Purchasing Manager Global in Detroit MI Resume Maria Epps by MariaEpps


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									                                            MARIA EPPS
                                        Wixom, Michigan, 48393
                              248.787.0837  maria_epps@yahoo.com
                    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)

                               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.

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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.


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