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Quality Engineer Manager

Livonia, Michigan, United States
November 26, 2018

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Livonia, Michigan 48154



Alexander Associates, Bloomfield Hills, MI January 2011 – Present

Manufactures’ Rep Firm to tier-one automotive customers

Purchasing / Sales Engineer

Interfaced with Commodity Managers and Engineers to develop commodity strategies.

Received RFQ’s and developed competitive quotes.

Managed programs from initial launch until end of program.

Worked with manufacturing sites to develop yearly cost reductions.

Generated 6 million yearly in sales.

Technically oriented.

Excellent convincing skills and negotiation abilities.

Very people oriented.

Flintgroup, Plymouth, MI April 2008 - December 2010

Second largest manufacturer of ink in the world

Global Lead Buyer

Responsible for managing the procurement of global raw materials such as solvents, waxes, vegetable oils, and additives.

Successfully negotiated with suppliers and developed contracts that were a win/win.

Worked with our technical directors and other buyers around the world to achieve over $5 million dollars in hard savings. This was accomplished by substituting lower cost materials, leveraging global volumes, and creating global supplier partners.

Developed and managed on-line travel program. This resulted in $100,000 savings per year.

Novatron Corporation, Warren, Michigan August 2006 - April 2008

Supplier of instrument panels and electrical systems to the marine industry

Purchasing Manager

Strategically developed formal Purchasing department. This included developing commodity strategies, writing procedures, and training buyers.

Achieved 3% savings by renegotiating contracts, market testing and finding world-class suppliers. Avoided 5% in material cost increases by working with suppliers to understand their costs and collectively finding solutions.

Eberspaecher North America, Novi, Michigan May 2005 - August 2006

Tier- one supplier of automotive exhaust systems

Director of Purchasing

Mentored staff to develop a commodity strategy which resulted in a 5% savings. This was achieved through market testing, cost modeling and negotiating long- term contracts.

Achieved $500,000 in savings from sourcing components to low-cost countries.

Initiated an e-commerce system for MRO goods. Achieved a 5% savings.

Custom Promotions, Southfield, Michigan July 2004 - May 2005

Large supplier of Ad Specialty Items to the UAW

Purchasing Manager

Managed a staff of four buyers. Created a commodity strategy by reducing the supply base by 50% and initiating long-term agreements. This resulted in a 10% savings. Developed purchasing procedures and coached staff in negotiating techniques.

Lear Corporation, Southfield, Michigan June 1998 - July 2004

Tier-one supplier of seating and interior systems, power distribution systems and switches

Corporate Purchasing Manager (2002-2004)

Coached a staff of buyers that purchased $300 million dollars in tooling, capital equipment, and MRO items for Lear manufacturing facilities. Saved 15% with negotiated contracts.

Senior Buyer – Corporate Purchasing (1998-2002) Plastics, Stampings, Electrical Components

Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. (AFL), Dearborn, Michigan August 1995 - June 1998

Tier-one supplier of power distribution systems and components

Buyer (1996-1998) Plastics and stampings

Supplier Quality Engineer – Purchasing Department (1995-1996)

Eaton Corporation, Rochester Hills, Michigan July 1988 - August 1995

Tier-one supplier of electronic switches, sensors, electro-mechanical solenoids and valves

Supplier Quality Engineer (1989-1995)

Quality Supervisor (1988-1989)

Bernal Rotary Systems, Troy Michigan September 1984 - July 1988

Manufacturer of assembly equipment

Inspection Supervisor (1986-1988)

Inspector (1984-1986)

Edgewood Tool, Taylor, Michigan October 1978 - September 1984

Tier-one supplier of metal stampings.

Inspector (1981-1984)

Press Operator (1978-1981)


Bachelor Degree in Business Administration

Baker College, Flint, Michigan

Associate of Science Degree in Manufacturing Technologies

Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

Certified Purchasing Professional

Dale Carnegie – Sales Advantage

Other Interests

Marathon Runner



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