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Supply Chain Six Sigma

Saint Paul, MN
March 05, 2018

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Shelley M. Kowalczuk

***** ****** ***** ● Woodbury, MN 55129

Cell: 651-***-**** ● Email: Top Producing Strategic Sourcing and Marketing Professional Offering 25+ years in Procurement and Marketing Accomplishments

Highly accomplished results-oriented purchasing professional with an extensive knowledge of the graphics production/print industry, specializing in labeling and packaging components, print processes, and industry knowledge in plastics, film, corrugate and container purchasing.

Effective team leader empowering people to own their positions and processes, fostering a positive and motivating environment that ensures team success, develops high performers and delivers measurable results.

Exceptional abilities negotiating contracts, commodity pricing agreements, supplier partnerships and strategic supply alignments. Expertise in high volume, multi-plant manufacturing operations; proficiency in all phases of procurement and inventory control, logistics, ISO quality functions, regulatory and compliance.

Track record of significant achievement, to include innovating and driving cost savings and developing and improving purchasing programs to meet corporate objective in a global supply chain environment. Utilizes Lean Six Sigma principles.

Accomplished International Marketing Specialist experienced with extensive program teams on product development and launch to the global markets for B2B product portfolios in the food service, janitorial and food and beverage markets. Proven team building and project driver with marketing partners in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Core Competencies

Procurement Management

Strategic Supply Alignments

Team Leadership

Lean Six Sigma

Relationship Management

Vendor Sourcing & Analysis

Cost Savings

Contract Negotiations

Print Management

Global Marketing

Multi plant supply chain

Project Management

Professional Experience

2017 - Present

Consulting Services, Strategic Sourcing, Packaging and Print, Marketing Communications – ShelleyMK Creative Consulting/Contract Services for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement planning of RF(x) creation and analysis, contract negotiations, Supplier management, process and procedure guidance, Inventory Management and Supply Chain Operations. Project management for Concept to Market product innovation. Package development and sourcing, specification development and design, Marketing Communications content writing and development, strategy and sourcing for print and e-media.

2011 – 2017 – Caribou Coffee Co.

Senior Buyer/Planner

Corporate sourcing and product forecasting. Responsible for purchase of packaging components and retail store packaging supplies. Manage packaging specifications and supplier compliance. RFP solicitation, negotiations, Lean Six Sigma principles and print production strategies are applied. Cost savings realization and best practice implementation are key focus.

1978 – 2011 – Ecolab Inc.

Senior Buyer, Global Supply Chain

Corporate Procurement responsible for purchase of product labels and Marketing materials with an annual spend of

$10MM and 10,000+ components. Multi plant supply chain and contract manufacturer base. Vendor managed inventory programs, RFP solicitation, negotiations, Lean Six Sigma principles and print production strategies are applied. Cost savings realization and continuous process improvement are key focus. Page 2 Shelley M. Kowalczuk

Key Contributions

Delivered objectives of cost savings that exceed $500,000 annual individually and contributed to savings in other areas of procurement in excess of $1.3 million.

Manage VMI programs with multiple suppliers, ensuring timely use of expiry materials and minimize waste.

Developed labeling material improvements with Packaging Engineering and key suppliers for print production and cost efficiencies and quality packaging.

Manage print commodities for optimal cost and print production for JIT purchase. Marketing Specialist, International Marketing

Managed the development of labels and packaging graphics content and specifications, including legal and branding compliance, export and multi-language translations. Managed the production of marketing materials and brochures in multiple languages from concept to print production. Managed literature inventories and digital assets for International Marketing and worked within product launch teams to bring new programs and products to the International markets in Asia and Latin America.

Key Contributions

Successful management of advertising agencies and marketing communications materials production for on time and on budget completion.

Successfully completed all labeling components (200 labels) for two product lines simultaneously for global launch within expedited timeframe. Labels included Spanish and Asian translations and local regulatory compliance.

Completed multi faceted Marketing materials packets including video production, e-tool training programs, sales approach dialogue, brochures and product specification sheets.

Produced training program materials for Laundry Market segment sales training for Latin America. Purchasing Assistant, Manufacturing Planning/Purchasing Graphics Purchasing Clerk – Marketing Services, Purchasing Bindery Worker, Marketing Services

2005 – 2011 Mosaic, Inc.

Kodak Imaging Expert

Manufacturers’ representative providing assisted sales and training of Kodak Digital Imaging products (Cameras, Printers and Digital Picture Frames) in Best Buy, WalMart and Target Stores. Consistently meeting or exceeding budgeted store sales goals of Kodak product for each store in assigned territory. Education and Credentials

Bachelor of Arts, Marketing Management & Innovation (Summa Cum Laude) Concordia University, St. Paul, MN Spanish Language Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights, MN University of Minnesota – Festival and Event Management Certification Professional Development

Team Building Conflict Resolution Negotiating Contracts Win-Win Negotiating Building Vendor Relationships Project Management Team Leadership Lean Six Sigma Ethical Procurement & Sustainability Technical Proficiencies

Electronic procurement MRP Ariba Microsoft Office (Access, SQL, Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook) Matrix/Citrix

(Specifications management) Web applications Logility Demand Planning Microsoft Dynamics (GP) Community Participation

Armstrong Elementary PTA, Treasurer, Cottage Grove Cottage Grove Hockey Association Board of Directors, Budget Director Ecolab Employees’ Club, Board of Directors, President Rice Street Festival, Royalty Director, Festival Events Planning, St. Paul Ambassadors of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, Board Member Royal Coordinator, St. Paul Winter Carnival 2009 Woodbury Ambassadors, Royal Family 2012-2013 Woodbury Ambassadors Co-Director

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