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Virginia Bensinger

Purchasing Manager

Wauwatosa, WI

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Service ~ Analysis ~ Innovation 
Expertise in Purchasing, Operations and Management with proven experience contributing to the fiscal health of a company. Project Leader - skilled in negotiating, reducing costs through efficient resource management, and continuous process improvement initiatives. Strengths include: 
 
>Quality Service Training >Statistical Analysis >Process Innovation 
>Inventory Management >Contract Negotiation >Project Management

Work Experience

Purchasing Consultant

GE Healthcare c/o Collabera
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Milwaukee, WI
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January 2015 to Present

Responsibilities 
Buying, expediting, managing production procurement and forecasting, push-ins/pull-outs of orders, negotiating with suppliers, communicating with production associates, sourcing, engineering, floor and department managers. Working to minimize outages while maximizing efficiency of inventory investment. Managing change relative to production schedules and transfer of materials and responsibilities to new location. 
 
Accomplishments 
Able to negotiate new schedules and fill shortages to eliminate line down situations. 
 
Skills Used 
Purchashing, communicating, negotiating, expediting, managing per forecasting and changes in production.

Consultant - Electrical Distribution Management and Processes

LEK Consulting
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New York, NY
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November 2014 to January 2015

Responsibilities 
Solicited as consultant with regards to electrical distribution management and processes. 
 
Accomplishments 
I was called back a couple of times for further discussion and explanation of sourcing and purchasing processes. 
 
Skills Used 
Communicating different sourcing and procurement processes being used in electrical distribution purchasing and management. Also asked about market conditions and opinion of distribution processes now and in the future.

Purchasing Manager

STANDARD ELECTRIC SUPPLY
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Milwaukee, WI
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August 2012 to October 2014

Managed Purchasing, Inventory, Expediting for fast growing distributor with 14 locations 
➢ Initiated process improvements in pricing, product set-up, and expediting procedures; through productivity analysis and realignment- increasing efficiency 
➢ Achieved 75% error reduction, realizing $1500/mo expense savings 
➢ Developed and implemented Purchasing and Expediting Training Programs 
➢ Leadership Fundamentals, Communications and Product Training certifications

Purchasing Manager

AVRIO RMS GROUP
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Buffalo Grove, IL
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July 2011 to July 2012

Manager, Procurement and Production 
❖ Managed integration of inventory and purchasing for three companies merged into one 
➢ Managed supply chain - forecasting, quoting, purchasing, production, logistics & warranty 
* Negotiated contracts and process improvements led to $300K savings in first year 
* Implemented cloud-based purchasing, expense tracking, and cost analysis

Purchasing Manager

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY
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Tigard, OR
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2006 to 2010

Supervised team replenishing $9M inventory, providing quotations, special orders 
➢ Increased turnover 50% and lowered surplus 35%, increasing GMROI 
➢ Improved profitability by decreasing expenses, while maintaining 99% fill rate 
➢ Implemented Advanced Inventory Management software - increasing efficiency 
➢ Achieved certification - Johnstone University Management Training courses

Purchasing Manager

LEE READ JEWELERS
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Meridian, ID
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February 1996 to May 2006

Analyzed, optimized and managed a multi-million dollar inventory 
➢ $100K savings first year-improved processes, reduced expenses, negotiated pricing 
➢ Reduced Obsolete stock from 52% to 10% 
➢ Optimized profitability using investment analysis, contracts, budgets and stock rotations 
➢ Facilitated computer conversions; process improvements; applied Lean methodology 
➢ Developed quality standards and rewards - Achieved error reduction from 5% to 1.5%

Project Manager

GRAYBAR ELECTRIC CO
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St. Louis, MO
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1993 to 1995

Developed and managed central purchasing pilot program at corporate headquarters 
➢ Centralized and managed $8M replenishment-13 branches (purchasing and payables) 
➢ Negotiated national purchases-Administered EDI & VMI pilots with key corporate partners 
➢ Instituted TQM (Total Quality Management) process 
• Stock-outs reduced 5% to 2.5% - vastly improved service levels, response times 
➢ Co-authored national Purchasing module -hired, trained, managed buyers, support team

Zone Purchasing Manager

GRAYBAR ELECTRIC CO
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St. Louis, MO
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June 1991 to June 1993

Consolidated and managed corporate purchasing for regional zone warehouses. 
➢ Centralized purchasing $40M regional inventories to corporate headquarters 
➢ Achieved purchasing efficiencies; Increased turnover from 2 to 6 
➢ Graybar Total Quality Management Training certification 
➢ Realized $1.2M cost savings identifying software error in purchasing formula

Operating Manager

GRAYBAR ELECTRIC CO.
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Boise, ID
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October 1984 to June 1991

Responsibilities 
Managed Operations - Customer service, purchasing, human resources, office and warehouse 
➢ Achieved lowest inventory difference (shrinkage) in district 
➢ Selected for Management Training - Recruited for Corporate position

Education

C.P.M. in Certified Purchasing Manager

ISM / NAPM National Assoc. Purchasing Mangers -
St. Louis, MO

1994 to 2014

Some College in Purchasing, Computer classes

St. Louis University -
St. Louis, MO

1991 to 1995

Achieved GED - also completed various college classes and seminars in Business, Computer, Purchasing

Boise State University -
Boise, ID

1977 to 1991

Skills

Quality Service Training, Process Innovation , Statistical Analysis, Project Collaboration, Contract Negotiation, Inventory Management

Awards

Gamma Beta Award - Graybar Electric Company

1985

Awarded to Branch employees for outstanding service and sales

Employee of the Month - Lee Read Jewelers

2002

Employee of the Month - Voted by peers  
Achieved twice in one year

Certifications

C.P.M.

January 1995 to January 1999

Achieved Certified Purchasing Manager 
passed all four modules of the exam in one sitting - 
received commendation letter from President, NAPM

Groups

ISM - Institute Supply Management

1984 to Present

I served two terms as Director, and two terms as Secretary for this organization, previously known as NAPM, National Association of Purchasing Managers

Additional Information

Letters of Recommendation and Personal References available upon request. 
 
Volunteer- Hunger Task Force, Panera, MS Walk, National Brain Tumor Assoc., Boise Parks, ARC Boise, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Boise Discovery Center, Easter Seals, Unicef, Girl Scouts, Boise Co-op, Boise Schools 
 
Additional Professional Development/Education: 
NAPM: Contract Law for Supply Management, Performance Based Contracts, Supply Chain Cost Analysis, Effective negotiating, Lean Thinking, Forecasting, Terms & Conditions, Purchasing Ethics, MRP/JIT (Material Resource Planning/Just In Time), Hazardous Waster Disposal, Government Contracts 
INFORUM - Advanced Inventory Management 
ZERION -Eclipse Inventory Management and Purchasing 
ORACLE- Standard and ASCP overlay