I’m Ian Kirk. I’m glad to meet you! I am an experienced Purchasing Manager who has been filling a Purchasing Manager role for over 9 years and purchasing for nearly 25 years. I have worked on projects as diverse as Nobel Prize competitions, patented meat tenderization, nuclear vessels, naval, satellites, movie sets, medical, and lots of commercial and military aerospace.
I shine in technical areas and am often a resource for others regarding specifications, processes, and analysis. I love working on new projects and like to find the “gotchas” during the New Product Introduction (NPI) process.
I have over 25 years materials and procurement experience in manufacturing environment, including processing, outsourced manufacturing, raw materials, MRO, office, and technology. Additionally, negotiated LTAs (Long Term Agreements), including the development of controlling documents; collaborated with internal and external partners; acted as Procurement/engineering liaison, managing purchasing, and researched new suppliers, processes, and approaches to manufacturing.
Purchasing Manager @ Westwood Precision, Inc.
June 2018—September 2022
Purchasing Manager @ Absolute Manufacturing Senior Aerospace
February 2012—June 2018
Buyer @ Absolute Manufacturing Senior Aerospace
October 2011—February 2012
Buyer @ MacKay Manufacturing
September 2003—September 2011
Estimator Assistant @ Allied Engineering and Production Corporation
June 1995—November 2002
University of Idaho, Bachelor, General Studies, 2007
Humboldt State University, 1990 – 1994
Everett Community College, Project Management, 2018
(Project Management Essentials, Project Execution and Control, Project Planning and Scheduling Techniques)