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Professional Experience Management

Illinois, United States
December 26, 2015

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Melissa C. Lawson



Strong leader, strong business acumen, detailed-oriented and analytical thinker with solid communication and interpersonal skills. Experienced at establishing and nurturing relationships at all levels. Team player who is results driven and meet deadlines.

Software skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Visio, Outlook; SAP, Dolphin, CVM, Formsite, Quantum, Huddle, JCI Engagement Center


First Sight, Milwaukee, WI

Consultant, 2008 – Present

Partner with owner to create strategies unique to the business; help identify open projects, set priorities, monitor and change outcomes as required. Develop and coach owners to improve performance

Create communication tools such as job descriptions, employee manuals, factsheets, newsletters and web content for social media. Created and implemented new employee orientation process that improved employee morale; managed employment offer/exit interview; introduced and conducted performance evaluations, document details in employee file

Stay current on trends, influence business owner to follow common standards and policy, while coaching on best practices

Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Project Specialist, Raw Materials & Commodities, 2015 - Present

Work with special task force to help de-source active agreements from various business units to be used in a new company.

Identify company-wide active contract agreements

Organize and prioritize contracts to be reviewed and categorize based on most critical. Upload contracts into dedicated system and generate report

Use various report to populate work plan with status / action items and follow-up plan. Communicate information to commodity leaders

Specialist, Supplier Diversity & Business Development, 2014-2015

Lead focused supplier diversity and business development activities. Prepare and maintain related records and reports for internal management teams and external customers in order to monitor compliance and results. Leverage technology to increase user department compliance with diversity sourcing goals.

Partner with purchasing team to identify open projects; establish and foster relationships with diverse suppliers; attend conferences and trade shows to identify and qualify certified diverse supplier candidates; develop current diverse suppliers for continued growth; maintain an effective database with certified suppliers

Recovered 18 million from expired certifications. Work with diverse suppliers to achieve dual certification status with national diverse business certification organizations and public sector agencies. Monitor and evaluate diverse procurement dollars by division and utilization departments and commodity/ category

Government Reporting - Possess thorough knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR), Code of Federal Regulations, and other applicable departmental and service regulatory requirements. Responsible for administrating contracts and subcontractors (including semi-annual Small Business Subcontract reporting) for nationwide and large scale projects

Gather and distribute company-wide diverse business utilization reports for national diverse business organizations (National Minority Supplier Development Council, Woman Business Enterprise National Council and Billion Dollar Roundtable)

Developed department strategy and program to process supplier invoices. Work with Accounts Payable to facilitate invoice payments using SAP, Dolphin and SRM systems. Resolve invoice and receipt issues. Reject or accept payments, follow-up with supplier on open issues and questions surrounding payments and advise diverse suppliers on the proper set-up of invoices to be submitted into the company

Event Management - Manage event participation of supplier diversity team and property logistics for diverse supplier trade fairs and national conferences. Manage planning such as site/venue selection, negotiate with supplier/vendor, meeting setup, food and beverage needs, troubleshoot AV/ technical needs, travel to oversee event/meeting

Deliver presentations to new employees during orientation regarding Supplier Diversity. Deliver live demonstrations at trade shows and conferences regarding the registration process and correct back office practices.


University of Phoenix, Milwaukee, WI

Masters of Business Administration

Concordia University, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration & Communications

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