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Experienced Purchasing Manager

Apex, NC
November 23, 2020

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Experienced Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) with extensive background in procurement, planning, and materials management. Strengths include negotiation experience, strong oral and written communication skills, and a firm understanding of logistics practices.

• Negotiations / Contracts • Forecasting • Just-in-Time Manufacturing

• Statistical Process Control • Supplier Management • Material Requirements Planning

• Microsoft Excel • Microsoft Word • Microsoft Access

• SAP R/3 • Process Development


Fuquay Varina Elementary School Aug 2018 to present

Teacher's Assistant – Full-time

Thales Academy, Apex, NC 2015 to 2018

Teacher's Assistant - Part-time

Supervised class rooms and executed lesson plans and provided administrative support for multiple teachers.

GORHAM Family, Apex, NC 2003 to 2015

Household President

Managed Gorham family household (family planning, finances, leadership, mentoring, coaching, training and personal chauffeur). Volunteered part-time at various schools through Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as Classroom Parent, Reading Group Leader, Tutor and Book Fair Co-Chair.

ERICSSON INC., Research Triangle Park, NC 1997 to 2003

Senior Strategic Buyer, Base Station and Systems Development 2000 to 2003

Researched and developed new sources of supply to ensure supplier competitiveness and continuity of supply.

Placed and maintained orders for external software packages and mechanical commodities including sheet metal, plastic, and cable assemblies to support product development. Ensured on-time delivery.

Saved 5% to 13% annually on negotiated worldwide agreements, saved 5% to 13% annually on negotiated worldwide agreements.

Logistics Analyst, Cellular Communications 1997 to 2000

Optimized product builds and shipments by managing finished goods inventory. Determined the production requirements for cellular telephones by taking into account the model/mix configuration in line with demand. Determined allocation methodology.

Acted as liaison between sales, logistics, management and factories in both Virginia and Brazil, managing short-term needs against demand for the Latin American Regions to maximize product shipments.

Initiated and instituted process to ship products directly to the customer from the factory, reducing lead-time 20% to 25%.

Generated and analyzed reports to apprise management of the current posture of the business, allowing sales strategies to be developed

IBM, Research Triangle Park, NC 1991 to 1997

Senior Buyer, World Wide Corporate Procurement 1994 to 1997

Global supplier base procurement in excess of $85 million annually.

Led global commodity team responsible for the sourcing and strategic analysis of publications and ship groups to support worldwide manufacturing locations.

Saved IBM an estimated $15 to $20 million as a result of thorough analysis of historical and market data. Resulted in utilization of new sourcing strategy for ship groups.

Negotiated worldwide agreements, leveraging volume to ensure best of breed commercial terms and conditions to increase flexibility. Resulted in maximized product shipments.

Established a line side stocking process to minimize inventory and ensure supply continuity.

Associate Buyer, Mechanical Production Procurement 1991 to 1994

Regional supplier base procurement ranging from $5 million to $45 million annually.

Acted as liaison between supplier base, Planning, and Production Control. Ensured continuity of supply to support development and manufacturing schedules.

Placed and maintained orders for sheet metal, fasteners, locks, publications and ship groups ensuring on-time delivery to meet product build schedules.


Internship 1989

Minimized inventory investment by utilizing a Manufacturing Resource Planning system (MRP II) to manage vendor lead-time and schedule the flow of incoming parts to match the internal production schedule.


B.A., Materials and Logistics Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Completion of Certified Purchasing Managers Program

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