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Manager Project

New York, NY
September 27, 2018

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Aida Castano

*** *********** ****** **** • Lafayette, NJ 07848 • 973-***-**** •


Low Cost Country Procurement s Policy and Procedures Implementation s Team Development s Supply Chain s Strategy Developments Process Improvement and Centralization Implementations Negotiations s Supplier Evaluation s Federal Acquisition Regulation s Metric Reporting


Seasoned procurement leader with experience in supply chain, strategic sourcing and low-cost country procurement, heavy construction equipment and services purchasing, contract management, regulatory compliance, staff training and procedure development and implementation.

Spearhead and lead creative, innovative solutions, successfully improving performance and efficiency. Strong analytical skills to determine the need to adjust to day to day ever changing demands. Experience with centralization of decentralized procurement processes

Experience managing complex procurement of highly engineered equipment and services and logistics for multiple projects. Identifying and establishing relationships with national as well as low cost country suppliers. Use specialized methods to analyze and evaluate cost savings opportunities. Work with Contractors and suppliers to maximize savings; working with internal and external clients to streamline cost; establishing goals; and implementing strategies.

Expertise in project management: communicating objectives, planning and organizing work flow, and conducting individualized training. Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Guided and mentored employees, resulting in promotions to managerial positions. Interfaced with managers, directors, supervisors, and clients: participated in meetings with interdisciplinary teams.

Proficient in computer applications, such as Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016, SAP, People Soft and Oracle, fluent in Spanish


Oct 2014-Present AMCS Corporation, Bedminster, NJ

Senior Contracts Manager/ Director

Lead team in planning, procurement, negotiations and execution of all services, materials to also include construction equipment for international construction projects of ULTRA Series® cryogenic industrial gas plants, customer industrial gas plants, cryogenic gas processing plants, LNG plants, and non-cryogenic (VSA and PSA) industrial gas plants. As well as lead team in planning and scheduling of plant maintenance services under our facility maintenance division and industrial gas distribution division with a project spend between $20-$50 million per project.

Monitor contract performance against the original cost allocation, schedules, and contract requirements, negotiate necessary modifications to ensure schedule is maintained or accelerated.

Negotiate logistic contracts of all overseas and domestic equipment and material shipments to arrive on time, avoiding tax implications where avoidable.

Identify, establish the implementation of sourcing strategies and pursue procurement savings opportunities with subcontracts and vendors creating cost savings of 10-15%.

Meet with Senior management, subcontractors, project superintendents, engineering and stakeholders to ensure schedule and budgets are maintained.

Create, implement and conduct company-wide outreach program to educate personnel on new procurement policies and procedures. Train and mentor staff to leading to management roles.

June 2013- Oct 2014 Covanta Energy Corporation, Morristown, NJ

Global Strategic Sourcing Director/Program Manager

Corporate procurement responsibility for a $1.6B publicly held company comprising of 47 global locations within the Energy from Waste business with an annual spend of $300M. Managed and mentored team of 5 Strategic Sourcing Managers, 4 Regional Purchasing Managers and 47 plant facility buyers in US.

Designed and implemented a corporate procurement and logistics function and international procurement organization to achieve sustaining productivity while creating cost savings of 10-15% of higher spend categories and 8-10% in categories of under $500K.

Created, updated and implemented all procurement policies.

Launched new business processes including an electronic suite of ERP products, a credit card payment program for low dollar value spend and the outsourcing of freight bill payment and auditing.

Successfully restructured procurement reporting alignment to transition from a decentralized to center led Infrastructure which created better leveraging on a regional and national level.

Structured and negotiated complex national and regional evergreen contracts agreements for commoditized raw materials, highly engineered products, contractor services, MRO, plant equipment, Corporate travel, IT, finance as well as reciprocal agreements with clients who provided services used by Covanta. Implementing rebate programs, early payment discounts and long term fixed rates with vendors and subcontractors, in all categories which generated additional revenue/cost savings of $5M.

Effectively managed supplier relationships to optimize service and quality, while managing cost.

Increased company revenue by managing vendor performance using score cards and wrench time studies and organizing Vendor Round table with key vendors and maintenance contractors to gain insight on improving internal processes in the area of maintenance services which lead to improved shutdown processes and shortened boiler downtime.

Presented annual procurement budget and cost savings plan to CFO, COO and VP of Procurement for approval.

June 2010- June 2013 Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Maywood, NJ (currently CB&I)

Sr. Contract Manager IV

Created, reviewed, issued, Request for Quote/Proposal for the $380M FUSRAP Site in Maywood, NJ. Evaluated and negotiated pricing and terms and conditions for material, construction services and equipment according to FAR and exceeding MBE/WBE and other EEOO requirements.

Worked with project managers, subcontractors, project superintendents, engineers, subcontractors to ensure project budget and schedule are maintained.

Prepared requests for consent to US Army Corps of engineers.

Monitored contract performance against the original cost allocation, schedules, and contract requirements, negotiate necessary modifications.

Performed reviews of proposals for scope and pricing.

Manage procurement management team of 4

Oct 2009-June 2010 Railroad Construction Companies, Paterson NJ

Purchasing Manager

Responsible for preparing, reviewing and issuing Request for Quote/Proposal. Receive, evaluate and negotiate pricing, prepare requests for consent and award purchase orders and contracts for material, equipment and construction services for all new and ongoing projects for RCC’s three divisions Electrical, Fabrication and Railroad Construction. As well as solely responsible for negotiating contracts for corporate procurement of yearly maintenance, waste removal, landscaping and cleaning services with a total spend of $50M.

Managed procurement team of 3 and mentored 1 intern

Worked with project managers, subcontractors, project superintendents, engineers, and cost analyst to ensure project budget are maintained or came in under budget.

Obtained pricing for estimators for new project proposals.

Strategically sourced of track and other inventoried materials for the Rail division as well as electrical materials for the Electrical division.

Created Purchasing SOP

Jan 2008-Oct 2009 Fluor Corporation (Phoenix Constructors JV) New York, NY

Principal Contract Administrator, Material Management

Responsible for preparing, issuing Request for Proposals. Received, evaluated and negotiated bids, prepared requests for consent and awarded purchase orders and contracts for material, equipment and construction services for the West Side of the $4B World Trade Center Transportation Hub Project according to FAR regulations.

Supervised procurement team of 8.

Submitted cost reimbursement applications and financial analysis to the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Worked with project managers, engineer, and cost analyst, subcontractors to ensure project budget was maintained while maximizing savings.

Developed strategic core suppliers to maximize savings while ensuring competitive pricing, and discounts.

March 2005-Jan 2008 Burns and Roe Enterprises, Oradell, NJ


Successfully negotiated contracts and awarded purchase orders for equipment and construction services for multiple multimillion dollar nuclear, energy and uranium hexafluoride conversion facilities construction projects in Canada and US ranging from $100-$400M.

Facilitated and expedited the flow of materials to and from various vendors and sites to ensure on time delivery to maintain construction schedule. Performed Expediting visits to secure prompt delivery of purchased material or equipment.

Trouble shooted all delivery inconsistencies or delays to ensure construction schedules were not affected.

Monitored vendor performance to ensure compliance with all technical specifications and contractual requirements as well as ensuring competitive pricing and delivery requirements.

2000-2003 Jos. L. Muscarelle Inc, Maywood, NJ Property Manager

1999-2000 Metal Services International, Fairfield, NJ Metal Distribution/ Office/Warehouse Manager

1994-1998 Williams and Company, Oakland NJ Metal Distribution /Office Manager


2006 Bachelors in Arts and Science, Felician College Lodi, NJ GPA 3.50

2018 PMP Certification


National Honor Society

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