Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • H: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Passionate and motivated procurement professional with 10 years of purchasing and supply chain management, strategic forecast planning, and aggressive negotiating experience in a wide range of markets and industries. Exceptional communication skills enhanced by experience working on a national level, creating a cooperative synergy among multiple locations. Committed to creating efficient, measurable systems of operation in controlling costs and to procure highest quality products and services. Experience with all purchasing functions, including forecasting, project and inventory management, sourcing, budgeting, and maintaining vendor relations.



  • Negotiation and Communication
  • Materials Sourcing and Bidding
  • ERP/MRP: JD Edwards / Enterprise One / SAP
  • Inventory Management
  • Forecasting and Strategic Planning
  • Budgeting and Cost Reducing
  • Contractual Agreements
  • Market Knowledge
  • Production Cost Reporting and Data Analysis
  • Vendor Selection and Management
  • Continuous Improvement
Work History
Buyer / Planner, 12/2019 - Current
Maclean-Fogg Mundelein, IL,
  • Oversee a $6M budget and all the procurement and operations planning activities involved in the manufacturing of Isca Technologies products.
  • Source a wide range of materials and chemicals both globally (India, Brazil, Europe, etc.) and domestically, from food grade products to fine chemicals, while establishing supplier relationships to ensure the highest quality materials and services.
  • Review production demand, forecast all materials needed, and strategically plan and leverage buying power through negotiating to make the best purchasing decisions necessary in supporting the manufacturing operations.
  • Determine and establish optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation, and material lead times.
  • Work closely with high level scientists from around the world to share in the company's vision, their mission and objectives, and to establish and work to achieve short and long term goals.
  • Develop standard operating procedures to grow and stabilize the Isca Technologies supply chain.
Corporate Purchasing Manager, 08/2015 - 10/2019
Advantage Xpo Mauriceville, TX,
  • Oversaw all procurement for Monrovia Nursery Co. and managed the centralized buying of hard goods and services used in operation at all five nursery locations nationwide.
  • Managed a $35M budget and coordinated appropriate accounting controls with finance to meet strict requirements for an accurate A/P process.
  • Sourced and procured a wide variety of HDPE and HDPP injection molded plastics and products both globally (China, Mexico, etc) and domestically, with an overall expenditure of $15M.
  • Provided a 12-month rolling production forecast for injection and blow molded (thermoformed) plastics manufacturer's such as Nursery Supplies, Inc. and HC Companies, and secured the supply chain in plastic growing containers needed.
  • Established QC guidelines and standardized processes amongst all supplier, especially the HDPE suppliers, to ensure the highest brand quality and aesthetic, and negotiated aggressively to achieve best pricing and terms, with guaranteed on-time delivery.
  • Implemented new strategies using KPI's for procuring such things as propane, which provided a cost savings, on average of around $160K year over year, as well as accruing rebates on purchases of plant protection chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) of $40K per year.
  • Used RFQ and RFP processes in accordance with Monrovia's guidelines to achieve the best possible outcomes, such as in a 40 acre, $3M expansion project that involved the planning and procurement of shade structures and a greenhouse used in the growing operation.
Purchasing Manager, 10/2012 - 08/2015
Adtran Ar, AR,
  • Managed all functions and personnel of the Purchasing and Receiving Departments at the largest of four Monrovia Nursery locations, and developed the department into a more efficient, cost savings system to ensure pricing and terms competitiveness amongst suppliers.
  • Managed an annual budget of $19M, which I had collaborated on and built with the Production and Management teams.
  • Forecasted and sourced a wide range of hard goods (tangible raw materials/production items) and green goods (plant species/varieties) materials, both domestically and globally, such as from China, Mexico, South America, Europe, etc.
  • Implemented new strategies for procuring many items used in production such as bamboo stakes, greenhouse poly, plant protection chemicals, and propane, and through the use of KPI's, I achieved savings of over $120K in 2.5 years on our propane purchases alone as well as reducing total expenditure costs by 15-20% in 2 years.
  • Worked with the Corporate Officers to begin centralizing buying for all locations and began management of nationwide procurement for items such as HDPE plastic growing containers and retail plant identification labels.
Operations Manager, 11/2007 - 10/2012
Bluelinx Corporation Lake City, FL,
  • Managed all daily operations in the production and delivery of natural spring water for wholesale, to Niagara Bottling, LLC.
  • Managed and supervised six employees in production of the product from source, to processing, to holding and staging, and to delivery both from source and to destination.
  • Obtained a Commercial Drivers license to ensure safe and on time delivery of the product.
  • Handled AP/AR duties, payroll, invoicing, and weekly/monthly production reports.
  • Experience in sales, new customer accounts, and price negotiating.
Bachelor of Arts: Business Economics, Expected in 2007

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