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Manager Purchasing

Auburn, AL
February 19, 2020

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ERIC FREEMAN H: 334-***-**** Opelika, AL 36830

Seasoned Purchasing Manager with 9+ years of progressive experience orchestrating global procurement functions focused on product/service quality, cost-efficiency, and effectively addressing inventory requirements. Skilled project leader and logistics expert committed to timely and within-budget deliverables. Possess strong background boosting performance of high-traffic warehousing platforms.


Inventory Management (10 years)

Supervisory Experience (7 years)

Scheduling / Planning (8 years)

Capacity Management (3 years)

Quality Assurance (4 years)

Material Requirements Planning (8 years)

Production Scheduling (3 years)


Excellent problem solving skills

Logistics Management (6 years)

Material Management (8 years)

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)/ PPAP (2 years)

MS Office Suite

ERPs - / SAP / AS400 / Maximo / MRO

Straehle + Hess Auburn, AL

Purchasing Manager

01/2019 - Current

Developed and managed cost reduction and waste elimination policies. Negotiated and managed vendor contracts.

Facilitated efficient purchasing and resource availability through monitoring and oversight of all company inventory. Coordinated the importation of items via ocean and air, including custom clearances.

Monitored weekly, monthly and quarterly achievement goals. Established a cross-functional team that exceeded benchmarked order management metrics and reduced the average purchasing cycle times time year-over-year.

Led initiative for new purchasing protocol proposal and implementation. Expedited distribution of materials to locations.

Worked with shipment companies to manage distribution. Located and veted vendors, established good relationships and negotiated contracts.

Managed team of 6 direct reports.

Established training programs.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation Opelika,


Sr. Buyer / Material Scheduler

11/2016 - 12/2018

Oversaw the purchasing department by supervising staff on procurements and training new purchasing employees. Led sourcing projects to ensure the on-time delivery of purchase order materials.

Documented vital procurement information and updates in SAP. Diminished project gaps, ensuring smooth inventory workflow while reducing task duplication.


Created solutions in the areas of inventory, sales reporting, distribution and product upgrades that led to system improvements and streamlined processes.

Scheduled 22 different Raw Material from around to world with no manufacturing interruptions.

Supervised financial strategies and managed the maintenance inventory while identifying cost-effective vendors and suppliers. Sourcing, RFQ, RFP process, supplier selection, contract review and price negotiation.

Work with A/P to set-up new vendors and monitoring Approved Supplier List (ASL).

Borbet of Alabama Auburn, AL

EDI Specialist & Logistic / Production

Planning Support

03/2014 - 11/2016

Compiled data on spreadsheets to devise forecasts for production planning by gathering input from production staff and leaders. Developed production procedures by evaluating workflow, devising targeted plans and creating customer order schedules aligned with available materials and resources.

Devised weekly production plans in line with market demand. Supervised and guided materials planning and production teams to drive business objectives.

Formulate long- and short-term plans ranging from months to over a year with focus on quality and timely completion of objectives. Monitored records and files transmissions to customers to ensure smooth and error-free deliveries.

Source and Negotiate freight terms and condition.

Receive, Compare & Enter Customer Demand in ERP

Oversaw International Custom Clearance and Harmonized Tariff Schedule


Oversee the Customer & Plant Capacity for BMW, Mercedes, Nissan & VW

Process EDI Transactions (X12M Supply Chain): 820, 850, 855, 860, 862, 856, 840

Borbet-Alabama Aurburn, AL

Purchasing Sr. Buyer / Material Planning

/ Inventory

01/2011 - 02/2014

Negotiate Contracts, Vendor Analyst, Material Planning, Negotiate Capital Projects and Track Purchase Orders.

Assist accounting in resolving receiving and invoicing issues Monitor Weekly Aluminum FIFO on Inventory

Schedule Daily / Monthly Aluminum Trucking Deliveries (90 -100 Trucks Monthly)

Direct the E.O.M Inventory for Accounting

Create and Release Purchase Order for Contracted Yearly Aluminum Tonnage

Schedule Weekly Pick-ups and Deliveries

Vendor Audits/Analysis• Create and Implement Terms and Agreements Improved Tool Crib and Maintenance Crib inventory for correct lead time(s), pricing and vendor information.

Develop a cost-saving platform with supplier to help reduce freight cost Constructed a plan with UPS and Transgroup Transportation contacts that would cost save on overseas freight

Borbet-Alabama Auburn, AL

Maintenance Material Planner

05/2007 - 12/2010

Over-see and Issue of Material (tools/parts) to maintenance and production workers.

Receive inventory into the AS/400 - SAP ERP system. Monitor vendor performance and request countermeasures to delivery issues

Create Part Numbers and Assign Location

Daily Inventory Audits on MaintSmart for inventory control. Institute and Maintain the JIT ordering process for precise ordering Investigation, tracking and disposition of obsolete material. Monitor production parts on a continual basis to prevent the occurrence of a shortage

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Production Control, Cost and Vendor Analyst and Price Negotiations ATS Wheels of Alabama Auburn, AL

Night Shift Production Leader

11/2005 - 04/2007

Education and Training

Coordinate the paint department to help achieve company goals by supporting production workers in getting out parts. Orchestrate the wheel loading schedule to make sure that the correct wheel was painted

Maintain the Lean Manufactory standards set by the company Organized the reworked wheels to be repainted

Work with Foundry, Machining and Paint to identify and prevent defects Manage 4 direct reports and 30 indirect reports.

Oversaw night shift logistics and warehousing

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Master of Science in Logistics’ & Supply Chain Management 2018

South University Montgomery, AL

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology



APIC's Certified Production Inventory Management (CPIM)

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