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Manager Supply Chain

Portland, Oregon, 97224, United States
May 30, 2010

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Debra Box

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Senior Supply Chain Management/Purchasing Executive

Manufacturing . Distribution . Production Planning

Highly accomplished supply chain professional with 20 years experience in

supplier and commodity strategies in the medical device, semiconductor,

fastener, and biotechnology industries. Proven record of spearheading

global purchasing programs, driving continuous improvement in areas of

inventory management, supplier metrics, materials costs, and overall

financial performance. Excellent team leader and trainer, providing

vision, leadership, guidance and support to all managers and direct



. Strategic Supplier . Cost Optimization . Supply Chain Analysis


. Inventory Management . Supplier Consolidation . Project Management

. Planning & Development . Risk Analysis/Metrics . ERP/MRP (SAP)




Micro Systems Engineering, Inc. 2008 to present

Portland, Oregon

A $1.2 billion global manufacturer of implantable medical devices.

Senior Supply Chain Program Manager

Command development and implementation of supplier commodity strategies, in

order to reduce time to market and achieve sustained manufacturing.

Provide leadership for all business aspects: contracts, purchase orders,

planning, inventory, risks, project management and supplier performance.

Review organizational strategies, as part of the senior management team,

including product and technological needs in relation to markets served now

and in the future. Manage 4 direct reports on supplier strategy

development/implementation and KPI. Position is responsible for weekly

presentations to GM and CEO of corporate office in Berlin.

. Implemented NCI project to develop dual source supplier, saving $1.5M

in the first year of transition; overall 5 year savings will be $5.5M.

. Developed a strategic partnership with a current supplier, reducing

overall pricing in the first year by $400K and avoided a 70% cost

increase through creation of a competitive situation.

. Established a direct demand program with MSEI sister companies in

Germany, reducing overall inventory in the first year by $1.2M.

. Initiated a cross-functional team to improve design process, which

will lead to an approximate $5M savings over the next 5 years.

. Led a global component transition, which allowed continued production

until device EOL's in 2012. NPI development savings are approximately


Smith & Associates 1999 to 2008

Houston, Texas

A $500 million global, independent distributor of semiconductor and

electronic components.

Director of Purchasing, Service Team and Peripherals (2007 to 2008)

Fully accountable for purchasing processes, vendor sourcing, inventory

management, forecasting and planning for all service programs. Managed

corporate staff of 9 purchasing agents (stateside and international) and

provided strategic guidance to all buyers worldwide. Lead sourcing on all

peripheral products in the domestic and international market. Position

reported directly to the Chief Trading Officer and was direct liaison

between the salesperson and OEM/CM customers.

. Expanded the customer base by 30% in the first 6 months, by offering

service programs that reduced inventory holding costs, managed

component lifecycles, and reduced exposure to component price


. Reduced physical inventory by $3 million through the implementation of

economic ordering quantity methodologies and a JIT purchasing system.

. Developed an "obsolescence solutions" program for forty-five OEM and

CM's, which identified alternate components or engineering solutions

for obsolete semiconductor parts.

. Initiated strategic agreements with 2 major peripheral manufacturers,

increasing the profit margin by 10%.

Senior Purchasing Manager, Service Programs (2004 to 2007)

Promoted to Senior Manager position with full responsibility for the

development of a supply chain infrastructure to support existing service

customers. Negotiated more than $10 million in annual domestic and

international purchasing contracts. Managed staff of 3 purchasing agents.

Position reported to the Vice President of Trading.

. Negotiated global supply agreements with 3 major service customers

that generated an additional $4 million in annual sales.

. Promoted a customer "on-site" purchasing program, which reduced

customer costs by centralizing purchasing and decreasing the customer

AVL (approved vendor list).

. Implemented an integrated software system to provide centralized

control of forecasting/planning, purchasing, and inventory management.

. Established a vendor rating system based on quality, cost, delivery,

and customer requirements, which resulted in a 20% decrease in quality


International Purchasing Manager (1999 to 2004)

Scope of responsibilities included overseeing all of the daily activities

related to the procurement of electronic components and supplies for eight

international offices. Managerial responsibilities included interviewing

of potential employees, hiring and training, direct supervision of 15

employees and indirect supervision of 30+ employees worldwide. Challenged

to prepare weekly reports on purchasing/sales activities, evaluate gross

profit/sales reports on a monthly basis to determine commission

dispersement, and coordinate purchasing activities with the sales

department to minimize inventory levels.

. Developed and maintained an ISO training program for 200+ employees,

which contributed to a 30% reduction in trading errors.

. Directed and coordinated daily purchasing activities of 15 buyers,

which resulted in an average gross profit of 500K per month.

. Procured electronic components, which resulted in an average gross

profit of 200K for the company, per month.

Texas Screw Products 1997 to 1999

Houston, Texas

A worldwide leader in the distribution and manufacturing of fastener


Purchasing Manager

Responsible for daily activities of the materials department, supervision

of purchasing, and inventory control for a distribution company in the

fastener industry. Developed programs to maximize buying leverage, while

minimizing costs associated with MRO procurement. Reduced non-value

activities through use of EDI, supplies programs, and the Internet.

Promoted systems to consolidate vendors, initiate partnerships (utilizing

JIT), and maintain blanket order releases.

. Maintained dock to stock program for international customers, which

resulted in a 20% decrease of excess stock, and a 10% annual profit


. Negotiated a JIT (Just In Time) contract that increased quarterly

revenue by 100K.

. Instituted strategic agreements with major corporations, which helped

to reduce overall purchasing costs by 30%.

LifeCell Corporation 1990 to 1997

The Woodlands, Texas

A biotechnology firm, specializing in the production and research of dermal

and vascular products.

Safety Officer, Facility/Lab Manager (1990 to 1997)

Provided safety, health, and loss control management and administrative

services to ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA, DOT, TNRCC, and DOE

regulations. Developed a company Safety Manual, issued monthly safety

examinations (accompanied with training), and controlled company Material

Safety Data Sheets for 200+ chemical inventory. Experienced in lab

development and program management, including the establishment and

promotion of Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and applicable portions of

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). Acted as Quality Assurance Unit

(QAU), maintaining master schedules of study protocols and performing

audits of each facility to monitor personnel practices and recordkeeping.

Purchasing Manager (1991 to 1997)

Responsible for overseeing activities related to the procurement of

materials, parts, equipment, as well as receiving of the above components,

for the company. Monitored the costs, schedules, and performance aspects

of all vendors and major contracts.




Columbia Southern University

Fairhope, Alabama

M.S. Environmental Engineering, 1995

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

B.S. Biology, B.S. Psychology, 1989

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