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Purchasing Manager / Senior Buyer

Program Management ~ Team Leadership ~ Policy & Procedure Development

Budget Compliance ~ Global Sourcing & Procurement ~ New Market Identification



Seasoned background in full-scope supply chain management spanning procurement, supplier relations, inventory control, make versus buy studies and VA/VE (value analysis/value engineering). Constantly strive to maximize profitability, product integrity, cost control and sustainability through polished forecasting, scheduling and negotiating capabilities. Evaluate existing processes and procedures to rapidly implement solutions and controls that enhance supply chain functions and generate considerable cost savings. Advanced expertise in automotive commodities and well-versed in processes required for castings, forgings, stampings, seals, bearings, electronics, batteries, and AC and DC motors.

Selected Achievements:


         Collaboratively masterminded solution which reduced transportation costs by $1.5M (10.6%) in 2016 through influential negotiations with carriers.

         Extensively contributed to implementation of global commodity cost reduction initiatives at Magneti Marelli including securing contract which lowered uniform costs by 8.3%,

         Instituted MRO NAFTA strategy involving contract negotations for MRO components that saved 14.7% in both 2017 & 2018.

         Instrumental in reducing costs by 7.5% in South Carolina for SKF USA.

         Built complete purchasing department for start-up hybrid-electric powertrain company (ALTe).

         Assembled VA/VE teams to optimize supplier management and continuous improvement at ALTe.

         Championed efforts to slash program expenses at Magna Powertrain by $1.5M+.

         Captured $500K+ in savings for American Axle & Manufacturing by scrutinizing and adjusting existing contracts.

         Led a series of improvement strategies which reduced scrap by 30%, boosted overall productivity by 24%, and lowered absenteeism to 0 for six out of eight quarters during role as Purchasing Manager at American Axle.

         Exceeded cost savings initiatives by $4.1M+ in 1999, $3.4M+ in 2000, and $441K+ in 2001.

         Completed ongoing professional training throughout career and currently earning CPM designation.


Professional Experience


Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, Auburn Hills, MI, 1/2016 to 12/2016

Commodity Specialist, OPEX

         Governed all facets of procurement activities to obtain high-quality commodities at cost-effective prices.

         Controlled total annual procurement spend of 1M+ with a constant eye on budget compliance.

         Developed, expanded, managed, and maintained international supplier base.

         Closely monitored KPIs to ensure suppliers adhered to contracts and quality standards, and established contingency plans to address and mitigate performance issues.

         Helmed VA/VE activities to improve bottom-line performance via team-based product evaluation and analysis.


SKF, Armada, MI, 2014 to 2015

Purchasing Manager

         Traveled extensively to administer purchasing programs, cost reduction efforts, VA/VE and ongoing projects for two plants in South Carolina and Michigan.

         Key member of group which sought and implemented global commodity cost savings.


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Hutchinson FTS, Auburn Hills, MI, 2012 to 2014

Purchasing Manager, North America

         Managed purchasing of plastics (blow, injection, over mould), seals, hoses, sleeves) for all plants in North American and Mexico.

         Applied excellent leadership talents toward directing team of five buyers and seven support associates in Mexico.


Danfoss, Baltimore, MD, 2011 to 2012

Supply Chain Specialist

         Spearheaded supply chain activities for commodities such as plastics, hoses, seals, circuit boards, and connectors.

         Created and implemented plan to control plant spend at all North American plants, and traveled to Europe, China and India to provide influential supply chain support.


ALTe, Auburn Hills, MI, 2010 to 2011

Purchasing Manager

         Established all aspects of purchasing department for start-up hybrid-electric powertrain company including policies, procedures, job descriptions, budget, and sourcing strategy.

         Created purchasing forms and contract agreements including Request for Quotation, (RFQ), Letter of Intent (LOI), Long-term Agreement (LTA), and Terms & Conditions, (T&Cs).

         Devised supplier selection / approval process for TS16949, APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning), process audits, financial stability, PPAP (Product Part Approval Process) and FMEA (Failure Mode & Effects Analysis).

         Established supplier performance rating system and introduced internal auditing process to elevate quality levels.

         Demonstrated sharp negotiating skills in managing all direct and indirect purchasing contracts.


Magna Powertrain, Troy, MI, 2003 to 2010

Global Advanced Purchasing Team 2008 to 2010

         Steadily advanced through a series of promotions based on outstanding performance and contributions.

         Sourced and purchased actuators, solenoid, hybrid motors, forgings, castings, stampings, plastics, powdered metal, seals, bearings, fasteners, equipment and more.


Purchasing Manager Global Axle Group 2005 to 2008

         Handpicked as team leader for nine-month project in Mexico to lead plant and program purchasing for the launch of three transfer case programs totaling a spend of $350M+/year.

         Increased productivity and space in plant by joining forces with Plant Engineering and Quality divisions to standardize equipment.

         Evaluated cost of new business opportunities and assessed potential suppliers for future business.

         Maximized efficiency by facilitating transparent communication between Austria, Germany, Mexico, China, India, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil and USA axle group teams, and led supplier negotiations for all countries.


Program Senior Buyer 2003 to 2005

         Functioned as complete program buyer for rear suspension modules, front axles and transfer cases.

         Resourcefully purchased capital equipment and commodities spanning forgings, castings, rubber, fasteners, stampings, gears, etc. from global sources including LCC (low-cost countries).

         Seamlessly coordinated efforts with European and Mexican counterparts for purchasing leverage.


American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., Rochester Hills, Detroit & Oxford, MI, 1992 to 2003

Purchasing Manager 2001 to 2003

         Led all facets of purchasing operations including staff leadership, team-building and supplier relationships.

         Project-managed seamless implantation of AAM Oracle 11i system.

         Secured source agreements which fueled profits by standardizing contracts and improving purchasing programs.


Program / Indirect Senior Buyer 1995 to 2001

         Procured materials for an international, tier one automotive driveline supplier having annual sales of $2.15B.

         Created, implemented and enforced QS/ISO 9000 and 9001 procedures to ensure quality of commodities such as cutting tools, blueprint/machine detail tooling, gages, OEM machine repair, capital equipment, material handling, shelving, abrasives, computers, HVAC, plumbing, pneumatics, welding supplies, small motor repair, etc.

         Purchased prototype materials for driveline components including castings, forgings, fasteners, wire, plastics, rubber, tubing, stampings, springs, bearings, powdered metal and more.

         Promoted from initial role as Prototype Coordinator, 1992 to 1995.


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