Fast-paced sales and trouble-shooting, customer service
Purchasing Agent (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – March 14, 2018
Ordered lab and teaching supplies for largest USC department (Biological Sciences), sold and reported these supplies, provided training to lab employees on safe transport of chemicals and gas cylinders, did all international paperwork to ship research equipment for research teams traveling globally, prepared all FedEx and UPS shipments and associated paperwork, trained work studies and part-time employees on inventory control and customer service, acted as receiving agent for all incoming orders, samples, scientific catalogs for entire department, ordered and dispensed ETOH and reported sales monthly, supplied stockroom inventory and sales reports, reserved department vehicles and boats for use by faculty and lab techs, made arrangements for scientific equipment calibrations for department, signed out audio-visual supplies, ordered-stored-sold and reported gas cylinders for College of Science and Mathematics,
led college in recycling efforts and won award for same, ordered live specimens (invertebrates) and specimens (dead) for research and teaching labs, ensured that teaching labs safely disposed of said materials when research or teaching was concluded. Inventory estimated to be upwards of $1 million in stockroom. Time-sensitive dry ice shipments of DNA and proteins. Ordered, stored, sold and reported dry ice for college. Worked closely with USC Environmental Health and Safety Department to ensure that stockroom met all OSHA standards and that employees were properly trained in transport of hazardous chemicals and gases.
Delivered research equipment on time for field work world-wide, education I received on chemicals, gases and proteins, ability to complete simultaneous tasks successfully under pressure, ability to work alone or with others, forecasting pre-semester needs of teaching labs, health and safety knowledge about chemicals and gases, working with sales executives of scientific companies, working with brilliant faculty.
Occasional very long hours, trouble-shooting for research teams world-wide, necessity for e-mails and phone calls during the night to deal with research teams, very large training curve with little time to absorb info before application, dealing with difficult faculty and lab techs, understanding int'l. employees and students with subpar English.