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Senior Buyer/Purchasing agent

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
November 14, 2017

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David A Cagle



•Proficient in building external business relationships to maintain consistent pricing levels and control lead times

•Extremely knowledgeable of the material flow systems for daily procurement for operations

•Experienced providing inventory control of all raw production/office related material

•Successfully supervised employees including providing reviews and hiring new staff

•Provide accurate cost analysis decreasing company’s operation costs

•Provide exceptional customer service to employers, vendors, and buyers

•Maintained internal budgets for cost analysis.

•Developed sales and marketing profiles for current and new clients

•Efficiently controlled the workflow using the Automated Materials Management System (MRPII) within the distribution and purchasing departments


New Flyer of America

Buyer/Scheduler 2007 - June 2017

•Reduced New Flyer’s Surplus and Obsoleted parts inventory by $2.7 million over two years.

•The surplus was in four different locations and eliminated 17 full-size semi-trailers.

•The dollar amount saved was more than all the Buyers combined efforts in the past ten years.

•Complete daily workload accurately, and on a timely basis, to support targets for P.O validity and planned late orders, MRB, requisitions, PO creation, UOR’s, variances and matching holds as assigned.

•Order all Raw Metal and Electrical requirements per MRP driven demands.

•Outsourced any overflow Paint, Weld or Galvanizing requirements for the plant.

•Worked with multiple locations to secure required welding materials for assembly demands within manufacturing.

•Set up and implemented planned orders in Oracle for all sales orders requirements and direct shipments to clients.

•Develop and sustain a professional relationship with suppliers and customers towards proper execution of task assigned.

•Resolve supply related issues with the supplier and escalate concerns on parts that will not meet need date and help set plant priorities.

•Report status of parts delivery in Oracle to support the leads at the daily parts meeting.

•Identify suppliers that underperform or have poor delivery, work with the lead to have suppliers create an improvement plan.

•Work with staff in other departments to complete tasks, resolve problems and support process improvements.

•Submit engineering releases and changes to suppliers on a timely basis and support first article requirements.

•Support traffic personnel in securing documentation for secure shipment of goods to our facilities (bills of lading, customs and Duty, MSDS or governmental documents as needed).

•Negotiated with corporate vendors to ensure cost effective and consistent pricing on services.

•Developed sales and marketing profiles for current and new clients.

•Managed facility security equipment, space logistics, and internal projects

Buyer / Purchasing Specialist

Merrill Corporation 1985-2000

•Decreased on hand material costs from $600,000 to $34,000 within one year.

•Supervised the support staff in the shipping / receiving department.

•Set up the UHF Norand bar code tracking system and related work processes.

•Negotiated leasing and sales contracts for marketing and trucking.

•Managed inventory levels and purchased all corrugated related containers for outgoing shipments. Which included the forecasting of the raw corrugated material, to ensure future availability, applications included both customized and stock cartons as required by MRP 11 demands

•Researched and secured a new distribution site which has since become the largest for the organization.

•Controlled and maintained estimating and AS/400 databases to track the daily pricing of internal production related material costs with MRP, MRI and vendor performance levels.

•Managed the facility construction projects and grounds issues.

•Negotiated with vendors to obtain and ensure the best product pricing.

•Handled inventory control and logistics of raw production material requirements and 100,000 square foot fulfillment center.

•Maintained a detailed AS/400 data base of corporate inventoried and specialty products, which included usage reports and marketing changes.

•Managed facility security equipment, space logistics, and internal project.


•Pressroom Helper/Planner - Quebecor World 2005-2006

•Detail Fleet Manager - Tenvoorde Ford and Eich Motor 2001-2005


•Business Diploma – St. Cloud Technical College

•Certified Purchasing Manager

•Web Offset Certification

•Forklift and power jack certification

•DOT certification

•Coated / Uncoated paper making process

•Advanced Negotiation and Planning skills


•Experienced trainer for the AS/400 computer using Alliance Software applications with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Experienced with SAP ECC and NAV systems, APICS knowledge, 25 years of Supply Chain Management.

•Additional software experience with Windows 2000XP, Windows Pro 7, Windows 10, Oracle R12, J.D.Edwards, MRP 11, MRO, MRI, Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, ERP experience, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus notes, Netscape Messenger, PSI estimating software, Powerpoint, DBA Software, Lean Manufacturing, JIT.

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