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Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager

Saint Charles, MO


I can greatly benefit a company by using my knowledge and experience in sales, management, and purchasing to meet company goals. 
* 18 years of supply chain / purchasing experience. 
* 17 years of managerial experience.

Work Experience

Purchasing Manager

Cerf Brothers Bag Co

2001 to 2010

* Planned and purchased services and products (bags, luggage, and camping accessories) from Asian factories based on historical sales demand. 
* Planned and purchased fabric and components for manufacturing facility in the US as demand required. 
* Maintained system item information integrity. 
* Inspected merchandise to assure value as represented. 
* Resolved vendor or contractor grievances and claims against suppliers. 
* Handled all logistics for inbound freight movements. 
* Negotiated overseas freight contracts each year with freight forwarders. 
* Negotiated tariffs with US freight lines.

Retail Sales Manager

Hill Behan Lumber Co

1993 to 2001

* Responsible for the operation (profit and loss) and staffing of 17 retail lumber yards in the St. Louis area. 
* Conducted Store Manager Meetings monthly to initiate a team driven effort toward meeting monthly sales goals. 
* Negotiated union contracts with the Retail Clerks Union as needed. 
* Selected and priced items for tabloid and radio advertisements each month. 
* Planned and implemented store merchandising for seasonal sales changes and advertising efforts each month.

Hill Behan Lumber Co

1976 to 2001

Director of Purchasing

Hill Behan Lumber Co

1986 to 1993

* Negotiated pricing and implemented retail hardware and building material programs with suppliers for 35 retail lumber yards in 4 states. 
* Directed and managed a team of retail buyers for 3 geographic regions.

Retail Buyer

Hill Behan Lumber Co

1982 to 1986

* Reviewed sales of hardware and building material programs and ordered quantities commensurate with sales 
trends as needed for company distribution center.

Store Manager

Hill Behan Lumber Co

1980 to 1982

* Responsible for the operation and staffing of retail lumber yard. 
* Scheduled work hours for store team to cover all hours of operation.


Hill Behan Lumber Co

1976 to 1980

* Commissioned sales of hardware, cabinetry, and building materials.



St. Louis