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Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44022, United States
October 05, 2016

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***** ********* ***** • Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023

• c.440-***-****


Detail-oriented, with proven expertise in vendor relations, purchasing/buying, business analysis & reporting, and contract negotiations. Strengths in analyzing business, prioritizing work responsibilities, and communicating with all levels of the organization. Track record of success in buying, cost saving and management. Competencies and skills include:

Forecasting Inventory Management

Merchandising Business Analysis & Reporting

Management Skills Microsoft Office

Contract Negotiations SAP/MRP/P2P Experience


Materion Corp.,Mayfield Hts., Oh Feb 2014- Present

Materion Corporation (NYSE: MTRN) is one of the world’s premier high performance, advanced materials companies, dedicated to providing solutions and services that enable our customers’ technologies and their growth. Our advanced engineered materials are used in a variety of electrical, electronic, thermal and structural applications. Global markets served include consumer electronics, telecommunications, commercial aerospace, defense and science, energy, medical, industrial components, data storage and automotive electronics.


Purchase all material (raw and MRO) for 3 facilities for a total spend of over 35 million/1500 suppliers

Handling logistics violations with charge backs to suppliers, communicating correct procedures

Maintain good relations with all plant operations and suppliers

Conducted training on site or through Web-ex with stakeholders on new processes

Coordinate with receiving dept./warehouse any problems encountered for the items received –quality, RMA’s

Conduct quote requests and research for new products/services/vendors by working with Engineers

Travel as needed to support plant operations and visit suppliers

Participate in Supplier Summit, Procurement Days, Tradeshows,ISM conferences and other metrics to support job requirements

Tasked with finding Cost Saves, extending supplier terms to 60 days, and other ways to effect P&L

Rollout new Corporate preferred supplier programs and follow through on compliance

Hold bi-weekly Buyer meetings:; monthly stakeholder web-ex training on SAP programs

Consolidated all purchasing from Materion site locations to Corporate

Currently converting SAP process over to Procure to Pay (P2P)through Ariba

Participate in Quarterly Business Reviews for Preferred Suppliers under contract

Worked on converting sites to VMI programs

EP Cleveland, Valley View, Oh 2011- 2014

EP Cleveland Inc. is a manufacturer of rubber and thermoplastic hydraulic hoses for the industrial original equipment and distribution sectors, offering just-in-time components and assemblies. EP Cleveland is a subsidiary of Fluid Routing Systems owned by Park Ohio Industries.

Senior Buyer

Overseeing daily requirements placing 80% of orders with overseas suppliers, communicating both electronically and through bi-weekly conference calls. Meeting with Inside Sales, Production Manager, Engineering and Quality daily to make sure all needs are met.

Coordinate buying components to customer forecast

Purchase materials for office use, production, MRO and suppliers

Reconcile Purchase Orders to receipts and invoices

Continuously researching and analyzing supplies for best price and quality

Manage weekly reports analyzing needs and demands

Quote requests with suppliers- negotiating better terms and prices

Set up new suppliers to carry inventory and deliver in weekly buckets, as needed.

Key responsibilities include: system planning, maintaining proper inventory to accommodate production while minimizing inventory levels. Working daily with suppliers to cover needs (just in time delivery), quality assurance (ISO certified and TS)terms, supplier holding inventory at nearby site, and maintaining supplier relations.

During my career at EP Cleveland I successfully reduced inventory from 4.2M to 2.7M along with total cost saves for the company of almost 500,000 dollars.

Guardian Building Products, Solon, OH 2007 to 2010

Operating over 100 regional offices, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities to service its global market Guardian consists of Guardian Fiberglass, Guardian Distribution and Guardian Direct. GBP is one of the largest building material distribution networks in North America and distributes to over 30,000 customers in the residential and light commercial construction industries.

Purchasing Agent/Buyer

Handle direct customer orders and replenished branch stock. Other duties involved:

Annual Spend for branch replenishment - 3 Million dollars

Monthly Inventory/monitor safety stock levels

Vendor Meetings

Co-coordinating multiply deliveries and follow up customer service

Analyze reports generated by Citrix- checking by location stock quantities

JOANN STORES, INC., Hudson OH 2005 to 2006 $1.9 billion publicly traded specialty retailer of fabric, craft, and home decor products with 840 stores in 47 states.

Vendor Relations Analyst

Liaison between JoAnn Stores and domestic and import vendors, handling a variety of issues for the Home Decor area. Worked closely with the merchandising support center. Prepared monthly purchasing and sales reports. Assisted buyers as a member of the category management team.

Updated master vendor list information for over 750 vendors to assure currency of data.

Created complete 5 year detailed master vendor contracts between vendors and Joann Stores.

Trained vendors on use of online portal to extract business information.

Represented Joann Stores on numerous vendor issues such as transportation, tracking expansion orders, $1.6 million warehouse funding requests, and new store shipments.

Successfully persuaded numerous domestic vendors to participate in new store initiatives such as planogram box shipping, shipping pre-filled fixtures, and vendor-servicing merchandise, thereby saving thousands of team member payroll hours.

Traveled to new store locations to determine future opportunities for vendor participation in new store initiatives.

Worked on and updated the vendor relationship guide and international logistics guide.

Negotiated contract terms with 27 import vendors to increase new store allowance terms.

Converted many import contracts from Letter of Credit terms to Open Account terms, thereby allowing Jo-Ann Stores to eliminate bank fees and keep funds longer saving thousands of dollars in interest and fees.

THE HIGBEE COMPANY / DILLARDS, Cleveland, OH 1978 to 1992

$7.7 billion publicly traded retail company.

Senior Buyer / Department Manager

Bought ready-to-wear merchandise for 12 branch department store. Managed department functions including scheduling, sales set up, yearly inventory, customer service and employee reviews.


BA, Merchandising/Business, Notre Dame College, South Euclid,

Ohio Real Estate License

Karrass Effective Negotiating Seminar

Currently studying for CPSM exam

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