Ira Skellham

Ira Skellham

Work History

Work History


Art Skills

Global sourcing - paper and arts and crafts items.

Jul 2011 - Present

Sr. Buyer


Working with a Asia vendors network base in China, HKG, Taiwan, Thailand. Managing a diverse product line including kayaks and kayak accessories, paddles, life vests.  Manage Vendor setup, compliance, contracts, purchase orders, supply chain and vendor development and discovery.

Jun 2010 - Jul 2011

Global Sourcing mgr

Michael's Art & Crafts

Supported new product development and global sourcing for Tower Baskets, Fun Finds and outdoor entertainment. Working with a global network of agent offices and vendors base in China, HKG, Taiwan, Thailand, India. Managing a $60M spend on a diverse product line including paper, melamine, art & crafts, impulse and seasonal items.Manage Vendor setup, compliance, contracts, purchase orders, supply chain and vendor development.

Jan 2007 - Mar 2009

Global Sourcing mgr.

Elmer's Products Inc.


  • Responsible for location selection, setup, negotiation and management of paper, publishing and print suppliers in China. Successfully moved kids art & craft books from the USA to China printing facilities. Reported to VP Supply chain.
  • Managed global sourcing of kids arts and crafts sets, marker, paints, ink products.

  • Identified and managed kit and assembly factories, paper, printing and packaging suppliers including notebooks, portfolios, children’s board books, coloring books, pens, markers and other arts and crafts items sketch, drawing, and tracing paper.

  • Added printing factories in Vietnam, China and India.

  • Managed vendor compliance, product development and QC. Annual spend of $30M.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2007

Sourcing director


  • Responsible for setup of Hong Kong representative office. Located, negotiated and managed printing within Asia and SE Asia printers for Cadmus US based customers and their global OEM supply chain. Reported to VP Sales.
  • Led strategic global sourcing project for production print and packaging; identified, audited and managed new sources of printing and packaging suppliers in Asia and Southeast Asia. Packaging included SBS, CCNB, corrugated, books, foil board and plastics packaging.

  • Added 12 printing factories throughout Asia including Korea, Thailand, India, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Turkey for US dept. store Target and customers Sara Lee, Verbatim, Titleist.

  • Verified capabilities, managed contract agreements and relationships, product development and quality control.

  • Setup Hong Kong office, help setup India office and Thailand branch office.

  • Hired 6 office staff in Hong Kong & India – sales, account executives and customer service.

  • Moved annual packaging purchases of $25M into China and India for Target Home’s division.

  • Achieved a $2.5M package spend for Sara Lee Hanes and POLO Ralph Lauren to India.

  • Identified, audited and managed new sources of logistics carriers.

Jan 1993 - Nov 2003

Compliance, Sourcing, Procurment

MjC Llc

manufacture import and sell high quality apparel for men, women and children


Sep 1991 - May 1993

Alameda Collegue




International Association of Contract and Compliance Management


  • Vendor Management

  • Quality Control

  • Global Strategic Sourcing

  • Vendor Compliance

  • Product Development


  • Lead and facilitate effective sourcing and procurement processes for international business needs.
  • Analyze supplier cost, quality, compliance, capability, capacity and performance metrics.
  • Supports unique customer contract based sourcing requirements globally.


Entrepreneurship, working in China, India in outsourced relationships, new product development and launch, hiking and photography.