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Georgia Department Of Administrative Services - Category Manager Resume Example

Grace Gray

Accomplished and energetic Purchasing Professional with a solid history of progressive achievement in Supply Chain Management. Motivated leader with strong organizational and prioritization abilities. Areas of expertise include Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Purchasing, Commodity, Contract and Category, Process Improvement and Supplier Relationship Management. 

  • 7-Stages of Procurement Methodologies
  • Large Matrixed Organization Experience
  • Cross-Functional Team Leader
  • Contract, Terms & Conditions Negotiations 
  • Strong Market Research and Data Analysis Skill
  • Communicator with Dynamic Presentation Skills
CATEGORY MANAGER 03/2012 to Present
Georgia Department of Administrative Services Atlanta, GA
  • Three years as a Category Manager and Issuing Procurement Officer with the State of Georgia's State Purchasing Division, Strategic Sourcing Unit
  • Engage suppliers by leading the end-to-end supplier selection and bidding processes across high value spend categories 
  • Lead continuous improvement processes for portfolio in support of the enterprise wide strategic sourcing and vendor rationalization program 
  • Measure, track & report supply chain performance within each assigned spend category Responsibility quickly rose as a goods and supplies associate rose rapidly in only 24 months from managing $1.6MM in annual spend to a $100MM portfolio of aggregate annual spend 
  • Turned around a poorly performing large capital equipment category, exceeding expectations by driving a $780K first year's savings and cost avoidance 
  • Manage multiple product and service categories including; Professional Services, Energy, Natural Gas, Petroleum, Gas, Diesel and LP, Capital Equipment, Heavy Earth Moving Equipment, Fo.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
  • Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  • Utilize Oracle online eProcurement purchasing system
SALES CONSULTANT 09/2011 to 03/2012
American Signature Furniture Buford, GA
  • Greeted customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Described merchandise and explain use, operation, and care of merchandise to customers.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Answered questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Computed sales prices, total purchases and receive and process cash or credit payment.
  • Helped customers try on or fit merchandise.
  • Maintained knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges, and security practices.
  • Sold and arrange for delivery, fabric/leather protection, special financing, and service contracts for merchandise.
  • Demonstrated use or operation of merchandise.
  • Placed special orders or call other stores to find desired items.
  • Opened and closed cash registers, performing tasks such as counting money, separating charge slips, coupons, and vouchers, balancing cash drawers, and making deposits.
  • Watched for and recognize security risks and thefts, and know how to prevent or handle these situations.
EQUIPMENT BUYER 06/2009 to 09/2011
Vision Equipment and Auctions Company Covington, Georgia
  • Established and managed a new category role responsible for sourcing of commercial food service equipment.
  • Evaluated and provided data analysis presentations to senior management 
  • Coordinated cross-functional purchases to assure delivery schedule adherence 
  • Managed key supplier relationships Established effective communication network within and beyond the working team to ensure accurate and timely flow of information to improve the quality, consistency, effectiveness, cost, and value to senior management 
  • Evaluated potential suppliers; send and analyzed inventories; finalized contract development 
  • Participated in negotiation strategies that delivered against business objectives and achieved many sustainable relationships with new suppliers.
  • Implemented supplier purchase agreements/contracts by working with senior management and suppliers to reach agreement on contract terms and conditions.
  • Managed commercial food service category
  • Negotiated prices, discount terms and transportation arrangements for merchandise.
  • Located vendors for materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Reviewed purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Arranged for disposal of surplus materials.
GENERAL MANAGER 03/2008 to 06/2009
TFC Express Financial Services of Georgia, Inc Powder Springs, GA
  • Managed a new start-up automotive asset recovery business as the general operations manager.
  • Oversaw day-to-day activities directly related to providing asset recovery services
  • Directed and coordinated service production activities 
  • Developed terms and conditions of sale
  • Managed contractors, preparing work schedules and coordinating specific duties.
  • Determined customers' financial services needs and prepare proposals to sell services that address these needs.
  • Contacted prospective customers to present information and explain available services.
  • Prepare forms and agreements to complete sales.
  • Developed prospects from current commercial customers, referral leads, and conducted sales meetings.
MERCHANDISE BUYER 03/2007 to 03/2008
Argent Ornamental Iron and Steel / The Red Gate Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Developed company procurement policies and procedures Managed contracts and growing vendor data base Manage subcontractor vendor quoting and bidding process.
  • Buyer and estimator for commercial and retail architectural metals 
  • Established new retail showroom for this wholesale metals distributor increasing profit margins by 30% Supervised up to 5 employees and 1 outside sales representative.
  • Negotiated prices, discount terms and transportation arrangements for merchandise.
  • Conferred with sales and purchasing personnel to obtain information about customer needs and preferences.
  • Examined, select, order, and purchase at the most favorable price merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements and other factors.
  • Monitored and analyze sales records, trends, or economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns and determine what the company will sell and how much inventory is needed.
  • Set  mark-up rates, mark-down rates, and selling prices for merchandise.
  • Trained and supervised sales staff of five.
  • Authorized payment of invoices or return of merchandise.
  • Interviewed and worked closely with vendors to obtain and develop desired products.
  • Provided clerks with information to print on price tags, such as price, mark-ups or mark-downs and manufacturer's SKU number
  • Determined which products should be featured in advertising, the advertising medium to be used, and when the ads should be run.
  • Inspected merchandise and products to determine value or yield.
  • Monitored competitors' sales activities by following their advertisements in newspapers or other media.
Olympic Pool Plastering Norcross, Georgia
  • Established a new operations role for buying bulk commodities including; pebble aggregate, sand, and dyes for privately company in the luxury swimming pool industry.
  • Sourced new suppliers and negotiated cost savings with vendors producing better competitive pricing on ancillary, indirect goods and services and quality assurance.
  • Managed operations for a fifty (50) man crew and supervised up to five (5) direct reports including other managers; customer service, warranty repair, fleet maintenance, inventory specialist, special projects, and seasonal warehouse personnel.
  • Continuously assessed opportunities for savings via spend analysis and commodity planning.
  • Provided technical support to trade craftsmen and subcontractors.
  • Supervised employees and subcontractors to ensure quality of work or adherence to company policies.
  • Tracked and maintained records for wind operations, such as site performance, downtime events, parts usage, or substation events.
  • Examined shipment contents and compare with records such as manifests, invoices, and orders to verify accuracy.
  • Recorded shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, and discrepancies for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
  • Prepared documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
  • Correspond with direct and indirect material representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
  • Contacted carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
PURCHASING MANAGER 09/2001 to 11/2005
O'Connor Plumbing, Inc Dacula, Georgia
  • Managed a $50MM, 30,000sf new construction project, sourcing and purchasing all plumbing materials as the project purchasing manager.
  • Drove best pricing through RFQs for plumbing materials and fixtures including iron, steel, copper, PVC piping, porcelain fixtures, and precious metal (gold and silver) fixtures.
  • Managed supplier relationships, including auditing invoices for substantial manufacturer's rebates resulting in a 5% return.
  • Prepared purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
  • Determined if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
  • Responded to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
  • Performed buying duties when necessary.
  • Contact suppliers in order to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems.
  • Review requisition orders in order to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications.
  • Prepare, maintain, and review purchasing files, reports and price lists.
  • Compared prices, specifications, and delivery dates in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
  • Tracked the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders.
  • Checked shipments when they arrive to ensure that orders have been filled correctly and that goods meet specifications.
  • Compared suppliers' bills with bids and purchase orders in order to verify accuracy.
  • Monitored in-house inventory movement and complete inventory transfer forms for bookkeeping purposes.
  • Located suppliers, using sources such as catalogs and the internet, and interview them to gather information about products to be ordered.
MBA: Business Administration Jun 1985 BRENAU UNIVERSITY - Gainesville, Georgia
BBA: Business Administration May 1981 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA - Dahlonega, GA
Associate of Arts: Business Administration Jun 1979 Truett-McConnell College - Cleveland, Georgia
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Previous Companies:

  • Georgia Department of Administrative Services
  • American Signature Furniture
  • Vision Equipment and Auctions Company

Previous Job Positions:

  • Category Manager
  • Sales Consultant
  • General Manager


  • Truett-McConnell College

Level of Education:

  • MBA
  • BBA
  • Associate of Arts

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