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SR Buyer / Supply Chain

Middletown, Delaware, United States
August 27, 2018

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David W. Waite Purchasing/Materials Manager 302-***-**** Middletown, DE

Experienced Purchasing/Materials Management Professional with a record of success in purchasing and materials management within fast-paced manufacturing environments. Strongly skilled in all facets of supply chain operations, combined with success in establishing purchasing processes that drive profitability and customer satisfaction. Solid interpersonal skills leveraged to cultivate productive relationships with peers, colleagues, direct reports, senior leadership, bustiness partners, and customers.

Areas of Expertise include:


•Inventory Control

•Supply Chain

•Team Leadership

•Process Improvements

•Vendor Management

•Problem Solving


•Materials Management

Professional Experience

Speakman Company • New Castle, DE • 2007 to 2018

Purchasing/Planning/Senior Buyer

Held oversight of purchasing and planning of showerheads and safety products for the plumbing industry. Negotiated cost reductions on parts and complete products shipped from suppliers in China, Taiwan, and Australia. Set-up and updated vendor profiles to review and evaluate sourcing of cost-effective new products. Maintained supplier planning/buying processes to ensure productive workflows with no interruptions.

Key Contributions:

•Resourced products and decreased costs to increase sales margins up to 50% for most products.

•Played a key role in setting up a cycle count system and vendor scorecards.

•Consistently achieved annual savings up to $200K to assist company in maintaining profitability.

Collins & Aikman • Havre De Grace, MD • 2004 to 2007


Purchased materials, set-up plant service contracts, and maintained a cost reduction program for a plastic injection molding company that served the automotive industry. Ensured expediting of services, equipment, and spare parts; managed external contactors to maintain consistent workflow.

Key Contributions:

•Developed a purchasing cost improvement program by analysis of monthly/quarterly/yearly reports to identify and track cost savings opportunities.

•Initiated a recycling program for scrapped plastic and paper/cardboard; realized up to $180K in annual cost savings.

•Leveraged a three-quote system to renegotiate contracts; generated cost savings of +$470K from 2004 to 2005.

General Chemical Corporation • Claymont, DE • 1996 to 2004

Purchasing/Materials Supervisor

Managed daily department business operations including Purchasing, Material Control Planning, Stockroom Staff, Internal ISO Auditing, and Shipping and Receiving.

Key Contributions:

•Directed the purchase manufacturing/repair/operations (MRO) supplies, services, and external contractors; oversaw yearly expenditures of $17M.

•Credited with reducing inventory levels by 21%, and increased turnover ratios by two full turns.

•Developed consignment program for high-volume parts with local suppliers to prevent stock outs.

•Developed purchasing cost improvement program; using monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports to track cost savings.

Eurotherm/Chessell Corporation • Newtown, PA • 1981 to 1996

Materials /Production Control Supervisor

Directed Materials, Production Control, Stockroom, and Shipping and Receiving operations.

Key Contributions:

•Analyzed market trends to develop forecasts, production requirements, and Master Schedules that successfully monitor inventories and purchases against customer demand.

•Advised Purchasing team on structuring of short- and long-term contract and purchase orders to ensure acquisition of the best price on raw materials and to maintain profitability.

•Developed a cycle count system to ensure accuracy while eliminating yearly physical counts.

•Assisted in the implementation of an ISO 9000 system.


Studies in Business Management

Bucks County Community College • Newtown, PA


MADV Seminars: Material Requirements Program II

Data Works Seminars: Implementation of Material Requirements Program

Seminars: Word Perfect, Advanced Excel

Futurepast Inc. ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Training Course Certificate

AIAG Class on APQP/PPAP Process

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