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Obtaining a position as Buyer or Buyer/Planner with a growing and innovative company.


I am looking for a Buyer or Buyer/Planner position with a dynamic manufacturing company.  I have 9 years of purchasing experience, 15 years of production planning experience, as well as 22 years of Customer Service in various manufacturing environments, and I am very knowledgeable of manufacturing processes in a fast-paced environment. I truly believe that the customer always comes first and that an order must be met with the utmost priority. I am very detail oriented, have excellent communication skills, and can multi-task effectively. I am also very team oriented and really like working with people.

Work experience

Dec 2006Mar 2009

Production Planner/Buyer

Pierce Pacific Manufacturing
  • Opened all manufacturing jobs for plant production, created job menus for each sales order for ease in tracking jobs.

  • Went through all jobs and bill of materials to determine part requirements. Purchased steel burns and steel tubing, sending drawings to suppliers for quote on each job. Notified other buyers of parts to be purchased and deliveries needed. Assisted other buyers with their purchasing issues.

  • Created and utilized standard process for PO confirmation from vendors, requiring return e-mail or confirmation to ensure receipt of all purchase orders.

  • Worked closely with Engineering on new parts being released, determining vendors and pricing. Verified correct BOM structure entered in the system.

  • Worked with management to evaluate min/max and safety stock levels so MRP would be most effective.

  • Resolved purchase order discrepancies, invoice errors and un-reconciled inventory.

  • Purchased MRO items as needed by Maintenance or other departments.

Nov 2004Dec 2006

Senior Buyer/Planner

  • Responsible for $3.5 million of purchased parts for Fab assembly for customer orders using MRP.

  • Overall implementation of new products into production, including sourcing, negotiating pricing, delivery, and setting up new suppliers.

  • Achieved $78K in cost reductions for 2005/2006 vs. $68K in price increases.

  • Staggered JIT (Just-In-Time) deliveries of product to minimize inventory levels of 2-4 weeks.

  • Closely monitored and resolved vendor performance of on-time delivery for ISO 9000-2000.

  • Resolved purchase order discrepancies, invoice errors and un-reconciled inventory.

Aug 2000Nov 2004

Buyer/Planner/Customer Service

Evans Components, Inc
  • In charge of overall planning, purchasing and scheduling of fabricated items to support manufacturing of customer orders.

  • Responsible for new items, negotiated pricing, found sourcing for R&D projects.

  • Purchased materials needed for production with an emphasis for timely deliveries, especially materials imported from overseas.

  • Quoted requests for Ball Valves and fabricated items, including price and deliveries.

  • Entered all customer orders for Ball Valves and fabricated items; verified quantities, terms and pricing, matched up with quotes.

May 1998Aug 2000

Material Planner

  • Instrumental in implementing MRP system within SAP.

  • Released Purchase Requisitions to inform purchasing when to order spare parts.

  • Reconciled any inventory discrepancies for more than 3000 parts.

  • Worked with Purchasing to expedite and de-expedite materials based on changes in requirements.

Feb 1994May 1998

Customer Service/Planner III

  • Performed extensive customer service functions, received and processed all orders, verified quantities, terms and pricing, coordinated ship dates, research and resolution of customer claims.
  • Worked with master planner analyzing sales orders vs. forecast to determine manufacturing priorities using MRP system.

  • Generated and assigned production schedules to departments and worked with them towards the completion of those schedules.

Sep 1985Feb 1994

Office Coordinator/Customer Service

Air Products & Chemicals
  • Supervised and determined work responsibility of customer service and administrative personnel.

  • Interviewed, hired and managed temporary workers.

  • Trained new employees in all administrative tasks.

  • Duties included order entry, customer service, billing, accounts payable, records management and reception.


Dennis Fleming

March 27, 2009

To Whom it may concern,

I have been Donna Schmidt's manager for over 2 years.  It has been a pleasure having her on my team.

Donna is a planner and buyer of the highest caliber, who meticulously researches, formats, edits and proofs her documents.  I've received many compliments from vendors who rely on Donna's documentation, tech support, and other departments praise her work.

Donna is an innovative self-starter, who rarely needs supervision.  She is punctual and typically exceeds expectations.  She handles pressure well, and will voluntarily work overtime to meet a deadline.  Donna has superior skills and admirable work ethics.

Donna is an invaluable asset to any production control department, and I highly recommend hiring her.  If you would like to discuss her attributes in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Dennis Fleming

Manager, Production Control 

Randy Grow

April 9, 2009

To whom it may concern,

I have known and worked closely with Donna Schmidt for the last couple of years, as a supplier to Pierce Pacific.  I have found her to be an intelligent and amicable individual who is easy to work with.

She has always been accurate and thorough in her duties as both a purchasing agent and expediter and is very detail oriented.  She is very diligent at finding solutions when problems arise and works well with other individuals to implement these solutions.

I've known her to do whatever is required top help meet customer demands and requirements including selflessly working long hours when the situation demands it.

I believe that she would be a loyal, energetic addition to any organization that would require her skills and talent.


Randy Grow

Vice President

Ammcon Corp.


Sep 1978Jun 1979

University of Puget Sound


I am highly skilled at 10-key and extremely accurate, having done data entry for several years. 
I am profecient in MS Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook.  Also have used SAP, Caelus, Pointman, and others.