

Other Previous Positions at Teledyne Microwave Solutions:

Material Control Planning Supervisor – Management I and II levels

Material Control Senior Planner


Reduced Customer Lead Time (from Order to Ship) from standard 6 months to 4-5 months for Government contracts and 2-3 months for Commercial contracts. I accomplished this by adjusting internal MRP maintenance for lead time, safety stocks, order points, capacity, and negotiated long term agreements with high dollar long lead items.

Implemented Dock-To-Stock and Dock-To-Floor-To Stock Procedure to streamline low hanging fruit from supplier to the stockroom, thus reducing lead time from WEEKS to DAYS internally through the plant.

Organized Master Schedule weekly and monthly meetings with Engineers, managers, and supervisors to adjust/correct when needed

Part of implementation team upgrading our MRP system

Master Scheduler extracting requirements from our Contracts Department

Solved accounting issues by developing new internal rework process


Sacramento State University, Bachelors of Science Degree in Production and Operations

San Diego State University, Emphasis in Business Applications


US Navy for 4 years – Ordered and maintained all food supplies for a crew of 1200 during my last 2 years of service

Gerard F Pennello 916-***-****

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