Maria Epps has over 5 years of experience delivering smooth flow of merchandise and import systemization across international borders, with 5 additional years in retail. Her experience includes International trade and purchasing, identifying markets and sourcing products globally in economic crisis. Maria is skilled at instituting processes to direct 3rd party logistics contractors and international trade brokers. She consistently develops efficient seasonal merchandising strategies to support market penetration, product performance, and revenue growth.
MARIA EPPS Wixom, Michigan, 48393 248.787.0837 firstname.lastname@example.org On LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maria-epps/1a/889/475 PURCHASING MANAGER / GLOBAL Over 5 years of experience delivering smooth flow of merchandise and import systemization across international borders, with 5 additional years in retail. International trade and purchasing, identifying markets and sourcing products globally in economic crisis. Skilled at instituting processes to direct 3rd party logistics contractors and international trade brokers. Consistently develop efficient seasonal merchandising strategies to support market penetration, product performance, and revenue growth. Optimize inventory turn, leveraging cross-functional teams to purge redundancies. Highly motivated and self-directed while also being able to work in a team environment. A high level of personal integrity and accountability. Capability to quickly learn how to use new computer systems. Core Competencies Financial Analysis Supply Chain Oversight Forecast Analysis High-Volume Purchase Orders International Logistics Inventory Management Contingency Planning Sourcing Strategy End-to-End Import Process Distribution Operations Negotiations Analytical Reporting Bilingual: English / Russian MBA (GPA 3.72) EDUCATION Master of Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration Moscow Academy of Finance and Law, Russia PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Certificate in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Institute for Supply Management PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE MULTY, INC., Moscow, Russia 2002 – 2004 Chain of gift stores merchandising over 15,000 items. Import Manager Built the company's import department from the ground up, recruiting personnel and management to import international products. Identified and pursued new markets to source goods and services, requesting RFPs, analyzing potential return, and negotiating with foreign suppliers. Led relationships with transportation logistics contractors regarding delivery, costing, inventory levels, contingency planning, and customs brokers. Expedited delivery to retail locations, leveraging purchase orders, domestic transport, and compliance. Developed strong relationships with vendors, suppliers, retailers, logistics support, and other parties along the supply chain. Monitored inventory turn. Increased profit an average of $2.5 million each year by establishing a department dedicated to import performance management. Managed imports from Europe (France, Holland), Middle East (Turkey), Pacific (Indonesia), and Asia (China, Thailand). Accelerated corporate expansion into other cities and regions through the development of favorable import logistics, procedures, and policies. Resume MARIA EPPS Page 2 email@example.com ALLIANCE ENERGY, Moscow, Russia 1998 – 2002 Dual-channel corporation managing financial trade and the import of fine wines. Import Manager Established an import department to source spirits and beverages from Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. Managed purchase orders, analyzing potential markets, negotiating contracts, and streamlining supply chain logistics. Intuitively set up a profitable, efficient department at a time when the national market lacked best practices. Balanced profit and loss oversight with transportation and delivery management, securing and distributing high volume of controlled substances according to legal and corporate compliance. Optimized inventory procedures, eliminating redundancies and reporting regularly on sales volume, trends, and adjustments to product performance. Boosted profit to over $1 million in under a year by grounding the import department in solid logistics and planning strong marketing strategies to gain market share. Identified and sourced wine to meet local preferences, becoming the leading brand in Moscow. BC INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC., Novi, Michigan 2005 – 2010 Largest international wholesale manufacturer and retailer of fur apparel and accessories. Sales Associate, Fur Specialist Oversee shipments, order fulfillment, and inventory supply, ensuring off-the-rack merchandise compliance with standards for quality and quantity. Process and follow up with special orders, supplying clients with appropriate merchandise through multiple channels of supply chain. Generate leads to improve rate of transaction for clientele. Engage clients with winning, interactive upselling to achieve higher revenues and strong client relationships. Delivered 44% of sales out of 5 employees at a single retail location. Recognized as one of top 20 regional sales associates for 2008. Developed a rapport with high-end consumers, garnering their trust through accurate trend forecasting and in-season adjustments to product line and positioning. MARSHALL FIELD & CO., Novi, Michigan 2004 – 2005 Department store acquired by Macy's, becoming the nation's 2nd largest department store chain. Sales Associate As the first point of contact for retail consumers, presented the client-centric side of the brand experience to clients. Prompted clients toward transaction in apparel, shoes, bags, and Ralph Lauren departments. Controlled cash flow at point of sale and interfaced with financial institutions to open lines of credit. Propelled sales by informing clients of ongoing and anticipated promotions, concluding all sales with a stimulus for future transactions. Provided expertise in current and recent fashion trending. Learned to apply international merchandising experience to the American retail consumer. Administrative (Executive) 5 years experience: Personal Assistant for the President and CEOs (Moscow, Russia). Grew to a Senior Administrative position managing 5 secretaries for the Board of Directors. Resume
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