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A purchasing professional who has procured $140 million in raw materials, components, sub-assemblies and services, serving the oil field, defense, aerospace, high-tech, medical and commercial printer industries.

Strongest assets include a tireless work ethic, excellent communication skills (written and verbal), and a commitment to exceed the expectations of all customers, both internal and external. Also possesses outstanding negotiation, analytical, problem-solving and follow-through skills.


Zebra Technologies, Inc., Camarillo, California                                                    2003-Present

Purchasing Agent

Purchase plastic components, including enclosures, gears, frames and levers for the largest specialty label printing company serving the automotive, pharmaceutical, postal, medical, financial, retail distribution, warehousing, defense, transportation and shipping industries with sales of more than $900 million. Manage more than 3,000 SKUs for 40 different models. Deal with 21 vendors in the United States and China.

  • Transitioned all purchasing activities from a newly acquired manufacturing subsidiary in Rhode Island to California. This represented more than $40 million in annual purchases of electronic and electro-mechanical parts. Allocated more than 5,000 SKUs to buyers at the company’s Camarillo facility.

  • Update the company’s database to include the transitioned parts and assemblies as well as engineering drawings, specifications, work instructions, vendors, prices, printed circuit board assemblies and current inventories.

NP Test, a Schlumberger Company, Simi Valley, California                                       2002-2003

Senior Buyer (a contract position)

Planned and purchased large, complex, outsourced electro-mechanical assemblies and large high-speed cable assemblies for the manufacture of large, automated chip manufacturing equipment used for the production, testing, analysis and handling of micro-chips made by Intel and IBM.

  • Purchased more than $20 million in components, representing 100 SKUs from 25 sources. Purchasing operations were run in an AS400 environment.

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah                                                  2001-2002

Senior Materials Specialist, Commodity Team Leader

Forecasted, purchased and controlled inventory amounting to more than $40 million annually for a manufacturer of x-ray and CT scanner tubes with sales in excess of $100 million. Managed more than 200 SKUs. Supervised three buyers purchasing 90% of the production parts. Purchasing operations were controlled in a SAP environment.

  • Saved $80,000 in FY 2001 by working with the company’s vendors in planning raw materials, delivery, stocking and utilization.

  • Made special purchases for the Research Department.

Schlumberger Technologies ATE (Automatic Test Equipment), Simi Valley, California 1997-2001

Senior Buyer IV

Purchased electro-mechanical sub-assemblies cabling, including high-speed cable harnesses and large welded and painted frames used for micro-chip manipulation, diagnostics and testing for a manufacturer of automated chip production companies, primarily Intel and IBM.

  • Directed six buyers working with 50 domestic suppliers, purchasing $50 million annually.

  • Participated on the Lean Manufacturing Team, which reviewed all fabrication techniques and proposed changes to production processes in order to improve inventory turns.

  • Managed the transition of a key supplier from a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 aerospace company to a stand-alone subcontractor in Mexico. This accounted for $4 million annually.

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian X-Ray Tube Products, Salt Lake City, Utah       1994-1997

Senior Buyer

Purchased $5 million in formed, machined and fabricated parts; sub-assemblies; pumps; fans; heat exchangers; bearings; and related components using Just-in-Time and Demand Flow Technology to support a worldwide customer base for a medical systems manufacturer with more than $100 million in sales. The company worked on a SAP environment.

  • Participated on a team that visited all suppliers to provide feedback concerning quality, deficiencies and the supplier qualifications as an ongoing vendor to Varian.

  • Prepared studies on long-term agreements for major commodity groupings.

  • Planned and executed a six-month moving forecast for key suppliers, providing a guarantee of six weeks of finished goods, six weeks of work-in-progress, and six months of raw material.

PTI Technologies, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California                                                   1990-1994

Senior Planner/Buyer

Purchased castings, forgings and extrusions that were dropped shipped to precision machine shops for completion. These parts were used in the manufacture of airborne hydraulic and fuel filtration systems for commercial and defense customers. PTI Technologies had sales of $50 million.

  • Participated on the Boeing 777 statistical process control team that controlled all incoming 777 components.

  • Generated and negotiated long-term purchasing agreements in accordance with customer cost reduction requirements, saving $2.5 million.


Served as Purchasing Supervisor for the Baker Sand Control, Division of Baker Oil Tools. Purchased spare components for a government subcontract for the U.S. Air Force to create and install a war room planning/control environment for a foreign government. Purchased electronics, the visual system and components.


Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Other Courses: Government Contracting

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