Produce Manager, Burnstad Bros, Inc, November 2013-May 2015Tomah, WI
In my two years as the Produce Manager, I raised the department's sales by 30%, introduced the department to a larger variety of products and incorporated the community in our department activities.
I was also awarded the Top Produce Manager Award.
Effectively supervised up to six associates in a fast paced multi-functional environment.
Developed effective daily/weekly work based on weekly sales projections, budgeted labor goals and previous operating results.
Responsible for the staffing, training and overall development of the Produce Department.
Implemented, maintained and coordinated aggressive and creative merchandising plans, which maximize sales and a variety of gross profit.
Managed produce receiving, invoicing, pricing, shrink control and inventory to ensure proper product control and gross profit goals are achieved.
Adhered to all local, state and federal and civil codes including local weights and measures laws in addition to labeling regulations while maintain a safe work environment.
Ensured standards of department presentation and operations are met; including cleanliness, sanitation, inventory control, rotation and culling, quality, ordering, variety standards, signing, seasonal schematics, and proper backroom procedures.
Possessed excellent customer service and communication qualities; which includes being a good listener.
Demonstrated strong leadership, interpersonal qualities, and have a great attention to details.
Outside Sales Manager, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company, February 2007-November 2011Chicago, IL
Launched the company's Outside Sales Department for a four state region.
This included the selling and purchasing of conventional, organic, international and local produce.
I consistently reviewed market analysis in order to determine the customer's needs, volume potential and price points.
I have a broad knowledge of contract price and cost analysis so as to compile and evaluate price and/or cost data for a variety of procurement activities.
This position required me to use my organizational, problem solving and analytical thinking skills on a daily basis.
Increased sales to $3 Million after three years.
Exceeded sales by $700,000 in the first six months.
Demonstrated market and industry knowledge.
Innovatively used cross-cultural communications and grew our ethnic client base by conducting food shows, demos educational training.
Orchestrated partnerships with Regional, District, Market, Store and Produce Managers to ensure their requirements and needs were fulfilled.
Executed account management, consistently monitored and resolved issues with invoices, pricing, credits and payments.
Assembled weekly price sheets and hot buy sheets to all my customers.
Prepared all reports for our business transactions and filed expense reports.
Utilized the knowledge and skill in negotiation techniques to negotiate changes to contracts and orders.
Advocated for and purchased from local farmers to assist the local economy.
Corporate Guardian/Owner, Shutter Guardianship Inc, November 2010-February 2010Tomah, WI
Assisted elderly and disabled individuals with daily, financial and medical decisions.
Worked to support my clients so that they were able to live a life without worries of their medical and financial decisions.
With my assistance, I have allowed families to maintain the role as family without all the hassle and turmoil of ongoing decision making and daily responsibilities.
Financial Administrator: (Representative Payee, maintained banking, financial planner, bought & sold assets such as estates, homes and vehicles).
Set Up Burial Trust and assisted with funeral directives.
Advocated for & Maintained all Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veteran and social services benefits.
Maintained excellent communication with family members, social workers, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, and other public business.
Regional Produce Buying Assistant, Wal-Mart DC #6085, January 2000-February 2007Tomah, WI
Responsible for supporting more than 60 Supercenters, overseeing their everyday store operations and training of their personnel in all aspects of their daily operation.
I had extensive knowledge of overall store operations which included store ordering, inventory procedures, modular relays, Profit and Loss Reports and Point of Sale (POS).
Consistently performed solicitation for future bids for purchases to ensure we were obtaining fair and reasonable prices for our company.
Reviewed requisitions and analyzed requirements purchasing from the outside suppliers to maintain adequate inventory.
Evaluated responses from solicitations, including adequacy of competition, compliance with solicitation, and probability of meeting the requirements to make recommendations and determinations for awards.
Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of contract price and cost analysis or techniques as to compile and evaluate price and/or cost data for a variety of procurements.
Partnered with Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Transportation and Management to successfully open two standup Distribution Centers.
Collaborated with suppliers to ensure we maintained proper inventory levels, purchased product seasonality, and provided regionally correct items to the proper areas.
Monitored inventories daily to guarantee the products moved according to specified dating guidelines.
Processed quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily queries of various types of reports forwarding the information onto the specific areas.
Participated in numerous projects, committees and research teams to create and revamp policies and procedures.
Education and Training
Bachelors of ArtsBusiness Administration/Marketing, Economics, , Lakeland College, SheboyganWI
Activities and Honors
Self-driven, project motivated, collaborative individual. I have extensive experience in buying, selling, merchandising and customer relations.
Planned & Organized
Effective Communication Skills
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Companies Worked For:
Burnstad Bros, Inc
Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
Shutter Guardianship Inc
Wal-Mart DC #6085
Job Titles Held:
Outside Sales Manager
Regional Produce Buying Assistant
Bachelors of Arts
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