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Purchasing Agent Resume

Minneapolis, MN


Results - driven and customer-service focused Purchasing professional with a broad understanding of all areas of a business environment including sourcing, PO creation, expediting, invoice resolution, negotiating and contract creation. Personable and team-focused communicator with exemplary work ethic and emphasis on quality and professionalism. Proficient in MS Office, Oracle and Lawson.


Purchasing Agent

Confidential, Minneapolis, MN


  • Contracted and negotiated the capital, service and consumable purchases for Lab and Radiology.
  • Negotiated over $600,000 in savings this year.
  • Sourced equipment and products for our end users.
  • Performed financial analysis for capital, service and consumable contracts.
  • Attended regular meetings with Lab and Radiology departments at various sites.
  • Worked with all sites in the system to standardize equipment.

Purchasing Specialist

Confidential, St. Paul, MN


  • Generate IT purchase orders based on approved purchase requests for North America, South America and Canada.
  • Confirm approval requirements and verify compliance with matrix and Grant of Authority.
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining competitive sources of products and services.
  • Participate in process changes to ensure efficient work flow.
  • As directed, follow up on purchase orders and expedite when needed.
  • Determine and/or validate correct account coding for accurate expense distribution.
  • Ensure highest quality of internal customer service and respond to all requests in a timely manner.
  • Support other activities and initiatives as needed as well as perform region specific duties as required.

Purchasing Specialist

Confidential, Mpls., MN


  • Sourced product requests for all routine and capital purchasing for assigned commodities, which include respiratory, cardiac rhythm devices, interventional radiology, endoscopy, patient monitoring, anesthesia and pharmacy.
  • Managed product orders (PO to Payment) which includes: expediting, researching/resolving receiving issues, backorders, sourcing substitutions, and resolving any product order discrepancies.
  • Communicated order status with end users as needed.
  • Collaborated closely with Contract Administration on contract availability, terms and pricing.
  • Joined forces with vendors, material services staff, invoice entry staff and end users to resolve product discrepancies.
  • Managed purchase orders and all aspects of the ordering process which includes taking appropriate action on backorders, stock-outs, substitutions and expedited requests.
  • Worked closely with Contract Administration Team on requests for new products/contracts and contract pricing data base.
  • Communicated major contract non-compliance issues relating to vendor or end user non-compliance.
  • Participated in process improvement planning and implementation activities.
  • Assisted in development of objectives for Supply Chain and help develop action plans for their implementation.
  • Provided work direction to Purchasing Specialist I team members.

In-Plant Coordinator

Confidential, Eden Prairie, MN


  • Instituted in-plant program at Confidential and Confidential .
  • Worked with Schwing to set up a two-bin Kanban system.
  • Coordinated sales efforts for 10 different companies at both locations.
  • Expedited multiple MRO and OEM items on a daily basis.
  • Developed critical relationships with management and purchasing personnel at both locations.
  • Helped Confidential institute the beginning stages of an in-plant program.
  • Instituted and maintained a vending machine program at Confidential .
  • Managed a scan card system that contained over 2000 items between the two locations.
  • Managed on-site inventory at Confidential .
  • Set up yearly product shows on-site at Confidential for our vendors.
  • Saved over one million dollars over a three-year period.
  • Purchased over two million dollars in MRO and OEM items a year for both clients.

Manager/Controller/Purchasing Agent

Confidential, Bloomington, MN


  • Managed and motivated Sales Representatives doubling sales production, and increasing profit margins by 10%.
  • Built positive customer relationships, negotiated contracts and supervised inside sales operations.
  • Integrated engineering, production and front-office processes to ensure cohesive project performance and timely service delivery.
  • Streamlined ordering processes, reduced operating expense and increased quality control.
  • Developed spreadsheets and posted the general ledger.
  • Coordinated all accounts receivable, accounts payable and financial reporting processes.
  • Collaboratively selected and implemented company pension and incentives plan.
  • Maintained client communication, improved payment response times and substantially decreased outstanding balances.
  • Implemented daily inventory counts and developed backup system to manage inventory and production processes.
  • Scheduled and supervised all production operations.
  • Located quality suppliers, established vendor relationships, and competitively purchased and maintained 1500-item inventory.
  • Analyzed customer buying trends and forecasted needs.
  • Purchased machined parts, molded parts, electrical components, fabricated parts and off the shelf items.
  • Scheduled delivery of all components to arrive in time to fulfill orders.
  • Dealt with all of supplier issues, from part rejections and late shipments to initial quotes and price negotiations.

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