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Manager Management

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
February 26, 2018

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Sheronda Farrow

Hoffman Estates, IL ***** T: 847-***-****

Qualification Summary

Experienced team leader with the ability to create and manage cross-functional teams to complete multi-disciplinary projects with aggressive timelines. Top performing professional with experience in indirect procurement, vendor management, vendor development, project management, process improvement and contract negotiation.


Provides a high degree of accuracy, efficiency, and subject matter expertise for senior leadership, departmental team members, internal clients, and vendors.

Analytical thinker, strong process management, decision making and problem solving skills.

Adaptable and tolerant under stressful situations.

Ensures proper lines of communication, problem resolution, and a high-level of confidentiality.

Strategic planner in execution and organization.



Global Category Manager – Marketing

Manage seventy million-dollar portfolio for Marketing Services

Directly responsible for North America, Latin America and Global procurement activities, develop strategic relationships with key suppliers for continuous cost reduction and program optimization

Define and champion category procurement strategy and gain alignment with internal and external stakeholders using change management practices

Nurtures stakeholder relationships by serving as a business partner; helping to identify critical business requirements and providing sourcing and procurement services that meet expectations.

Negotiate contract terms, SOW, rate cards and contract renewals to support marketing department; work with Zebra legal counsels to ensure contract integrity and minimize business/legal/financial risks

Successful in capturing 10% - 18% run rate cost savings within category

WALGREEN CO. 2009 – 2016

Group Procurement - Associate Category Manager – Promoted into role Feb, 2014

Managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio of goods and services in Marketing Services, Construction Commodities, Facility Services and Interior Branding.

Led and/or supported the development, execution and ongoing management of procurement strategies at a local and regional level.

Creation and execution of short-term and long-term strategies that align with the Company’s goals for reducing costs and increasing product sales.

Managed risk mitigation by way of assessments and alternate solution creation

Assisted with development and implementation of business plans, performance goals and metrics for each assigned category.

Actively sought ways to streamline business processes; researched and provided information on industry category trends and best practices.

Developed shared services personnel by way of training, mentoring and providing exposure to the end to end strategic sourcing process.

Group Procurement - Procurement Coordinator – Promoted into role March, 2012

Developed and executed RFQs and RFPs to drive category EBIT savings, negotiated savings and cost avoidance.

Negotiated product and service pricing and contract terms with vendors to obtain the best value for money

Worked collaboratively with internal clients to assist in procurement needs to facilitate new concept roll outs, pilots and remodels.

Was responsible for streamlining processes and improving efficiencies to optimize performance and productivity

Built and maintained positive working relationships with vendors to maximize their value to the organization

Education / Certifications

Masters in Organizational Leadership 2016

Argosy University, Chicago, IL Graduated with Honors GPA: 3.6/4.0

B.S. in Accounting 2014

Argosy University, Chicago, IL Graduated with Honors GPA: 3.0/4.0

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