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Buyer, Vendor Manager

Painesville, Ohio, 44077, United States
$50,000 - $65,000 annually
March 19, 2011

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Donna L. Gorski

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Painesville, OH 44077



Dedicated, loyal, detail-driven buyer with consistent achievement of company, departmental and personal objectives as well as demonstrated strengths in client relationship development. Skilled, efficient negotiator with excellent communication skills both internally and externally. Organized leader in company and departmental projects and teams. Adept at working in fast paced environment demanding strong organizational and analytical skills. Proven ability to deliver substantial productivity, cost savings, and quality improvement through well-managed projects.

Specific expertise in the following:


• MRO / Finished Goods / Raw Materials

• Vendor Relationship Development

• Highly Skilled Negotiator

• Cost Reduction / Avoidance

• Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

• Inventory Management

• Expediting

• Strategic Sourcing

• Execution of PO’s / Requisitions

• Distribution and Logistics • ISO 9000 / 14000 Quality & Environmental Certifications

• Continual Quality Improvement

• Vendor Certification, Reporting and Measurement

• Sales Incentives / Promotions / Awards Programs

• Project Management

• Key Program Management

• Staff Training and Development

• Recycling Programs


State Industrial Products, Cleveland, OH 1998 - 2010

A manufacturer of industrial cleaning supplies with annual sales of $100 million.

Vendor Manager in Procurement

Sourced capital equipment, industrial supplies for manufacturing, finished goods, tenure awards, and year-end awards. Managed service contracts for corporation. Managed ad specialty programs, promotions, and contests incentives. Managed recycling efforts, cost reduction programs, supplier certifications and SAP.

Selected accomplishments:

• Obtained certification as an ISO Quality and Environmental internal auditor. Instrumental in writing departmental procedures and work instructions. Conducted internal audits allowing for maintaining corporate ISO certifications.

• Leveraged negotiation and communication skills (for security and fire services), resulting in a significant cost avoidance over a 10-year period for all corporate locations.

• Designed, developed and implemented a new tenure awards program for the entire corporation which included over 1,000 employees. Through an employee survey, discovered what rewards would be most meaningful. Provided a great feedback mechanism for managing this program.

• Consolidated numerous vendor contracts into one contract with one supplier resulting in a 30% overall cost savings.

• Facilitated team which sourced new janitorial service contract and new office supplies contract for entire corporation, resulting in improved services.

• Negotiated new waste contract by combining all corporate facilities with one provider, resulting in a 10% overall cost savings.

• Established and oversaw a recycling team. This allowed company to begin qualification for ISO 14000 certification.

• Trained employees in SAP Hot Package updates maintaining productivity levels.

• Captain of Cleveland Corporate Challenge Company Team, which significantly improved employee morale and interaction that proved to be an excellent team building tool company wide.

Bowman Distribution, currently Barnes Distribution, Cleveland, OH 1978 - 1998

An industry leader in the distribution of maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies.

Buyer Planner on Fastener Supply Chain Team

Managed the day-to-day tactical decisions for procurement of inventory into and throughout the distribution system, at the lowest total cost.

Selected accomplishments:

• Managed service level, inventory investment, product cost, and total supply chain cost for 2,800 part numbers which required $4.6 million in annual purchases, generating $20 million in annual sales.

• Performed problem solving with the supply base utilizing excellent negotiating skills to meet emergency situations when they arose.

• During tenure at Bowman, advanced upward through the Materials/Purchasing department beginning career as Non Stock Coordinator and final position at Bowman was a Sr. Buyer Planner.


Associate of Applied Business in Business Management,

Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH


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