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Senior Buyer, Procurement, Purchasing, Program Management

Utica, Michigan, United States
March 25, 2019

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Ammar Elias

**** ***** ****

Shelby Township, Mi 48317

Phone: 586-***-****



To obtain a position in which opportunities for advancement and professional development exist.


Oakland University – Rochester, MI 48309

Bachelor of Science – Major: General Management, Minor: Management Information Systems

Master of Business Administration – Anticipated Graduation May 2019

Work History

(2017 – Present) Senior Buyer, Global Lead for Sales and Digital Marketing Purchasing; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Auburn Hills, MI

Responsible for procurement of digital marketing products and services

Led RFQs for brand websites, digital analytics and online creative services

Supported RFQs for media services, CRM and Social

Lead for Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) services

Managed agencies to drive innovation, strong creative and efficiencies

Responsible for dealer digital program in which digital marketing products and services are offered to ~3000 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada

Developed pricing model to maximize savings from negotiations

Built strategies for digital marketing, both global and regional

Developed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) into contracts with suppliers

Created scorecards to manage suppliers

Monitor reports on sales and marketing trends

Create executive level reports based on trends in the industry

Built strong relationships with agencies and internal stakeholders

FCA Buyers Council member

Managed complex projects with global scope

(2015 – 2017) Vendor Oversight and Contract Administration Manager; Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan – Detroit, MI

Built new department for a growing division at the organization

Manage team of five employees

Responsible for building sourcing strategy to maximize value

Responsible for oversight of vendors to ensure CMS compliance

Responsible for development of new contracts

Developed policies and procedures for the department

Developed vendor scorecards for each statement of work

Facilitate weekly and quarterly meetings with each vendor

Lead numerous Request for Proposal (RFP) activities

Acted as point of contact for all inquiries related to vendor activity for department

Responsible for planning workload for the team to align with business needs

Managed strategic projects to completion

Built communication plans to report department status to leadership team

Built strategy for department to align with corporate goals

Support the Risk Adjustment and HEDIS/STARs teams

(2009 – 2015) Senior Procurement Specialist; Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan – Detroit, MI

Responsible for procurement of IT hardware, software and services.

Negotiated contracts with vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco and Adobe.

Negotiated the renewal of contracts for maintenance and support of existing systems.

Managed the vendors to ensure they were performing to agreed SLA’s.

Maintained great relationships with vendors and their management teams.

Worked directly with IT Security and Network teams to implement software.

Developed asset tracking tool to assist with software requirements.

Facilitate meetings with management with monthly reports.

Lead numerous projects that were required by government mandates.

Lead team of employees on year long project to meet new business requirements.

Selected to facilitate the Valuing Our Differences classes.

Selected to participate in the Mentoring Circles program.

Research the market place for the latest trends in technology and forecast usage

Led the effort to obtain best practices for hosted software solutions

SME for taxable commodity codes and set up new codes as necessary

(2007 – 2009) Business Analyst; Hewlett Packard – Pontiac, MI

Responsible for all procurement software licenses for three major clients.

Implemented solutions for cost savings and time savings.

Streamlined processes to obtain software licenses to the client more efficiently.

Provided monthly reports to management and the client on procurements & software installations.

Negotiated contracts with suppliers to ensure best pricing.

Handled approximately $100K in Software procurement per month while tracking installations.

Assisted in development of strategic sales growth opportunities for the company.

Selected to work on a hardware inventory in Tulsa, OK; this saved the company ~$3M.

Produced monthly audit reports for Adobe and Microsoft licenses.

Negotiated the Microsoft contract on behalf of the client for three years.

Organized and facilitated meetings to ensure goals and deadlines were met.

Improved processes that allowed for greater customer satisfaction.

Involved with shipping and tracking hardware to client sites.

(2004 – 2008) Team Lead, Sales Associate; Best Buy – Utica, MI

Responsible for customers’ end-to-end needs while ensuring a great shopping experience.

Trained, prepared and supported new employees.

Organized and facilitated department meetings and reported back to the General Manager on a weekly basis.

Produced monthly profit and expense reports for management.

Handled shipping and receiving products twice a week.

Core Competencies

Implementation Specialist


Contract Planning

Customer Relationships

Strategic Planning

Cost Reduction

Problem Solving

Analytical Thinking


Contract Management

Project Reporting


Trend Planning

Goal Setting


Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook


Available upon request




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