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Philip Brooks

Buyer / Planner at Ametek - Atlas Material Testing Technologies


Supply chain professional with experience reducing inventory spend by utilizing lean inventory techniques. Focused on continuous improvement and process optimization. Strong negotiation and technical sourcing abilities specialized in manufacturing and equipment environments.

Work History

Buyer / Planner

AMETEK - Atlas Material Testing Technology
June 2014Present

• Implement and manage Kanban system to ensure steady flow of goods throughout the supply chain.
• Procure fabricated parts and electronic components for both water-cooled and air-cooled instrument lines from US, European, and Asian suppliers, totaling $8.4 million in annual spend.
• Manage key materials on supplier consignment programs, reducing inventory-carrying costs by more than $3.8 million annually.
• Focus on continuous improvement to overcome purchasing and operations related process challenges.
• In process of streamlining Non-Conforming Material handling, inspection, and return to supplier processes, in conjunction with key Quality personnel.
• Reduced Non-Conforming inventory by $200k (82%) in less than 6 months by working with key stakeholders in inventory reduction projects.

Purchasing Agent

September 2013 June 2014

• Coordinate activities involved with procuring goods and services such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts, and supplies.
• Review requisitions and obtain quotations from approved suppliers.
• Review and negotiate contracts and terms with suppliers.
• Manage and purchase nearly 6,000 electrical and mechanical components for production needs at LaGrange facility and factory in Shenzhen, China, in accordance with the hard demand, forecast and safety stock requirements.
• Source and evaluate potential suppliers and report findings to Quality Assurance for vetting.
• Liaison between suppliers and Grayhill; communicating all contract and design changes as appropriate.
• Process Engineering change notices, updating Purchase Orders and notifying suppliers.
• Coordinate batch shipments with shipping and suppliers to China facility in order to reduce shipping costs.


Buehler, a division of Illinois Tool Works
November 2010September 2013

• Oversee a Kanban system to balance a lean inventory investment within a strong production environment.
• Manage procurement functions with engineering and marketing within new product development process.
• Work closely with quality and engineering by researching, sourcing, bidding, and negotiating new and current product revisions.
• Enhance strong relationships with suppliers by promoting value-added relationships.
• Purchase raw materials, finished goods, machined parts, and packaging.
• Act as liaison for vendor managed inventory.
• Participate in business simplification projects aiding accounts payable, engineering, and marketing.

Buyer Assistant/Member Services Associate

Topco Associates LLC
February 2010November 2010

• Managed and participated in the development of an online portal for technology related orders for Topco members while assisting in developing a public retail function.
• Performed indirect purchasing of services for nationwide accounts.
• Collaborated with customers and vendors to resolve adjustments, and facilitated charge-backs and credits.

Management Trainee/Intern

June 2008February 2010

• Excelled with well-developed communication skills in sales, coaching, and customer service.
• Assisted in managing over $2.5 million in vehicle fleet.
• Oversaw location revenue and developed cost analyses that compare expenses, maintenance, and vehicle condition.
• Built strong customer-focused relationships with corporate, auto body shops, and dealership accounts.

General Partner, Shipping/Receiving, Inventory Management, Sales

Amark Industries
May 2002May 2009

Consulted methods of modernizing business practices by branching out to online sales.
• Managed and replenished inventory levels.
• Coordinated logistics for shipments.
• Processed shipments entering and leaving facilities.


Master's of Science in Supply Chain Management

Elmhurst College

Covers a full range of supply chain topics from Forecasting, Manufacture Decisions, Inventory Strategies,  Benchmarking, Process Improvement and more.