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Work experience

Nov 2012Present


Twin City Die Castings
  • Manages the vendor selection program and supplier performance metrics
  • Issues purchase orders, blanket orders and parts releases to maintain min/max levels
  • Ensures supplier on-time delivery
  • Implemented supplier vending machine program, reducing stockroom management and inventory costs
  • Works closely with maintenance personnel to minimize downtime to cast equipment by assisting with inventory management
  • Create purchasing related training material for company wide use
  • Perform monthly purchasing related metrics
  • Conduct audits for TS (automotive) and ITAR (government) suppliers
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as MS Access and MS Visio
Aug 2005Feb 2012

Manager, Purchasing Systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Directly supervised and managed the workload of purchasing support staff
  • Functional project manager on e-procurement integration projects such as e-invoicing, contract management, sourcing manager and on-line catalogs
  • Experienced with Basecamp, an on-line project management application
  • Worked closely with e-Procurement vendor, campus programmers and third party software providers to develop and implement integration with the SciQuest e-Procurement system
  • Managed SciQuest e-Procurement system with over 900 active users
  • Developed e-Procurement, e-Invoice (Finance) and Procurement basic and advanced user training programs
  • Conducted monthly classroom training for new e-Procurement users and advanced training
  • Provided monthly procurement metrics and ad-hoc reports to the Director, Materials Management
  • Provided data analytic support to the strategic sourcing staff
  • Maintained the Purchasing and Disbursement Operations websites
  • Managed the corporate credit card and declining balance card program from account setup to monthly audits to include the record retention and archival program
  • Responsible for Information Technology and Scientific/Research related commodities
  • Issued request for proposal (RFP) and conducted vendor selection
  • Negotiated Microsoft and Oracle campus user contracts resulting in a 3% savings
  • Established preferred vendor programs for the Rensselaer scientific community allowing for a more streamlined procurement process
  • Experienced with

+ Nolij – Document Scanning/Imaging system

+ Microsoft Project

+ Sungard Banner (ERP)

+ SciQuest Select Site e-Procurement system

+ Brio Data Warehouse

+ Dreamweaver CS5.5, HTML, JAVA

+ Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

+ Microsoft Visio

+ Microsoft Access (Basic Knowledge)

+ Google Analytics

Aug 2004Aug 2005

Assistant Supervisor, Barrier Production

Taconic Farms
  • Supervised 5 animal care technicians
  • Responsible for barrier inventory
  • Ensured Taconic quality standards were met
Aug 2003Aug 2004

Subcontract Administrator

  • Contract position
  • Negotiated and administered camp life support subcontracts
  • Administered lease agreements in support of U.S. Army operations in central Iraq
  • Administration of 7.2 million dollar 500 man camp construction project
  • Issued Request for Proposals for camp construction projects and life support sevices
  • Awarded and administered over $5 million in subcontracts and purchase orders in support of 3200 U.S. and Coalition Forces
May 2002Oct 2002

Senior Contract Administrator

Tai Pedro & Associates
  • Contract position
  • Senior contract specialist under contract to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
  • Responsible for the preparation of financial reports
  • Administered multi-million dollar health care contract, negotiated third option year saving $60k.
  • Prepared solicitations, request for proposals, accomplished negotiations and sealed bid purchases
  • Interpreted specifications, statement of work and evaluated price reasonableness by using price and cost analysis for all types of service and construction contracts
Aug 2000May 2002

E-Commerce Web Manager

Anaconda Sports
  • Supervised two web developers and two graphic artists
  • Supervised and administered user accounts, customized profiles and created policies
  • Developed and maintained the Anaconda Sports e-commerce web site and the Men’s Senior Softball League (MSBL) site
  • Designed e-commerce site for Anaconda’s contracts with the New York City Board of Education
  • Maintained, repaired, installed and updated 80 user workstations, 1 Novell server and 1 Linux server
Jul 1980Aug 2000

Contract Administrator

United States Air Force
  • 20 years of Federal Government procurement experience including simplified acquisitions, service contracts, repair/maintenance agreements, construction contracts, sealed bidding, and negotiated agreements; extensive work with administering large dollar (>$100k) contracts as well as standard small dollar purchasing through various acquisition methods
  • Over 5 years senior level management experience, indirect supervision and responsibility for entire divisions; including acquisition strategy planning and contract specification review functions
  • Led monthly classroom based e-procurement training for Air Mobility Command purchasing offices
  • Monitored construction contract progress schedules and submitted monthly progress payments
  • Comprehensive contract administration experience including; managing subcontracts, material submittal schedules/requirements, labor issues, payrolls, invoicing and progress payment review/approval, disputes claims resolutions and supplemental agreement negotiations
  • Advertised, negotiated and administered complex construction contracts in excess of $25 million.
  • Administered $20 million dollar Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements contract (SABER) construction contract
  • Thorough knowledge of the federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR and DFAR)
  • International contracting experience with Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Asian and Central American countries


Mar 1994Dec 1996


Community College of the Air Force


Karen Elwood

Previous supervisor

Maria Williams

Linda Cook

I have known Linda for 32 years. I worked for her while serving in the US Air Force and had the pleasure of working with her again at RPI.