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yyyyyy x. yyyyyy                                                                    

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career objective                              

results-driven purchasing and category manager eager to contribute sharp business acumen, strategic planning, and vendor negotiation skills toward supporting the employer in optimizing financial performance


ø  offer numerous years of progressive category management experience, with expertise in cost-effective purchasing, merchandising, supplier relations, and contracts administration

ø  proactively monitor trends and developments, including competitive services and marketing activities; expertly identify and capitalize on opportunities to penetrate and develop markets

ø  create accurate forecasts, contingency plans, and optimized assortment plans; develop and implement innovative sourcing, project management, and local, national, and global supplier evaluation strategies resulting in superior levels of customer attraction, satisfaction, and retention

ø  strategically plan and coordinate workflow and human resources for optimal coverage while containing labor costs; hire, train, and lead top-performing support teams

ø  dynamic communication, presentation, negotiation, and relationship management skills


~ key achievements ~

  • played instrumental role in achieving $300m in sales revenues with a gross margin of $95m as a buyer in the fashion bedding department of sears; launched diversified, global sourcing strategy responsible for increasing mark-up by 3.5 points, reducing costs, and improving quality
  • successfully positioned two major sears brands as best value in market and developed two-year business plan projected to increase total sales by 40%
  • accurately identified area and accent rug color and pattern trends, formulated sourcing strategy, and created differentiated product assortment to expand brooks industries market share by 65%; coordinated two product managers, a design manager, four designers, and four division assistants in operations
  • in recognition of outstanding performance, progressed within target corp. to attain senior-level position entrusted with building and leading 13-member cross-functional team integral to consistently exceeding established targets
  • developed and implemented long-term assortment strategy resulting in 12% increase in comparable store sales, grew direct import purchases by 50% to boost gross margin by 3 basis points, and created contingency plans to ensure continued profitability for target in case of extreme market fluctuations
  • as a buyer for target s domestics & electronics divisions, increased sales by 30% by initiating customer-focused assortment plan, created why to buy packaging and marketing campaign resulting in a 25% office electronics sales increase, surpassed accessory profit goals by 15%, and grew home printing market share by 5 basis points
  • introduced tiered inventory strategy responsible for increasing inventory turn by 15% and sales by 10% in the home d cor & stationery category at filene s basement

professional experience                

sears holdings corporation, hoffman estates, il                                                                                   2008 c present

buyer, fashion bedding                                              


brooks industries, dalton, ga                                                                                                                2007 c 2008     

director of development                                              


target corporation, minneapolis, mn                                                                                                      2000 c 2007     

senior buyer, bath & rugs (2003 c 2007)                                                                     

buyer, domestics & electronics divisions (2000 c 2003)                      


filene s basement, wellesley, ma                                                                                                          1996 c 2000     

buyer, home d cor & stationery (1997 c 2000)            

assistant buyer, domestics (1996 c 1997)                                                                                                                    


marmaxx buying group / tj maxx, framingham, ma                                                                              1994 c 1996     

senior business analyst, domestics & jewelry                                                           


knox college, galesburg, il                                                                                                                  1994

bachelor of arts in economics, cum laude

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