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Buyer/ Planner III

Cleveland, Ohio, United States
October 31, 2016

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Theresa Miller

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Procurement, Demand Planning, Logistics & Warehousing Professional

Customer Service ~ Procurement ~ Supply Chain Management ~ Scheduling ~ Forecasting

Problem Solving ~ Supplier Relationships ~ Inventory Planning & Control ~ Outbound Shipments


Exceptional talents in coordinating supply chain activities and purchase order process while ensuring strict adherence to defined budgets, quality control, and customer satisfaction. Constantly strive to maximize profitability, product integrity, cost control and sustainability through outstanding research, forecasting, relationship-building, problem solving and negotiating capabilities. Adept at preparing comprehensive reports to meticulously track progress and monitor achievement of goals and KPIs. Well-versed in risk analysis, order entry, invoice processing, load planning, carrier assignments, accounts payable, and inventory control.

Key Accomplishments:

Steadily advanced through a series of promotions at Oatey Supply Chain Services based on proven performance, contributions, dedication, and loyalty.

Merged polished skills in planning and forecasting to reduce days on hand inventory by 25% in 2014.

Proactively streamlined and accelerated Indirect Spend procurement process at Oatey by replacing manual method with electronic request forms.

Efficiently consolidated suppliers to one single source, ensuring best customer pricing and reducing PPV variances.

Championed procedures to slash fines from retail suppliers by 75% through outstanding talents in outbound planning.

Fostered and maintained unified relationships with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams spanning multiple factories and suppliers.

Professional Experience

Thermo Fisher

Buyer/Planner III Bedford Hts., Ohio March 2016 to Present

Analyze and adjust system forecasts based on daily review of product movement.

Assist in development of proper safety stock strategies.

Interpret and report forecast implications of phasing in/out of items.

Prepare work orders for custom customer orders and forecasted finished goods.

Create and manage inventory parameters at the SKU level to balance service level and inventory turn goals.

Interfaced with Sales, Marketing, and Purchasing to obtain the necessary information for the forecasting process.

Coordinates interdepartmental activity with quality assurance, manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, inventory control, traffic to schedule and expedite the movement of WIP and finished goods by means of move orders, stock transfers and requests for shipping orders.

Amersco, LLC a VWR Company

Buyer – Direct Spend Solon, Ohio, September 2015 to March 2016

Prepared purchase orders using MRP system Fourth Shift.

Evaluate sourcing requirements and request quotes to move purchased items from distributors to purchase direct from the manufacturer for potential savings of $60K annually.

Work closely with production planners to ensure delivery of raw materials were in line with production plans.

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Amersco, LLC a VWR Company Solon, Ohio, September 2015 to March 2016

Work with accounting to resolve invoice discrepancies and ensure suppliers were paid in a timely manner.

Collaborate with customers and internal stakeholders to design and source label requirements for private label finished goods.

Oatey Supply Chain Services Cleveland, Ohio, 1995 to 2015

Senior Buyer – Direct Spend (2014 to 2015)

Applied dynamic leadership expertise toward training, coaching, mentoring and managing two buyers.

Prepared and provided suppliers with 3-6 month forecasts to reduce obsolesce and supplier holding costs.

Trained buyers in use of PNC third-party accounting match systems.

Assessed and resolved quality issues with supplier and continually researched strategies to lower cost of materials.

Fostered highly cooperative relationships with production planners to ensure timely delivery of raw materials, critical to preventing production and back-order situations.

Worked in tandem with 3PL Unyson Logistics to improve delivery timeliness.

Collaboratively designed and developed interactive website for buyers to determine delivery dates for raw materials.

Buyer I (2012 to 2014)

Purchased raw materials (2,500+ SKUs) via MPS/ERP software (Dynamics AX).

Worked effectively with 3PL provider to ensure punctual deliveries and expedite when required.

Defined best purchasing practices to centralize buying of raw material within Cleveland facility.

Cultivated, nurtured, and maintained cohesive supplier relationships to ensure quality and reduce lead times.

Diligently monitored days on hand and worked with suppliers to advance or delay shipments via AX software to minimize inventory on hand.

Outbound Planner (2004 to 2012)

Spearheaded outbound operations by closely working with 3PL company and internal stakeholders to ensure 100% wholesale and retail customer satisfaction.

Planned and seamlessly allocated materials to eight internal distribution centers.

Delegated daily assignments to floor managers and exercised strong analytical skills to investigate and swiftly resolve customer issues.

Reviewed and reduced back-orders through use of BOSS WMS and subsequently SCALE WMS.

Logistics Analyst (2002 to 2004)

Proficiently used CalcRate software to administer $20M in-house freight bill payment.

Strategically teamed with carriers and sales representatives to reduce freight costs via consolidation.

Requested, prepared and investigated NAFTA certificates for manufacturing plant in Mexico.

Administration & Planning (1997 to 2002)

Leveraged sharp planning skills to prepare customer orders for shipping including handling export documentation.

Performed daily cycle counts to ensure inventory accuracy and eliminate the need to conduct a full annual physical inventory.

Oversaw invoice payment releases for 300-500 outbound customer orders daily.

Warehouse Floor Supervisor (1995 to 1997)

Advanced from general laborer role to supervise 25 associates including delegating workload, evaluating performance, mentoring staff, and providing ongoing coaching to achieve goals for accuracy and timeliness.

Education & Certifications

Associate Degree, Liberal Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH

Associate Degree, Business Management, Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH

Lean Mastery Certification

HAZMAT Certification

NAFTA Certification

Six Sigma Green Belt Training


BOSS Warehouse Management Systems; CalcBOL; CalcRate Bill Payment; Microsoft Office Suite;

AS400; Microsoft Dynamics AX; SCALE WMS; PNC third-party payment; Fourth Shift; EtQ; JD Edwards; Rational Quality System

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