Wake Forest, NC 27587
Dedicated team player and Purchasing professional with proven expertise as a Senior Buyer, Purchasing Agent, Supply Chain Specialist, Procurement Specialist and Purchasing Manager.
Public and private sector experience with small, mid –sized and Fortune 500 companies.
Utilized expertise in Purchasing with Fortune 500 companies and handled Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) to support clients; worked as part of an Integrated Supply Chain team.
Conducted research on goods, services and suppliers; selected the most efficient and cost effective solutions; achieved cost savings of up to 49%.
Evaluated requirements and purchased a variety of items including packaging materials, office supplies, specialized equipment and office equipment, materials and furniture.
Handled RFP’s, RFQs and RFI’s; consulted with suppliers and solicited bids, reviewed price quotations, set contract terms and conditions, and awarded vendor contracts.
Handled database security and maintenance, inbound logistics, procurement, system program training, sales and customer service interaction, supplier relations and overall order integrity.
Trained staff on improvements and upgrades to databases and systems; responsible for communicating system upgrades and alterations to the corporate staff.
Managed 3 direct reports including 2 junior buyers and a purchasing clerk.
Tracked orders and inventory levels to ensure maintenance of overall business operations; set delivery schedules and contacted clients, customers and suppliers to correct problems.
Used electronic purchasing systems and the Internet to stay connected with suppliers.
Southeastern Paper Group, Brown Summit, NC November 2018-present
Generate sales through prospecting, researching and development of strong relationships with clients and suppliers.
Offer product and system solutions to clients that help enhance their efficiencies and reduce their overall costs.
Help customers navigate online systems to better facilitate their ordering experience from the field.
Encourage brand awareness by presenting our line of products where applicable.
Ernest Packaging Solutions, Morrisville, NC October 2010-August 2018
Daily report review and procurement of inventoried, non-inventoried and customer manufactured materials for resale and for the manufacturing division.
Heavy supplier interaction including new product reviews, training schedules, pricing negotiations, follow-up and sales/supplier/customer interactions.
Provide product knowledge and training for all new Client Relationship Manager hires, which was a constant flow in a growing company.
Process Requests for Quotes and bids for Client Relationship Managers, Client Coordinators and Directors of Client Relations.
Control and document nonconforming product database and area for division.
Record and report achieved savings for division beyond everyday cost savings via spot buys and one-off negotiations.
Supplier invoice validation and conversion for manufacturing division.
IBM, Raleigh, NC September 2008 – October 2010
Procurement Services/Tactical Buyer
Provide world-wide third party procurement through IBM’s Global Procurement organization Clients include Sara Lee, The Coca-Cola Company and Hitachi Metals America.
Work as part of IBM Integrated Supply Chain team staffed through Manpower Professionals.
Manage project cost savings of indirect spend and standard procurement.
Provide tactical buying support and heavy contact with clients and suppliers.
Participate in purchasing audits and multi-party procurement events.
Handle complex vendor negotiations, secondary procurement, strategic and tactical sourcing.
Utilize SAP, IBM system platforms, sourcing tools, W3 Intranet Portal & Sourcing Feed Databases.
Participated in various training courses including Six Sigma, SAP, Supplier Performance Evaluation, Procurement Contracting, EnjoySAP, Workforce Diversity and Leadership Competencies.
Manage budgets, source contractors, collect and analyze bids, establish contracts with vendors and suppliers; increase leverage power and one time savings; achieved cost savings of up to 49%.
Oversee logistics and facilities expenses related to reconstruction, demolitions, repairs to conveyer belts and equipment, office supplies, copiers, and warehousing.
Professional Experience Continued
Work with Accounts Payable to handle questions related to invoices discrepancies.
Exposure to V lookups and pivot tables.
Kennedy Office Supply, Raleigh, NC 2005 – 2008
Purchased office supplies, commodity office furniture, custom forms, printer and computer supplies, electronics, computer peripherals, janitorial supplies and break room materials for resale to small to mid- sized companies.
Conducted inventory analysis and maintained inventory related to turns and inventory investment.
Handled supplier negotiations, provided sales support and interacted with all other departments.
Analyzed data utilizing various system reports along with reports individually created in MS Excel; reports and analysis completed with heavy MS Excel and MS Word utilization.
Developed and implemented an in-house stocking program. Handled warehouse restructure, re-design and profiling of order flow, product sourcing, and order staging.
Handled RFQ’s and RFI’s, bid requests, one time large purchases and strategic sourcing solutions.
Corporate Express, Henderson, NC 1993 – 2005
Senior Buyer & Project Leader (1999 – 2005) Henderson, NC
Managed inbound logistics, procurement, supplier relations and overall order integrity.
Responsible for training regional division staff and communicating system upgrades or alterations.
Assisted salespeople and the customer service team with quotes and bids.
Oversaw database security and maintenance.
Purchasing Manager (1995-1998) Stratford, CT
Handled responsibility for entire office products inventory.
Selected from a pool of applicants to join the Purchasing Department for a new state of the art Corporate location in Henderson, NC.
Purchasing Agent (1994-1995) Stratford, CT
Managed 45% of a multi-million dollar inventory of office supplies, electronics, and commodities for distribution in the Northeast portion of the United States.
Provided basic procurement of finished goods and manufacturers.
Handled distribution, restocking, analysis of systems.
Managed 3 direct reports including 2 junior buyers and administrative assistant.
Customer Service Representative (1993 – 1994) Stratford, CT
Boise Cascade Office Products, Naugatuck, CT 1989-1993
Managed multi-million dollar inventory for a large office products distribution company.
Provided informational support for a sales staff, customer service team and the accounting group.
Communicated inventory trends and industry issues to the division.
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Coursework towards BA in Business Administration
GP, Profit21, SAP Procurement, MS Access, Excel, AS400, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, ISIS, Wyse and Basic terminals
References Provided Upon Request