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Purchasing Manager

Meriden, CT
September 30, 2020

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Purchasing Manager

Alvin and Company - Bloomfield, CT

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Reports directly to the CFO along with the CEO, and a member of the company's senior management team. Principal buyer of foreign goods while managing 3 buyers and a logistics coordinator. Reduced inventory by 30% while improving fill rates via sku rationalization and creating a never out of stock program keying on our top 500 items.

Solidified Alvin's brand in the marketplace by spearheading a packaging standardization project. Key liaison with the outside sales team assisting in special procurement and pricing. Stakeholder in the closure of a distribution center that centralized the flow of goods achieving greater efficiency. Partners with the marketing team on seasonal promotions. Responsible for ensuring all government regulations are met. Director of Merchandising / District Manager / Buyer Namco, LLC - Manchester, CT

2009 to November 2016

Director of Merchandising

Reported directly to the CEO, and a member of the company's senior management team. Responsible for the all of the company's product purchasing Creates sales and margin plan for the company

Manages several of the company's divisions: customer service, installations, merchandising, purchasing, and retail operations

Creates all of the company's promotions including television spots, newspaper inserts, and email campaigns Provides financial and product performance reporting to the management team Facilitates weekly meetings with field management

Introduced new categories that increased top lines sales by $1.7M with gross margin dollars of $800K District Manager

Reported directly to the CEO, and a member of the company's senior management team. Total P&L Responsibility for 12 retail locations throughout Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. CHRISTOPHER


Purchasing Manager - Alvin and Company

Meriden, CT 06450


Experienced and accomplished consumer goods executive with over 20 years of experience looking to leverage an extensive background in operations, sales, talent acquisition, and procurement with an established organization. Manage payroll, hiring, and training throughout district Helped create and implement company training programs Main point of contact for all loss prevention and facility issues Drive sales through executing company's promotional plan, and assist closing sales while maintaining gross margin plan Provide feedback for merchant and advertising teams on promotional opportunities based on inventory availability and sales trends

Facilitate weekly business reviews at the district and company level. Central point of contact for all escalated customer service issues. Provide oversight and guidance for all performance discipline. Assist with remote IT functions as needed.

Ensure that planogram integrity and store standards are kept. Monitor all district financial operations are met. Created planogram and merchandise plan for 3 temporary locations. Buyer

Reported directly to the CEO, and a member of the company's senior management team. Sourced and purchased several hundred SKUs resulting in $50M in annual sales. Managed and developed patio category buyer, overseeing all patio purchasing. Created weekly print and television promotions.

Designed and implemented training materials for 40 store chain. Created floor plans for the chain based on historical data and future products. Assisted in developing the company's commission structure. Managed promotional pricing to attain company's sales and margin goals. Created and implemented new store signage program for the chain. Provided guidance to district managers and store personnel toward closing big ticket sales, authorizing additional customer savings.

Managed analytics through use of AS400 and Microstrategy. Created many reports supporting the raw data. Sourced, purchased, and implemented a new online only product assortment. Worked alongside CEO and CFO to ensure the OTB was managed correctly and in line with the company's cash model. Introduced new product lines that modernized the company's pool assortment. Conducted weekly sales conference call with store management teams. Planned and allocated product distribution to the chain based on sales and inventory projections. Provided IT department with promotional pricing to be coded into the POS for the stores, tested all promotions to ensure they worked as planned.

Negotiating price and terms with new and existing vendors. Managed inbound product flow to ensure the warehouse could physically support new shipments. Assist customer service department with customer product and availability issues, working directly with customers with escalated issues.

Implemented a vendor training program where store teams could meet and ask questions with vendor representatives. Assisted field leadership team with interviewing potential store management candidates. Copy and Print manager

Staples, Inc

2005 to 2007

Helped create the company's first standalone Copy and Print stores. Overall responsibility for 6 Copy and Print centers and grew sales by 38%. Helped implement a redesign of order entry materials, pricing structure, and wide format print capabilities. Held district wide trainings.

Responsible for all performance management, training, and hiring for 6 Copy and Print centers. Assisted the home office on new product ideas and company training materials. Central point of contact for all customer issues and large volume customers. Assist store management teams to ensure they are driving all customers toward the Copy and Print centers. CopyMax Hub Manager

OfficeMax - Waterbury, CT

2002 to 2005

Managed high volume production workflow supporting 34 store locations. Chosen as a member of a national task force to create new company programs. Led the first CopyMax store to achieve $1M in annual sales. Created and implemented training materials at the regional level. Responsible for hiring, training, and performance management of store personnel. Assisted outside sales team as needed to close high volume orders. Main point of contact to resolve any customer service issues. Desktop publishing and high speed digital printing. Work alongside OfficeMax management peers to drive business into their individual print centers. General Manager

FedEx Kinko's - Stamford, CT

1999 to 2002

Optimized payroll spend throughout hub and two spoke locations. Developed two customer leads into $1M annual accounts. Managed operations and financial controls that led to only perfect operations audit amongst 12 Connecticut stores. Responsible for all hiring and training within the store. Planned production workflow ensuring customer orders were completed correctly and on time. Created customer follow up program to retain and grow customer base. Purchased store's supplies and managed inventory.

Created daily delivery route for the store's driver. Conducted district wide training on strategic financial operations. Main point of contact for all customer projects and issues as they arose. Desktop publishing and graphic design on both PC and Macintosh platforms. Set up and maintained new and existing equipment.

High speed digital scanning and printing.

Ensured all of the company's shipping procedures were followed. EDUCATION

Community College of Rhode Island - Warwick, RI

1995 to 1996


Purchasing (8 years)

Procurement (8 years)

Outlook (10+ years)

Microsoft Excel (10+ years)

Multi-unit Management (10+ years)

Budget Management (10+ years)

P&L Management (10+ years)

Payroll (10+ years)

Hiring (10+ years)

Negotiation (8 years)


Teamwork: Interpersonal Skills — Highly Proficient May 2019

Resolving disputes, solving team problems, and understanding nonverbal cues. Full results: Sales Skills: Influence & Negotiation — Highly Proficient May 2019

Using influence and negotiation techniques to engage with and persuade customers. Full results: Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel — Highly Proficient May 2019

Excel knowledge including common tools, PivotTables, conditional & nested formulas, and custom visuals. Full results: Logic & Verbal Reasoning — Highly Proficient

September 2019

Understanding the meaning of text, and identifying the relationships among words or concepts. Full results: Problem Solving — Expert

October 2019

Measures a candidate's ability to analyze relevant information when solving problems Full results: Indeed Assessments provides skills tests that are not indicative of a license or certification, or continued development in any professional field.

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