Purchasing Manager (Best)

Evelyn B. Watkins

2622 Carson Street, Lexington, KY 40507  / Tel# (859) 215-3610 Email: [email protected]

Purchasing Manager

Purchasing manager with specialized expertise in the retail clothing industry. Proven ability to use cutting-edge technology to coordinate appropriate merchandise supply. Adept at building relationships with vendors and suppliers to negotiate best prices and competitive contracts.

United Fashion Merchandisers, Lexington, KY

1998 – Present

Purchasing Manager

Manged purchasing operations for 10 independent boutiques. Responsible for all freight scheduling, inventory control and ordering processes. Supervise ten personnal including buyers and customer service representatives.

·        Automated ordering system which reduced cost for processing by 25%.

·        Led the implementation of a stockless inventory system which reduced costs by 15%

·        Oversaw the transition to web-based purchasing to allow in-store mangers to track inventory.

Consolidated Department Stores, Lexington, KY

1992 – 1998

Senior Buyer

Supervised 15 buyers for procurement of furnishings, consumables and equipment. Coordinated with in-store managers.

·        Built a database of best vendors and suppliers to ensure best prices.

·        Oversaw shipping to ensure just-in-time delivery and lessen storage needs.

·        Negotiated prices saving the company $25 million in one year.

KENTUCKY Clothing Outlet, Lexington, KY

1988 – 1992

Purchasing Agent

Managed all purchasing for outlet store. Responsible for purchasing merchandise, supplies, and equipment. Directed  scheduling and operations for a 10,000 square foot.

·        Created a cutting-edge tracking system which improved accuracy of ordering.

·        Supervised ten warehouse personnel and three office personnel.

·        Analyzed market trends to improve use of storage space.

LEXINGTON Fashion, Lexington, KY

1985 – 1988

Merchandise Manager

Purchased supplies and clothing merchandise for boutique store. Oversaw all vendor relations, ordered merchandise, and coordinated schedules. Maintained and organized stockroom.

·        Consolidated purchasing forms and reduced costs by 35%.

·        Negotiated with vendors for volume discounts.

·        Supervised employees and in stockroom.


Bachelor of Arts (Merchandise Management), 1985

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


American Procurement Specialists Society

American Association for Merchandise Solutions


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