Ian Kirk

Experienced Cross-Dicipline Procurement Professional

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I am looking for full-time, short-term gigs, and consulting in procurement. While much of my experience is in aerospace, I am looking at other industries. I look forward to hearing from you, and how I can help your procurement strategy grow.

Please contact me for short-term gigs or consulting.

I am an experienced Purchasing Manager who has 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.

My experience covers materials and procurement in the 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.

Procurement Positions Held

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)


  • ERP Systems
    • ProShop 🗗
    • Epicor 10, 8, 7 🗗
    • Visual Manufacturing 🗗
  • Source Selection
  • Contracts
  • Export Compliance
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Performance Metrics & Appraisal
  • Inventory Management & Control
  • Negotiation
  • Quality Assurance Standards
  • Team Building
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Research
  • Materials Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Supplier Development
  • Vendor Management
  • Vendor Managed Inventory