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Senior Buyer

Thousand Oaks, California, United States
January 13, 2017

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Kelly Murphy

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Procurement Specialist – Senior Buyer/Planner – Materials Manager


Procurement Specialist/Materials Manager with extensive hands-on experience who consistently meets or exceeds corporate goals and operational deadlines and brings passion and dedication on a daily basis. A problem-solver with strong leadership ability and a proven ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, with special attention to detail and gating item(s) orientation. A self-starter who is able to conceptualize and implement innovative processes and solutions, controlling costs and improving profitability. Excellent organizational and overall analytical skills. Representative skills include:

Planning/Buying material to production schedule forecast (MRP, ERP, Manual)

Quoting (RFP, RFQ), price negotiation, awarding and follow-up of contracts

Building strong, professional, mutually beneficial partnering vendor relationships

EAR99 / FAR / DFAR / ISO9001 / AS9100C

Inventory Management and Control

Streamlining/planning for maximum troubleshooting effectiveness.

Managing Stockroom Personnel and Stockroom Processes

Managing Production Personnel and Production Processes


Materials Manager, Senior Buyer/Planner

ESI Motion (OEM) January 2013 – May 2016

Procurement of all commodities, including PCBs, PCBAs, electronic components, custom metal and custom plastic fabrication, specialty items, hardware, etc.

FAR/DFAR flowdowns and requirements applied and documented for traceability where required.

Building of manual inventory system in lieu of mainframe to create internal data base, planning, purchasing, component traceability, and inventory turns.

Transfer of top level bills of material (BOMs) to indented BOMs,(in lieu of a document control department)

developing processes and procedures to facilitate kitting and production routing.

Created the structure for inventory control within a manual material routing system from procurement through end shipments providing full traceability.

Building of stronger supplier base and added multiple sources where possible.

Cost savings where possible.

Developed strong professional relationships with engineering peers

Supervision of procurement, stockroom, production, and receiving.

Senior Buyer / Planner

Capstone Turbine (OEM) 2011– 2013

Procurement of primarily custom commodities; metal fabrication, mechanical, electronic (PCB’s, PCBAs, electronic components, active and passive), miscellaneous supporting commodities.

Weekly tracking of goals through KPI’s.

Inventory control in conjunction with overall operational goals and personnel to create revenue linearity between incoming inventory and forecasted corporate sales.

Weekly interaction with finance management to coordinate and support supply chain decisions.

Continuous Lean Training.

Senior Buyer / Planner (Acting Manager)

360 Systems (OEM) 2007 – 2010

Purchasing and Planning of all direct materials, including but not limited to, PCBs, PCBAs, electronic components, custom metal and plastic fabrication, etc.

Set up manual MRP/shortage system in lieu of mainframe system to create internal structure.

Coordinated the transfer of tribal knowledge (BOMs) to manual, including processes and procedures.

Work to structure inventory control in conjunction with operations personnel and create an effective manual material management system.

Overall inventory reduction of 71%; 60% reduction in top 100.

Stronger supplier base, multiple sources where possible.

Cost savings

JIT, external bonds to forecast, and converted to turnkey where possible.

Developed strong professional relationships with engineering peers.

Supervisory intervention in priority task management with stockroom and shipping personnel.

Senior Buyer / Planner

CTS, Corp, (Now Benchmark) Contract Manufacturing 2006 – 2007

Responsible for negotiation and contracting with electronic distributors and direct manufacturers for component purchasing, as determined by an end customer’s (OEM) Bill of Material (BOM).

Included long-term and short-term contract negotiation, NCNR, NDA, and VPA agreements.

Strict inventory control and continual implementation of BOM changes and production timelines.

Required daily contact with suppliers, end customers, and various levels of our internal management team for optimal results.

Consistent interaction with engineering for R&D, NPI, and conversion to Production.

Senior Buyer / Planner

Parker Hannifin (OEM) 2002 – 2006

Chosen Lead by department co-workers, responsible for purchasing, planning, forecasting, inventory control and expediting.

Assigned commodities included custom o-rings, gaskets, molded plastics, metals, media, electronics, contract manufacturing and internal machine shop production.

Continuous interaction with engineering, production, quality and junior staff as a senior advisor.

Consistent senior member of R&D and NPI teams, where members were employee-chosen for maximum effective outcome.

Supervisory intervention in priority task management with purchasing personnel.


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