Self-motivated procurement professional with over twenty years' experience in product sourcing, production, inventory management, equipment lease management, change management, quality control and strategic planning for domestic and international markets with proven results in cost savings, risk management, vendor relationship and customer service. A team leader, who is an expert contract negotiator, has a win-win philosophy with a "CAN-DO" attitude, has specialized training in conflict resolution and a strong analytical background.
Officer II Senior Buyer April 2008 to CurrentColumbia University Not for Profit / Higher Education － New York, NY
Manage multi-million dollar purchase spend for Medical and Laboratory supplies, equipment for Columbia University Medical Center Identify, develop, evaluate, select, negotiate and award University wide purchase agreements for Medical, Surgical and Pharmaceutical supplies and services Negotiate specialty agreements with the objective of mitigating risk, to generate cost reduction, while obtaining favorable terms and conditions for the university Co-chair the sourcing, design, implementation and management of key supplier for clinical supplies for Columbia University Medical Center which resulted in saving of 7 - 8% of $10m spend Analyze and process requisitions for value add, total cost and re-negotiate additional savings where appropriate Train and educate University stakeholders on purchasing policies, procedures and techniques Collaborate with senior management to recommend and execute continuous improvement strategies Manage $15M per annum equipment lease portfolio Consolidated equipment lease portfolio from lower tiered to top tiered Lessors which led to 2% savings Negotiate Master Lease Agreements with the objectives of cost reduction and favorable terms and conditions for the university Designed and implemented new lease management process which significantly reduced initial lease processing time Negotiated late payment charges which resulted in savings of 90% of initiate charges Analyze and reconcile lease cost, budgeted versus actual, and resolved any variances Identified equipment in Evergreen status and negotiated end of term settlement Manage end of term lease options to ensure removal compliance and negotiate term extensions and cost where applicable.
Production Manager December 2005 to August 2006Romar Accessory, LLC Accessories Wholesaler － New York, NY .
Managed international team of procurement & production professionals with purchasing spend in excess of $20m ($100m sales) for the following categories: infant items (bottle, pacifiers, clothing, bedding, toys), dinnerware, children bags (backpack, messenger, handbags), hats and accessories; cold weather etc Successfully managed Asian suppliers and travelled extensively throughout the region to manage vendor's relationships, source new products, and perform factory audits Successfully negotiated purchase contracts with suppliers that met or exceeded gross profit requirements Effectively managed production line for compliance with multi-national retailers' specifications Established testing protocols with testing lab to ensure that all products exceeded CPSC, ASTM, FDA, and other government agency requirements which resulted in reduction of insurance rate and increased overall product quality Chaired regular scheduled meetings to evaluate price, production and delivery targets Collaborated with company president in the development of direct and indirect sourcing strategies.
Production Manager January 2005 to November 2005Accessory Network, LLC Accessories Wholesaler － New York, NY
Planned and directed strategic sourcing initiatives to secure competitive contracts for product line which included handbags, backpacks and messenger bags.
Led negotiations and finalized contracts with international suppliers, generating savings reduction up to 20% Achieved savings and cost avoidance of up to 25% of expenditure through creative and innovative negotiations, implementation of laboratory testing protocols and raw material production contracts Managed oversight of raw material, lab dips, approval samples, production samples and final products for quality compliance Partnered with cross-team of sales and design associates to develop strategic plans to ensure competitive pricing Managed production compliance to align with customer requirements including testing regulations with major retailers Developed and implemented strategic product quality control measures Managed compliance against production quality benchmarks for Chinese factories.
Senior Buyer July 1999 to January 2005ABC Distributing /LTD Commodities, LLC Mail order Catalog － Miami, FL
Sourced multi-category consumer products with overall value of over $30m ($150m sales) for the following categories: domestic (bedding, blankets, throws, towels, etc) table top, home décor, indoor & outdoor furniture, garden décor, seasonal décor, holiday items, candles, electronic, housewares, dinnerware, glass ware, hardware, luggage, handbags, accessories, toys, jewelry, books, stationery, licensed products, t-shirt, children's apparel, etc.
Solicited quotations and negotiated purchase contracts that met or exceeded benchmark requirements resulting in increased gross profits Strategically managed shipping schedules which improved on-time deliveries by 20% for existing vendors and 30% for new vendors Sourced products in both domestic and international markets via current vendors, internet and other sources Performed product review for quality control compliances, product liability, copyright/patent infringement and redesigning as necessary Audited production line for compliance with Federal guidelines such as FDA, CPSC by partnering with vendors and testing laboratories (BVCPS, SGS, UL, ETL) Implemented an Electronic Return Policy which increased category revenues by more than 10% Supervised and trained new buyers.
Inventory Control / Purchasing Manager March 1990 to April 1999Harkay Enterprises dba Midas Muffler Automotive Repair － Miami, FL
Negotiated purchase contract which resulted in 50% reduction in cost Strategically sourced products that complied with market and government requirements Managed the solicitation process which included analyzing and awarding bids Participated in weekly and monthly meetings to evaluate pricing, quality control and delivery targets Managed the centrally negotiated procurement agreements and supervised the delivery of orders Coordinated with Logistics Division to establish delivery instructions for all suppliers Developed and implemented Defective Product Reimbursement program Facilitated the transition from a manual inventory system to an automated system Executed an Electronic Data Interchange to transmit purchase orders to vendors Performed store audits and inspection Worked with JIT, six weeks and three months inventory system Planned and coordinated the direct / indirect preparation necessary for trade shows including travel and events related to the industry.
Masters of Science : 6 2010Columbia University － New York, NYNegotiation and Conflict Resolution
Institute for Supply Management
CPM certification : 10 2010
Bachelor of Arts : Business Administration, 4 1999Florida International University － Miami, FLBusiness Administration