Purchasing Director Resume

Added on August 18, 2011 in Executive Resumes, Management Resumes, P by admin

41 West 86th StreetNew York City, NY 10024
(H) 201.777.7777(C) 202.777.7777


Professional Summary
Driven operations leader offers extensive hands-on experience and a consistent track record in exceeding goals for large-scale domestic and international capital projects, fostering growth and delivering strong and sustainable gains. A self-starter with a proven ability to conceptualize and implement innovative solutions. Technologically competent, past achievements demonstrate a clear ability to utilize new, cutting edge technologies as a means of updating processes/systems. Highly effective leadership and motivating skills support the development of cohesive teams (union and non-union) in the collaborative achievement of strategic goals. Extensive experience partnering with influential business leaders within successful organizations.
Business Planning Business Process Reengineering Contracts Administration
Cost Containment Efficiency Improvement Financial Analysis
Influencing Skills Negotiation Skills Logistics Management
Project Management Quality Assurance ERP/MRP
Supplier/Vendor Management Systems Implementation Warehouse Management
Selected achievements
• Initiated the development of a first-ever computerized purchasing/inventory system for the Newspaper Company resulting in substantial reductions on labor and materials costs; these improvements resulted in a request for support in the implementation of the system from the USA-based Newspaper. Subsequently consulted on the second successful implementation
• Reduced operating costs by $500,000 per year by outsourcing an “in-house” printing department
• Provided comprehensive capital procurement services for the $250 million construction and start up of two large daily newspaper printing press facilities
• Significantly increased waste recycling revenues by $500,000 per year through successful negotiations with individual recycling firms
• Directed an operating budget of over $200 million during construction and operations of the Famous World Exhibition
• Initiated the development and implementation of a first-ever budget tracking and reporting system in support of a $70 million capital project; this system accelerated the project’s successful completion-90 days ahead of schedule and $1 million under budget
• Shortly after assuming responsibility for Security operations, reduced in-house theft, drug and alcohol abuse by 99%, while reducing costs $90,000 per year
Relevant Experience
Business Consulting 2007 to Present
• Sourced and introduced a comprehensive, cutting-edge finance management software solution, which enabled a $6 Million business to more effectively manage sales, inventory and distribution
• Established warehouse management procedures, facilitating highly effective inventory planning and control practices; trained and coached warehouse crew
• Established the foundation for a fully integrated logistics management function consolidating inventory warehousing and distribution
WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS, Manager, Procurement & Security 1993 to 2007
Hired as Assistant Manager of Purchasing Quickly demonstrated aggressive turnaround management capability, resulting in significant increases in responsibility—Fleet Security, Facilities, and $50 million in newsprint inventories.

• Established clear processes and procedures, and centralized purchasing and inventory management via first-ever electronic system in the southern newspaper system, reducing costs by $500,000/year

• Introduced new technologies resulting in increased efficiencies and cost-savings; technologies included fax services and color scanning, which increased turnaround in ad presentation and makeup and saved $150,000/year
• Reduced annual operating costs by $500,000/year through offshore purchasing and vendor partnerships
• Successfully sourced national and international vendors, negotiated and administered contracts and executed procurement strategies on several large-scale capital projects: Development of a new $70 million facility; $90 million development project for implementation of new printing processes
• Directed international sourcing and managed logistics, which included customs documentation and inspections
• Served as Project Manager in the design of a waste management system, providing detailed specifications and managing project activities; generated a significant increase in revenue
• Overhauled the Security function—outsourcing, modernizing equipment, establishing and training contract staff on new procedures and roles; significantly reduced costs, and nearly eliminated all incidences of theft
• Initiated and implemented the “pay in advance” system- now used internationally among all newspapers—which contributed to a significant increase in revenue
• Revamped First Aid and Safety program, and implemented Assassination Protection Program
• Managed sale of assets from old facilities, building deconstruction, and seamless relocation of 800 employees

CEBIT, Manager, Site Operations Procurement 1989 to 1993
World Exhibition’s 6-month World Fair exhibition is orchestrated and attended by over 70 countries, each with its own on-site pavilion.Managed comprehensive procurement services for construction and start up of operations. Held signatory responsibility for all purchases, and spearheaded profitable vendor partnerships.
• Hired and established a procurement team and introduced new technology, which facilitated shared communications and increased procurement and materials handling efficiencies; Successfully managed procurement activities throughout liquidation and site deconstruction
• Orchestrated first-ever buyback contracts for heavy equipment and machinery utilized by the Exhibition, regaining a full 50% of the initial purchase price; negotiated and received free maintenance, providing additional cost savings; Negotiated service contracts for site equipment and operations
• Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills, which enhanced operations ability to provide ongoing entertainment, while significantly reducing operating costs

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Project Budget Controller/Buyer 1986 to 1989
Provided-project support for an $80 Million operations implementation
• Led the development of an innovative financial tracking and control system
• Controlled spending and ensured consistent use of the system, enabling a perfectly balanced budget.
• Identified an opportunity to apply for a tax break, saving an additional $700,000 at project’s end

Previous Experience

GOTHAM CITY CONSULTANT, Project Expeditor, 1984-1986
CROWLEY CHEMICAL COMPANY INC., Project Buyer, 1983-1984
THATCHER CHEMICAL, Project Buyer/Expeditor, 1981-1983
ASTRO CHEMICAL COMPANY INC., Materials Supervisor, 1980-1981


Accpac, Crystal Report Builder, Dun & Bradstreet, EDI, Microsoft Office, Purchase Soft, RAL, Visio

Professional Development

North American Newspaper Purchasing Association
American Society for Industrial Security
School institute: Business/Marketing Management Diploma

Harry Watson, Page 2

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