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Supply Chain Management

Salinas, California, United States
January 23, 2017

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Kent M. Griffin

** ** ****** *****, *******, CA *3901



Enthusiastic Procurement & Supply Chain Management Professional, experienced in end-to-end Supply Chain and Procurement processes that directly results in improved efficiencies and overhead cost reduction. Skilled in Supplier Negotiation and SCM with advanced educational background in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Proven ability to lead multiple procedural and technology-focused projects concurrently. Well-versed in strategic planning and capital allocation that enhances process engineering, quality control and customer satisfaction measures.

Core Competencies

End-to-End Supply Chains

Risk Management

Strategic Planning & Analysis

Cost Reduction & Budgets

Purchasing Strategy

Project Management

Supplier Negotiation

Forecasting and Demand Planning


Employee Training & Development ~ Coaching

Database Skills: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Quantrix, SAP

Professional Experience

Consultant, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing May 2016 - Present

Consulting in the area of Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. Specializing in SCM programs, WW Supply Demand Planning, Forecasting, Purchasing Strategies, Strategic Planning, Contracts.

Hitachi Global Storage Technology, San Jose, California

Global Director, Purchasing 2014- April 2016

Global leader for Integrated Supply Chain for hard drive disk components. Managed international Global Commodity team in US, China, Philippines. Directed efforts for Global Commodity Managers for Construction/Facilities, Travel, Chemicals, MRO, Precious Metals Targets, IT, Business Services. Effectively handles critical Supplier Negotiations, Contracts, Procurement end-to-end processes. Drove >15% YTY cost reduction for improved company bottom line.

Achieved 15% annual cost savings for key Indirect Commodities, cutting cost by >$50M per year

Supplier Risk Management and Business Continuity Leader for Procurement

Created new Supplier Commodity Strategic reviews for essential commodity groups.

Improved cost and delivery performance, working with suppliers throughout the US, China, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, and Malaysia

Implemented new Procurement systems and process to improve Procure-to-Pay process, leading to reduced Cost, improved Customer Satisfaction, and better Supplier Relations

Mentored new employees and implemented change management efforts, in line with HGST Executive direction, to transform HGST into a leading Fortune 500 company, resulting in improved profitability and customer satisfaction

Hitachi Global Storage Technology, San Jose, California

Global Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain and Planning 2001-2013

Leader for Global Supply Chain and planning for hard drive disk components. Manages international operational team consisting of 50 Chinese nationals and 20 Malaysian nationals. Directs efforts for organizational demand supply planning processes and leads corporate supply chain. Effectively handles all media supply and inventory reporting.

Achieved significant cost reduction in disk from $7/disk to $3.20/disk; widely recognized as best-in-class global disk cost

Serves as a liaison to COO and VP team in the presentation of status update summaries six days per week.

Orchestrated weekly demand of downstream clients for four factories; interacts regularly with same four factories pertaining to supply and demand measures.

Improved planning cycle time from 14 to 5 days for key components, improving response and cost

Lead and managed business unit Strategic plan for volume, capacity, market share

Grew market share and volume as key member of organizational team tasked with opening a new factory in China; ramped up to 50M units per quarter.

Additional Professional Experience

IBM, San Jose California

Engineering Manager, New Product Launch

Rocky Flats Nuclear Site (Department of Energy), Golden, Colorado

Manager, Project Management Group

U.S. Navy, Multiple Locations Domestic and International

Lieutenant Commander, Shipyard Repair Projects

Professional Affiliations & Conferences

Professional Engineer (ME), State of Colorado

Farm Bureau

APICS member, working toward CPIM cert

PMP Certified, Project Management Institute, 1995-2000

Meals on Wheels, Board President and Treasurer

Santa Clara Alumni Association

Naval Postgraduate Alumni Association

Vanderbilt Alumni Association

Rotary Club

Leadership Salinas Valley Graduate (Salinas Chamber)


Master of Business Administration (MBA) with focus on Innovation,

Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

Master’s Degree (MSME) in Mechanical Engineering with Honors

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

Naval Sea Systems Command Engineering Award

Bachelor of Arts in Organic Chemistry/Biology

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Magna Cum Laude

Phi Beta Kappa

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