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Virginia Bensinger

Purchasing Manager

Wauwatosa, WI


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
Milwaukee, WI

January 2015 to Present

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. 
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.

Purchasing Manager

Milwaukee, WI

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

Buffalo Grove, IL

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

Tigard, OR

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

Meridian, ID

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

St. Louis, MO

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

St. Louis, MO

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

Boise, ID

October 1984 to June 1991

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


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


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


Gamma Beta Award - Graybar Electric Company


Awarded to Branch employees for outstanding service and sales

Employee of the Month - Lee Read Jewelers


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



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


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