Product Development Manager 2015 Purchasing Manager (2004-2015)
ARTISAN SPECIALTY FOODS, INC
ARTISAN － LYONS, IL Reduced costs and increased margins. Sourced 80% of products. Instrumental in achieving 25%-40% average total contribution margins while maintaining a high turnover. Developed private label and repackaging programs. Labelling management: Created bar codes, nutritional labels and recipes for over 50 products. Improved labels, packaging & printing supplies & equipment. Developed systems over 20 years to monitor market pricing and supply levels for spices, fruits, nuts oils and vinegars. Used forward purchase orders & regional transfers to lock in inventory at lower costs and higher levels of supply stability. Imported products from France, Spain & Australia by ocean & air freight. Documented USDA recalls and various licensing & inspections. Experienced in multiple enterprise resource management. Primarily Great Plains. Experienced in database management, warehouse organization including bin location creation, deployment & cycle counting. Fluent in sales report creation and analysis. 30 years experience in sales, marketing and purchasing. Trained many team members in various departments. Streamlined structure of receiving & purchasing with different ERM programs.