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Supply Chain Quality

Lexington, South Carolina, United States
June 07, 2019

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Kenneth Labbe

**** ********** **.

Florence, SC *9051

Cell: 843-***-****


-Strong experience in Strategic Sourcing, as well as Tactical Purchasing.

-Highly motivated, hardworking procurement professional.

-Project management transition skills.

-Strong negotiation skills and a deep knowledge of supply chain dynamics.

-Effective knowledge of JIT, VMI, Consignment Contracts and programs.

-Sourcing domestically and globally over a broad range of commodities.

-Effective in cost reduction programs.


Wellman Advanced Materials, Johnsonville, SC 2018–Current

Industrial Recycling.

MRO Specialist –

-Lead position on all Capital Project Spending.

-Evaluates new/incumbent suppliers to ensure they meet quality/pricing criteria.

-Develops strategies for key suppliers.

-Works cross functionally to develop cost down programs internally/externally.

-Contribute to Supply Chain goals through quarterly KPI meetings.

-Identify and move/sell obsolete MRO inventory. (YTD $52K+).

-Works closely with purchasing, facilities and operations.

Husqvarna Outdoor Products, Orangeburg, SC 2013–2017

Outdoor Product Industry, producing retail and commercial lawn tractors.

Procurement Specialist –

-Lead position eight month off site tool/molds relocation project.

-Integrated eighteen suppliers into Consigned inventory VMI or JIT programs.

-Created off book value appx. $3.5MM. with incumbent suppliers.

-Tool Database: track molds/dies/fixtures (appx 3K) at twenty-two locations.

-Lead Weekly Tool Update held with corporate and tactical participation.

-Created visibility for tools/molds added for capacity, repaired or PM’d.

-Managed supplier delivery issues implemented plans to improve supplier OTD.

-Wrote and monitored vendors via SCARS, supplier visits, consolidation, etc.

-Developed SIPOC diagrams to stakeholders to open process bottlenecks.

-Designed process flow charts showing current and future state dept. conditions.

Titeflex Aerospace, Laconia NH 2011-2012

Fluid Transfer Systems for the Airline Industry.

Senior Buyer –

-MRP and purchasing with fifteen suppliers, (US, China) $6MM.

-Solicited and evaluated proposals, negotiate pricing, quality and terms.

-Sourced Nadcap approved, ISO/AS Certified-broad range of machined parts.

-Assuring the commodity is delivered on time, with quality, and optimal cost.

-Effectively managing multiple sourcing projects-machined/stamped parts.

-Leveraged tubing suppliers to maintain standing inventory and price guarantees.

-Tubing suppliers included: titanium, aluminum, stainless steel.

Barry Controls Inc, Hopkinton MA. 2007-2011

Anti-Vibration Industry for Defense, Truck and Rail.

Sourcing Specialist-

-Developed sourcing strategies identifying potential sources globally.

-Managed risk mitigation through parallel source selection.

-Developed cost analysis to contract negotiations.

-Effectively managed a supplier portfolio of over twenty-five suppliers.

-Sourced, metal castings, stamped & machined parts, spinning, forgings.

-Including sintered metal, springs, tooling. Appx: $16MM spend annually.

-Contracted added value processes: anodizing, phosphating, passivation, plating.

-Experience sourcing in Mexico, China, Canada, USA, Europe.

-Credited with company cost savings in excess of $1MM

-Reported to the VP of Operations with internal and external market conditions. -Performed supplier audits for heavy truck and auto industries as a team off site.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Newington NH 2004-2007

Temperature Control Division producing state of the art chillers for the medical and

Semi-conductor market.

Commodity Specialist-

-Worked closely with engineering, Asian and European contacts.

-Practical Process Improvement (PPI) and Lean Manufacturing training.

-Customer driven quality, supplier negotiations.

-Emphasis on MRP, tactical purchasing: appx $8MM annually, sixteen suppliers.

-Sourcing lead for new products cost reduction efforts to improve gross margins.

-Purchasing: PCB’s wire harnesses, Mexico and China, stampings, sheet steel.

-Coordinated value added processes: painting, metal coating, etc.

-Cross functional team approach to LCR sourcing.

-Team leader in daily production meetings to improve plant wide shortages.

-Work closely with finance to correct and process invoice discrepancies.

-Attended quarterly cost reviews to accurately value inventory.

Waterpik Technologies Rochester NH 1999-2005

Heating Division producing heating systems for home and commercial applications.

Senior Buyer-

-MRP buying for six product lines, appx. $6 million annual inventory.

-Completed multi-sourcing projects covering: cast iron and bronze castings.

-Including stamped metal and plastic components, wire harnesses, etc.

-Projects encompassed tooling, machining, financial, freight and delivery terms. -Total project maintenance to ensure prudent inventory transition levels.

-Implemented visual pull signals, vendor managed inventories.

-Constantly seeking to develop high quality global suppliers.

-Heavy use of competitive bidding, and leveraging.

Watts Industries Andover MA 1993-1999

Valve Manufacturer

International Buyer/Planner-

-Heavy emphasis on import buy/sell program, (e.g) Watts Brass & Tubular.

-Imported: ball valves, plumbing fixtures, flanges, fittings, etc.

-Responsible for twenty-eight suppliers ($15mm/annually).

-Product price negotiator.

-Coordinator of shipments to national warehouse facilities.

-Broker interface, import freight rate negotiation, term and duty.

-Stocking programs to schedule and release to Watts production facilities.

International Contract Administrator-

-Contributed to many contract and price negotiations.

-New Product sourcing and development (Asia/Europe).

-Supporting domestic production requirements from these global theaters.

-Established (with Sales and Engineering) product specs.

-Created shipping schedules, & lead time agreements through blanket orders.

-Completed, prepared and analyzed RFI’s and RFQ’s.

-Reported to senior management.


Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, NH 1993 (GPA 3.4 out of 4.0)

Bachelor of Science – Business Studies/Accounting

Ariba,Visio experience.

Manufacturing Lean Training with Thermo.

Seminars 2015-16: Completed two (2) Gung-Ho sessions.

Flight of the Buffalo (Awarded the Goose for Employee Empowerment).

One (1) session each: Coaching for Improvement, Developing Others,

Crucial Conservations, Dysfunctions of a Team

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