Deborah Matteson

Deborah Matteson


Material Flow Professional:14+ years continuous improvement, Lean manufacturing, material pull systems, warehouse and distribution, inventory control, purchasing and leadership experience in high volume and fast paced environments.

w4 years successful facilitation of and participation in Kaizen events

w2 years leadership/project management experience Harris Lean Systems

w6 years solid supervisory experience

w3 years combined experience purchasing, bill of materials and document control

wExceptional problem solver driven for results

wAble to turn vision into reality

wInquisitive, adaptable; embrace change readily

wExcellent communication and presentation skills

wAdvanced proficiency Microsoft Office Suite, AS/400 (Mapics), EDS, SmarTeam

Work History

Work History
Jun 2008 - May 2009

Buyer II Sourcing Agent
  • Implement, maintain and manage replenishment systems in a lean environment
  • Reduce inventory to improve inventory turns and still meet on time delivery goals
  • Issue purchase orders for raw materials and purchased components
  • Evaluate purchase order requisitions for correct pricing, availability and production usage prior to issuing purchase order
  • Process purchase order revisions per Engineering Change Notifications. Notify suppliers and renegotiate pricing and stock levels
  • Develop and manage supplier base for service, quality, pricing and on-time delivery
  • Request and review quotations for new and existing raw materials and purchased components
  • Initiate cost reductions through the recommendation of alternative materials and supplier consolidation
  • Review and analyze MRP reports, cycle counts and Kanban reorder points to ensure accurate inventory levels and on-time delivery
  • Follow up and resolve late delivery issues and ensure proper handling and delivery of expedited orders
  • Issue debit memos. Arrange for replacement and return of rejected raw materials and purchased components
Jun 2003 - Jun 2008

Manufacturing Technician
  • Implemented "Harris" material pull/withdrawal system which included:
    • Development-Plan for Every Part (PFEP) for 3000+ components
    • Formulation-Supplier and hourly withdrawal Kanbans, E-Kanban
    • Design and build of 20,000 sq. ft. Supermarket, 2 picking and delivery routes
    • Re-design-29 work centers through standard work analysis and time observation
    • Kaizen events, 5s, value stream mapping
  • ¬†Created over 2000 technical documents (work instructions, job orders, packaging specifications, set-up schematics, inspection specifications) used in various business and production areas
  • Generated and routed Engineering Change Notices for changes to technical documentation
  • Conducted time studies to document line output related to costing and standard work


  • $350,000+ savings due to manufacturing productivity gains and efficient use of floor space
  • 1.8M inventory reduction and 6% increase in inventory turns
  • 21% reduction material handling labor
Dec 1999 - Nov 2001

Senior Materials Supervisor

  • Supervised 45+ warehouse associates
  • Managed operations of 3 distribution and storage warehouses
  • Monitored logistics processes for opportunities in improvement of on-time delivery
  • Established systems and procedures to achieve company metrics for safety and quality
  • Developed in-house Forklift Safety Training and Certification program


  • $45,000 savings in third party training fees realized every 3 years
  • $10,000 annual savings leasing fees due to reduction of material handling equipment
  • $35,000+ annual savings leasing fees due to elimination of one off-site storage warehouse
Apr 1997 - Jun 1999

Material Operations Supervisor

Customized Transportation Inc.
  • Supervised 50+ warehouse associates
  • Coached and mentored 18 material analysts across 4 supermarket/warehouses
  • Maintained MIN/MAX levels and directed flow for 2500+ 3PL customer supplied components
  • Team member: Design and build of 120,000 sq. ft. small lot supermarket, 8 picking routes


  • $600,000 inventory reduction first year


Jan 2003 - Dec 2005

Bachelor Science

Graduated Cum Laude

UW-Stout (Recipient Baldrige Award 2001)

Aug 1985 - May 1986




Lean Manufacturing Facilitator