Partnered with top global chemical suppliers to develop mutually beneficial partnerships reducing risk and shortening lead times on raw material.
Creating true supply chain excellence.
Negotiated and implemented cost improvement projects that delivered over 300K in annual savings starting in 2010.
Proactively identified inefficient movements in logistics throughout supply chain.
Implemented permanent corrective action to eliminate the inefficiencies that resulted in a $66K savings year over year.
Successfully managed the promotional calendar working directly with marketing on artwork, sampling programs and gift with purchases.
Drove dramatic cost savings of move than $2 million dollars by locating new material sources, negotiating more favorable contracts, and streamlining logistics operations.
Instrumental in the re branding of the Dermatologic Cosmetic Labs brand.
Ensured all components and chemicals were delivered on time to achieve a successful launch.
Lead steering committee member that helped chose Deacom as the MRP system that will take Milbar Labs to another level and take the company into the future.
Executive Vice President, 01/2003 to 01/2010INTERMARK USA － Brewster, NY
Direct all aspects of operations from order receipt through global distribution of the Styli-Style cosmetics line, which generated more than $10 million in annual sales with product sold at leading mass market retailers and exported to more than 50 countries worldwide.
Recruit, develop, and evaluate the performance of 30 operations staff.
Oversee the activities of 50 independent sales representatives.
Manage purchasing of finished goods, packaging materials (plastic, paper, and cardboard), print materials, and displays.
Partner with the CEO and major retailers on product development and new product packaging and displays.
Negotiate with overseas manufacturers, air and sea freight carriers, and common carriers.
Manage relations with customs brokers and ensure all FDA approvals.
Orchestrate in-house final product assembly for approximately 180 active SKUs.
Oversee pick and pack operations and a 15,000 square foot warehouse.
Directed project to standardize packaging and procure new displays enabling product placement with mass market retail chains
Spearheaded efforts that transformed business from a beauty supply house line to one that was featured at 20,000 doors nationwide with clients including CVS, Rite Aid, and Duane Reade.
Built operations team from 3 to 30 staff to accommodate growth from $1.5 million to $10 million in annual sales.
Coordinated the successful manufacturing and distribution of 12000 one foot wall programs into both CVS and Rite aid.
Led EDI implementation project including directing the activities of technology consultant and third party EDI provider.
Upgraded in-house technology to a new MAS200 system.
Consolidated warehouse and headquarters operations, generating savings of $400,000 annually.
Negotiated lease, coordinated relocation, and designed new operations layout.
Initiated an innovative program that converted 96% of retail returns into saleable goods.
Senior Purchasing & Production Planner, 01/1997 to 01/2003AM COSMETICS, INC － North Arlington, NJ
Instrumental in purchasing and production planning for the manufacturer of Wet n' Wild, a leading cosmetics line generating revenues of $100+ million annually.
Devised strategic purchasing plans based on the analysis of historical information and sales data.
Negotiated prices, deliveries, terms and purchasing contracts for over $15 to $20 million of goods yearly.
Conducted production feasibility studies for new product launches and oversaw prototype production.
Managed the purchasing and production planning of eye, lip, and brow pencils, as well as all corrugated boxes, displays, chip packers, printed materials (sell sheets, blister cards, labels and four color displays), injection molded and vacuum-formed racking systems for all cosmetic lines.
In addition, directed the purchasing of lacquer and production planning of nail polish line.
Performed MRP planning for in-house production.
Reviewed monthly forecasts and created production plans.
Coordinated production scheduling with factories in Europe, Latin America, and the US.
Traveled to source new vendors and attended major industry shows.
Purchased packaging components from vendors in Hong Kong, Korea, and Indonesia.
Coordinated the distribution and delivery of packaging materials to manufacturing facilities.
Partnered with overseas factories and broker to obtain FDA approval and clear shipments through US Customs.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Business Administration:Finance,1985IONA COLLEGEFinance
Hands-on executive with a passionate commitment to efficient and cost effective operations.
*Skilled in developing and implementing cost reducing production strategies.
*Effective negotiator and purchasing director able to consistently drive profits.
*Extensive expertise in import and export operations and global transportation logistics.
*Educated in lean principles and practices.