Category Manager - ( June 2014 - Present) Keystone Automotive Operations, Wilsonville, OR Responsible for assigned merchandise categories and for product sourcing while attaining budgeted sales and gross margin goals. Establish strong relationships with suppliers and lead negotiations to secure signed agreements to achieve increase in vendor funding and lower acquisition costs. Responsible for driving sales through category product planning and execution of strategic product marketing plans. Coordinate efforts with sales and procurement to ensure customer satisfaction goals are met. Analyze data to identify sales trends/opportunities and present the information to the Sales Team. Resolve billing errors and questions by interfacing with suppliers and Accounts Payable. Approve Accounts Payable variance processes for distribution sourced items to ensure correct prices have been invoiced. Maintain category documents and records according to company policies.
Associate Category Manager - ( March 2013 - June 2014) Keystone Automotive Operations, Wilsonville, OR Collaborated closely with Category Manager in developing category plan and strategies to improve product sales. Negotiated with suppliers to secure signed agreements and increase supplier income. Assisted Category Manager in selecting, pricing, and developing promotional offers to increase sales. Analyzed data to identify sales trends/opportunities and presented the information to the Sales Team. Resolve billing errors and questions by interfacing with suppliers and Accounts Payable. Approved Accounts Payable variance processes for distribution sourced items to ensure correct prices have been invoiced. Maintained category documents and records according to company policies.
Buyer - ( March 2007 - March 2013) Keystone Automotive Operations, Wilsonville, OR Responsible for analyzing inventory to ensure items purchased are at the lowest cost while considering quality and reliability of source and urgency of need. Developed demand forecasts for both new and existing products and place accurate and timely orders to suppliers and monitor them throughout the entire supply chain to ensure uninterrupted shipment of sales orders. Managed and monitored inventory levels, stock reorder points, safety stock, inventory turns, and obsolete inventory of over 19,000 products across five warehouses nationwide. Leader in purchasing system optimization to improve overall service level and efficiency of purchasing department, resulting in over a 4% increase to service level. Leader in process improvement to support efficient forecasting and replenishment. Negotiated with suppliers the return of dead and obsolete inventory. Provided work leadership and training for new team members.
Investment Buyer/Account Manager - ( September 2001 - March 2007) Victory Wholesale Grocers, Portland, OR Saved company over 1.2 million dollars annually by identifying all inventory investment opportunities to reduce their acquisition cost of goods. Identified cost saving opportunities to achieve yearly cost reduction targets. Negotiated prices with suppliers including terms and conditions in order to achieve cost savings. Evaluated vendor quotes to determine the most desirable suppliers and negotiated purchases for multiple divisions. Company liaison and representative while working in-house at New Albertsons, Inc.
Education and Training
The Next Leval Purchasing - 2012 Moon Township, PA Senior Professional in Supply Management, Certificate SPSM Certification
Lake Washington Technnical College - 1995 Kirkland, WA Administrative Assistant, Certificate Administrative Assistant Certification Program