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Sarita Mcknight

Purchasing Agent (Temp)

San Jose, CA

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Senior Buyer / Purchasing Agent Strategic Planning / Sourcing and Purchasing Process / Requests for 
Quotations (RFQ's) Material Requirements Planning / Contract Negotiation / Supplier and Vendor Relationships 
Exceptionally driven and hard working professional with more than 25 years of experience developing and 
implementing strategies to deliver multimillion-dollar global purchasing initiatives. Detail-oriented leader with 
expertise in quoting, sourcing, and negotiating contracts for supplier prices and terms. History of aggressively 
challenging and improving vendor prices, delivery and payment terms. Consistent track record of exceeding 
cost avoidance goals, negotiating significant hard savings. Frequently commended for sense of urgency, 
willingness to work additional hours, and maintain strict confidentiality. Areas of Expertise: Direct and Indirect 
Purchasing New Supplier Development Customer Relationship Management Cost Savings Initiatives Buyer 
Performance Reviews Annual Production Inventory (API) Production Control and Logistics (PC&L) Change 
Management Implementation

Work Experience

Purchasing Agent (Temp)

Gu Energy
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Berkeley, CA
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March 2014 to June 2014

l Researched and sourced new relationships and/or product lines Created and track component and finished 
goods purchases from vendors Ensured accuracy of purchase and/or assembly orders Maintained 
appropriate inventory levels Worked with Marketing on new custom corrugate projects. 
l Coordinate and communicate new product launches to entire company Sourced vendors for Covitol,

Sourcing Manager

Peachtree Business Products
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Marietta, GA
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January 2012 to December 2013

Marietta, GA 01/2012 to 12/2013 
l Managed bid list suppliers and developed new suppliers as needed. 
l Negotiated contracts for supplier prices and terms. 
l Reviewed supplier information, pricing, quality, and delivery dates with managers to resolve issues. 
l Educated and built relationships with supplier base and internal customers. 
l Issued blanket purchase orders to support cost savings initiatives. 
l Supported minority development and identified minority suppliers in commodities. 
l Led quarterly reviews with Purchasing V.P. 
l and Purchasing Director regarding buyer performance, cost savings, commodities, business plan 
strategies, suppliers, and total number of contracts. 
l Selected Contributions 
l Assigned tasks to associates, staffed projects, tracked progress and updated managers, partners and clients as necessary.

Procurment Specialist (Contractor)

AARP
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Washington, DC
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November 2009 to December 2012

l Worked closely with Legal department to ensure compliance to corporate standards. 
l Centralized procurement of over 150 support contracts including Telephone equipment, Networking 
equipment, Unix Member of an IT business management team that oversees a $50M annual budget, 
supporting IT, Security and Acquisition Integration functions. 
l Specific responsibility for the management of the enterprise-wide IT Procurement and IT Asset 
Management functions enabling technology and business leaders to maintain their focus on daily and strategic activities. 
l Directly manage $8M budget comprised of software licensing and support, and related outsourced 
services. 
 
l Negotiate all aspects of technology vendor contractual agreements, including servers, etc. 
l Identified enterprise and alternate providers, reducing costs by up to 75%. 
l Centralized Audio and Web conferencing; saved 60% of costs; provided Established preferred vendor list. 
l Developed departmental Policies, Procedures, Standards and Guidelines. 
l Developed processes an.

Indirect Buyer

Pentair, Inc
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Golden Valley, MN
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October 2004 to November 2009

l Co-Wrote fleet policy and temporary labor policy. 
l Researched, negotiated and purchased IT equipment, licenses and professional services. 
l Documented domestic and international business requirements as required for the Ariba On Demand tools of Sourcing and Contracts Pro. 
l Worked with project team members to prepare and distribute project-related communication and training 
documents. 
l Developed, negotiated, and administered contracts for Temporary Labor, Stationary, Relocation, Office 
Supplies, Fleet, and Business cards. 
l Negotiated, drafted and resolved all business, finance and legal terms with commercial customers' business and legal representatives involving contracts such as Software License Agreements, Evaluation License 
Agreements, Software & Maintenance Services Agreements. 
l Evaluated supplier performance and develop new sources of supply as required Leveraged volume to provide cost-effective solutions while maintaining acceptable inventory levels Maintain tracking/reporting 
systems, monitor agreements.

Purchasing Manager

Pneumapress Filter Corp
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Richmond, CA
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July 2001 to October 2004

Contracts Administrator/Sr.Buyer

Harding Lawson & Associates
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Novato, CA
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April 1996 to July 2001

Buyer III

Mare Island
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Vallejo, CA
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January 1986 to April 1996

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Full Sail University -
Winter Park, FL

2012

Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management

San Diego State University -
San Diego, CA

Additional Information

Skills 
Proficient in SAP- Purchasing, AS 400, Oracle, JD e-Commerce, e-Auctions, e-Sourcing, ARIBA 8.2, 
Edwards, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, MS eRFP, e-Procurement, e-Invoicing, PeopleSoft, E- 
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