Director April 2004 to CurrentSears Holding Corporation － Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Responsible for maximizing supply chain efficiency and effectiveness while reducing expenses.
Accountable for executing international and domestic sourcing and procurement programs.
Manages process improvement efforts to increase turns, measure vendor performance.
Develops inventory goals which effectively balances cash-flow and vendor production and ship dates.
Finance - Leads weekly financial forecast, annual budgeting process as well as operating plan variance analysis.
Analyzes current and past trends for key performance indicators (KPI.) Liaise with other functional departments to improve existing businesses intelligence tools.
Develops financial models and analysis to support strategic initiatives or analysis Risk/Return profiles.
Inventory Management - Managed Team who creates inventory forecast and approves all merchandise purchase orders.
Monitors and tracks vendor orders throughout the entire supply chain.
Addresses unproductive inventory with decisive actions to liquidate excess stock.
Manages in-stock rates (stores and distribution centers) and forecast accuracy as well as providing pricing recommendations on items deviating from plan.
Merchandising - Evaluates the market landscape including consumer targets, channel dynamics, competition.
Establish reporting and market recaps for product performance.
Drives local assortment planning and pricing.
Responsible for prospecting and creating new business development opportunities.
Business Experience: Home, Lawn & Garden, Outdoor Living, Seasonal, Big Ticket, Mattresses, Apparel, Fine Jewelry, Women's Accessories, Electronics, Confections, Vendor Direct, Consignment Programs and Online Fulfillment.
The Director of Inventory Management leads the inventory function for the Business Unit and is responsible for strategic development of inventory processes and procedures to ensure best practices.
Senior Leadership Team Member accountable for business operating profit including overall inventory productivity metrics including GMROI, In-Stock %, and Inventory Turns.
Spearheaded initiative which reduced home delivery lead times by 35%.
Responsible for over +3,000 items, +100 different vendors, +1 Billion in annual purchases.
Director, Inventory Management continued - Page 2 Online and Mobile site management which includes monitoring natural and paid search, top & bottom funnel review and working with affiliate sites to help drive traffic & liquidate liability inventory.
Coordinates all supply chain activity which include utilization of 30 different distribution networks and 70 separate home delivery centers.
Leads a staff of 20 direct reports which include Managers, Project Managers, Analyst and Senior Analyst.
Partners with Store Operations for harmonization of product flow and merchandise assortments.
Ensures strategic plans are being executed to eliminate non-productive inventory.
April 2000 to April 2004Frank's Nursery & Crafts Buyer － Troy, Michigan
Responsible and accountable for the merchandising strategy and executing the financial plan for the Seasonal Commodities categories.
Responsibilities included bottom up forecasting, P/L analysis, Advertising and measurement of other marketing assists.
Established a pricing strategy that supported the financial and promotional business plan.
Led cross-functional partnerships with other areas of the company which included Supply Chain, Inventory, Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Store Operations.
Acted as merchandise lead on behalf of the entire merchandise and planning organization to the Senior Staff, Executive Team and Board of Directors.
Senior Buyer February 1998 to April 2000Video Update Incorporated － Minneapolis, Minnesota
Responsible for the buying activities for all non-video rental products.
Developed new areas of business and up-started several new programs and product lines.
Instrumental in the creation and implementation of marketing programs and campaigns used to drive foot traffic into the 1,100 store chain across the US and Canada.
Measured the profitability of new programs and services while making necessary profitable adjustments.
Managed all aspects of the merchandise offering - selections, negotiation, promotion and disposition.
Merchandise Manager May 1995 to February 1998JCPenney Company － Minneapolis Macon Atlanta, Minnesota Georgia
Participated in the Merchandise Management Training Program which was an intense proactive hands-on training program that taught the "golden rules" on buying, assortment planning and operations.
Tailored the assortment by store back to the needs of its community.
Made merchandise buys in developing a balanced assortment plan to meet sales & profit objectives.
Learned the basic concepts of buying/merchandising and gained a better understanding consumer behaviors.
Bachelor of Science : Economics, 1995Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University － Tallahassee, FloridaEconomics Full Track and Field Scholarship
*Internship with United States Senator Bob Graham Constituency Services for Banking and Department of Labor.