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Buyer/Purchasing or Operations Manager

Mansfield, OH, 44904
$55,000 per year
June 25, 2019

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Brett Peters

Mansfield, OH 614-***-****

Purchasing / Supply Chain / Operations Manager

Data-Driven Decision-Making Cost-Saving Initiatives Inventory Controls Logistics Management

Possess a wealth of industry experience combined with a master’s degree and exceptional team leadership skills

Championed key initiatives to deploy new controls, policies, systems, and technologies for maximum efficiency

Captured significant and sustainable cost savings, safety improvements, and inventory optimization KPIs


Purchasing & Supply Chain Management

Fiscal Management & Cost Control

Talent Acquisition & Retention

Lean Principles & Practices

Continuous Improvement

Associate Training & Development

Scheduling & Resource Allocation

Loss Prevention & Risk Mitigation

Safety Program Management

Technology Deployments


Pittsburgh Glass Works, Division of Vitro Automotive Glass – Crestline, OH

Storeroom Coordinator, 2014-April 2019

Stepped into an environment that had been operating without a Storeroom Coordinator for 5+ months, quickly identifying and triaging operational needs, installing immediate cycle counts to rectify $235K in missing inventory, and defining and implementing the controls to turn around the situation. Managed purchasing of more than 8,500 parts with more than $5.5M+ in on-hand inventory. Led, coached, and trained a team of 4 full-time storeroom attendants.

Sourcing & SKU Management: Added 650+ parts to on-hand SKUs critical for day-to-day production needs—representing more than $2.3M in value—reducing the factory’s unplanned downtime from 4.3% to 1.6% in 3 years.

Inventory Management: Reduced write-offs and annual adjustments by leading cycle/inventory counts on stocked spare parts & MRO supplies. Drove continuous improvement every year to reduce write-off percentages, taking the business from .009% adjustments to just .002% in annual adjustments on $5.5M+ in inventory.

Employee Engagement & Retention: Reduced attrition and the cost of sourcing and training new-hires by developing a positive workplace culture, providing professional development, and supporting the team.

Operations & Business Continuity: Ensured uninterrupted service of the storeroom on a 24/7/365 basis with the entire team of 5 taking a total of only 8 unplanned personal days over the course of nearly 5 years.

Parts Movement Planning: Assisted PGW facilities across the country in coordinating emergency transfers of parts and equipment critical for continuity; coordinated movement of $100K+ in transfers over the past 2 years.

Technology Implementation: Played a key role in the preparation and conversion to SAP, participating in work teams to promote a smooth transition for the plant and storeroom as SAP/Ariba rolled out enterprise-wide.

Organizational Efficiency: Implemented Grainger vending system for commonly used items, partnering with plant administration to install controls, and working with Engineering to set up access.

Alpha 1 Induction Service Center – Columbus, OH

Purchasing / Shipping / Receiving / Inventory Control & Safety Coordinator, 2006-2014

Developed and facilitated training programs to bolster safety, procedural, and QA across a multi-campus, 40K sf manufacturing environment. Assessed the needs of a 24-34-person workforce, capitalizing on 1:1 training opportunities to enhance procedural compliance. Maintained compliance with OSHA regulations, including the “Right to Know” station. Processed, tracked, and troubleshot issues that arose with domestic and international shipments.

Procurement & Supply Chain Management: Issued POs, managed vendors, controlled costs, and performed quote analysis. Renegotiated Grainger vendor agreement to achieve per-part discount of 40% on over 420 SKUs.

Inventory Management: Cut inventory write-offs 48%, by diligently monitoring asset security—including 2,200 parts—through cycle counts and annual inventory. Reduced onsite inventory ($1M+ in 2006) to less than $200K.

Project Tracking & Reporting: Monitored the progress of 225+ projects—ranging in value to $750K—in various stages of the lifecycle, and provided senior leadership status reports.

P&L Optimization: Reduced total company write-offs from $200K to $25K in the first 15 months, by auditing completed jobs to verify charges and ensure 100% accurate billing.

Risk Management: Employed positive feedback, counseling, and productive disciplinary measures to improve safety, reduce recordable injuries, and minimize lost workdays. In the year prior to arrival, company experienced 189 lost work days; in first year reduced to 2 lost workdays, and in 2011 achieved 0 reportable workplace injuries.

Training & Development: Created and conducted monthly safety meetings to introduce and review best practices, performance standards, production goals, policies and procedures, and compliance initiatives.

SSC Service Solutions – Columbus, OH

Contract Manager, 2005-2006; Trainee, 2005

Maintained a cost-effective operation, diligently overseeing purchasing, supply management, inventory, equipment usage, and variable expenses. Facilitated monthly training sessions to increase organizational awareness of quality control, regulatory compliance, and safety. Served as the HR manager for the team, independently managing site-based recruitment, interviewing/hiring, training, scheduling, performance management, safety, and compliance.

General Management: Fast-track promoted to contract manager in only 4 months; acted as an interim GM for area and out-of-state facilities during manager absences and new mall launches.

Internal & External Communications: Disseminated information throughout a team of up to 32 janitorial staff and facilitated weekly meetings with mall ownership to discuss initiatives.

Recruitment & Selection: Ensured adequate staffing levels to maintain contractual compliance in the maintenance of City Center Mall, a 1,000,000+ sq. ft. facility with 24/7/365 access.

Rhodes Furniture – Columbus, OH

Assistant Warehouse Manager/Home Delivery Manager, 2004-2005; Operations Manager Trainee, 2004

Oversaw retail delivery operations throughout a 3-state region, managing all aspects of order fulfillment, quality assurance, and shipping. Orchestrated all onsite human resources concerns for a team of skilled labor and supervisory team members, handling recruitment, training, performance management, and compliance.

Safety Management: Led the 75,000 sf facility—with 35+ team members—to secure a perfect safety record with no recordable injuries in the 6 months as Assistant Warehouse Manager.

Inventory Management: Conducted four retail and warehouse inventories, planning counts intricately to ensure accurate numbers for millions of dollars in stock.


Keller Graduate School of Management – Columbus, OH

MBA – Human Resources, 2004

Adrian College – Adrian, MI

BA – Communications & Mass Media, 1995

Elected as an Alumni Board Member, 2012-present

Train the Trainer Certificate, 2008

Essentials of OSHA Compliance Certificate, 2006


MS Office Applications, Infor, TabWare, SAP, Ariba

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