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Product Manager/Sourcing Manager

Omaha, Nebraska, United States
August 16, 2018

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James Jenkins

Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Project Manager


I am an experienced and top performing Operational and Strategic Sourcing Professional currently seeking a role as a Operations Manager, Procurement Manager, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Category Leader or Project Manager with an organization that not only recognizes but also rewards hard work, dedication, client satisfaction, attention to details and results. Throughout my extensive career I have had the opportunity to develop and refine a unique set of skills that will afford me the ability to make an immediate, effective and positive impact within any organization I am fortunate enough to join. Furthermore, I am highly trained in both interpersonal & written communication as well as very adept at creating, cultivating and preserving relationships.

Areas Of Expertise

Project Management

Process Implementation

Strategic Planning/Analysis

Organizational Management

Results Orientated

Supplier Contract Negotiations

Operation Management

Conflict Resolution

Contract Implementation

Supplier/Vendor Management

Interpersonal Communication

Relationship Management

Professional Experience

Railserve, Regional Leader of Operations, June 2012 – present

Transportation and Logistics professional with a diversified management background in customer service, finance, operations, vendor management, employee development and safety. Manage thirteen operations in North America with 100 employees. Guide employees on day-to-day operations and procedures. Maintain positive customer relationships by meeting goals and expectations. Provide a high level of customer service through vendor management. Developed and monitored risk analysis for the business unit. Managed GPS install and monitoring for all assists, DPT e-Track software and website maintenance for all required vehicles

Cargill, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Blair, NE, September 2008 – June 2012

Identify sourcing opportunities for Corn Milling facilities throughout North America. Execute and complete the 9 step sourcing process to achieve business goals, savings, mitigate risk, drive compliance, and find new solutions. Lead and participate as Core Team member on Global Sourcing Team. Manage contracts and negotiations. Work cross-functionally with various teams with experience in Services, MRO, and Capital. Captured excellence in challenging contract negotiations, vendor management, and strategic sourcing events.

Preparation, commercial evaluation & negotiation of bid packages. Achieved at least 15% savings on sourcing events, raising supply chain efficiency, process improvements and vendor and asset management.

Negotiation and enforcement of contract terms and conditions through implementation and negotiation.

Lead RFI, RFP and RFQ events through IBM Emptoris, MS Project, SAP Fieldglass. Conduct market research analysis and negotiate with Supplier base. Developed and managed Vendor KPI’s

Evaluate supplier capabilities and manage supplier relationships to deliver critical value added services.

Manage $600M in spend within Services, MRO and Capital.

Juhl Brokerage Inc, Sales Representative, Omaha, NE, September 2005 - September 2008

Utilize cold calling and business development skills to increase brokerage sales.

Development marketing opportunities and build customer, vendor relationships.

Achieve sales objectives by focusing on new accounts and annual sales goals.

Negotiate new and existing vendor client and distributor contracts. Represent distribution and vendor products in the foodservice industry. Supplier/Vendor account management.

Attend trade shows, industry events and sales meetings and delivery sales presentations.

Analyze industry trends and competitive actions to develop alternative strategies to maintain and improve competitive position with key customers.

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Professional Experience – Continued

PayPal, Resolution Service Representative, Omaha, NE, October 2004 – June 2005

Investigated and responded to reports of fraudulent or unfair practices by users.

Enforced buyer and seller protection policies and continuous process improvements.

Collaborated with other departments to provide high quality customer service.

Merchant Vendor processing experience.

ConAgra Foods, Logistics/Project Manager, Omaha, NE, March 2003 – September 2004

Manage customer service distribution network and team of up to 20.

Designed, implemented, and improved processes and procedures for the distribution network, logistics, supply chain and sales management in the foodservice industry.

Created standardized operating procedures and communication between operating groups.

Managed retail and foodservice customer service department.

Streamlined processes and procedures to improve profitability in foodservice, supply chain management, inventory control, purchasing and pricing. Project Lead of multiple company implementations.

Developed solid and productive relationships with both external and internal customers including operating groups, warehouses, information technology, cold and dry storage facilities and upper management.

Union Pacific Railroad, Transportation Management, Omaha, NE, June 1998 – January 2003

Manage on-time transportation operations.

Manage transportation plan to ensure business objectives are met through train schedules, route performance, velocity and transportation management.

Scheduled and allocated work force levels for labor, yard, and engine crews.

Execute action plan s to achieve cost of quality business objectives.

Trained new employees on policies and procedures.

Ensured compliance with TCU labor agreements and managed vacancies within territory

Education & Training

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration of Technical Studies, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE, May 1997

Associate of Arts, Nebraska College of Business, Omaha, NE, May 1991

Major: Accounting & Business



Professional Development

Strategic Procurement Certificate – W.P. Carey School of Business ASU

Competitive Marketing Analysis – ISM

Advanced Cost/Price Analysis – ISM

Legal Aspects of Purchasing – Nahabit & Associates

Contracts Reading, Writing, & Negotiating – Nahabit & Associates

Root Cause Analysis Facilitator – Sologic Logical

Root Cause Analyst Master Facilitator – Sologic Logical

Advanced Microsoft Excel – Rockhurst University

Computer Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Project Outlook), Kana, SAP, AS400, Lotus Notes, TSO, CAD, SQL, Legacy Systems, esourcing tools, SAP Fieldglass, IBM emptoris, Ariba Spend Management, MS Project, PMP and CPIM training.

Cell: 402-***-****


8905 North 157th Street

Bennington, NE 68007

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