Workman - Senior Buyer - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Loraine Workman

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Procurement professional with over fifteen years of experience in both Oil & Gas and Manufacturing industries.
Skilled in managing Materials, Equipment and Services for multi-million dollar construction projects.
Proven ability to manage staff, develop and oversee operating budgets and communicate with other departments, vendors and executive management to meet procurement goals.
Experience with sourcing and approving suppliers for purchased goods and services.
Negotiating long term service agreements, multi-frame contracts, blanket agreements and bulk commodity pricing agreements.
Highly motivated individual with excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to handle multiple priorities and conduct business in an ethical manner.
Proficient in the use of multiple computer systems including SAP, Microsoft Office, IS Networld


Senior Buyer

Work History

Senior Buyer

Three Streams Engineering

December 2011 - May 2012

• Interfaced with project management and other designates in order to plan and prioritize purchasing activities
• Sourced and selected suppliers, and prepared and issued Request for Proposals
• Evaluated, summarized, and recommended best choices based on price, delivery and fit for purpose
• Involved in negotiating terms and conditions, organized and chaired kick off meetings prior to start of production, and worked closely with suppliers, engineering and client
• Dealt with and resolved invoice discrepancies

Senior Project Buyer

Tri-Ocean Engineering

June 2011 - August 2011

• Prepared and issued requests for quotations, and evaluated and summarized bids for project and client approval
• Coordinated and negotiated with suppliers in order to ensure competitive pricing and optimal delivery terms
• Developed and issued purchase orders in accordance with project schedules
• Worked closely with project manager, engineers and project controllers in order to meet or exceed project deadlines


Senior Buyer / Logistics Coordinator

Atlantic Oil Spill Response Unit

October 2009 - December 2010

• Investigated supply sources, market conditions and availability for unique or fabricated project materials, equipment, and services
• Purchased materials, equipment and services for project engineering from approved vendors
• Utilized strategic sourcing alliance contracts, and solicited bids for requisitions in compliance with procurement policies and procedures
• Executed preparation of RFQs and RFPs, bid analysis and meeting alliance objectives
• Maintained close working relationship and open communication with vendors and the engineering department to locate required materials, products and services, ensuring a close link between design specifications and supplier capabilities

Senior Purchasing Specialist

Bantrel Inc

April 2008 - December 2008

• Worked on a number of projects including the Shell Scotford Expansion 1 Project, Irving Oil upgrader refinery, Shell Athabasca Oil Sands Project, and Suncor OS3
• Issued Request for quotations, evaluated and summarized findings for project and client approval
• Conditioned bids, negotiated with suppliers, and prepared and issued purchase orders and long term contracts
• Reported and tracked any supplier issues and non-conformance to management
• Maintained close communication with expediting and logistics departments to ensure that materials and equipment reached point of use at required at site dates

Senior Buyer

Colt Engineering

October 2006 - April 2008

• Worked on the Albian Sands Expansion 1 Project (AMEC/Colt JV) (Shell Canada) with a focus on major mechanical and electrical equipment
• Prepared and issued request for quotations, evaluated and summarized quotations for project and client approval
• Conditioned bids, negotiated with suppliers, and prepared and issuied purchase orders
• Expedited purchased materials and equipment from time of purchase to receipt at point of use

Senior Buyer

Jacobs Canada

September 2005 - October 2006

• Worked on Suncor Firebag Co-gen & Expansion and Suncor Phase 3+
• Responsible for preparing and issuing request for quotations, evaluating and summarizing bids for project and client approval, negotiating terms and conditions with suppliers, preparing and issuing purchase orders, and resolving invoice discrepancies
• Expedited purchased materials and equipment from time of purchase to receipt at point of use at site
• Responsible for major mechanical equip, including gas turbine generators and heat exchangers



Calgary Board of Education

February 2002 - August 2003

• Responsible for the control, purchase, and management of service contracts for CBE's photocopiers, office furnishings and equipment, cell phones and audio visual equipment requirements
• Responsible for administration of records and negotiating pricing structures throughout the system

Senior Project Buyer

Fluor Daniel Canada

October 1998 - July 2000

• Worked on the Shell Athabasca Oil Sands Project (joint venture) and Irving Oil Refinery Upgrade Project with a focus on heat exchangers, air coolers, pumps, valves, and instrumentation
• Responsible for preparing and issuing request for quotations, evaluating and summarizing quotes for project and client approval, conditioning received bids, negotiating with suppliers, and preparing and issuing purchase orders
• Expediting purchased materials and equipment from time of purchase to receipt at point of use

Senior Buyer

Worcester Controls

• Europe's leading manufacturer of ball valves & actuators
• Responsible for all divisional product support purchasing and management of two staff
• Sourcing and purchasing steel, plastics, electrical components/products and packaging
• Significantly reduced and maintained highly competitive raw material costs
• Sourced, negotiated and implemented outside fabricators and subcontracting services
• Instituted vendor performance measurements for raw material suppliers, improving delivery performance to 95% and successfully meeting material requirement planning objectives

Senior Buyer / Site Support

Thorn EMI

• International manufacturer of radar/telecommunication defense systems
• Responsibility for management and control of site support purchasing functions
• Managed and developed three buyers and three assistant buyers
• Initiated and implemented building and construction contracts, computer maintenance, office furnishings & office equipment, work wear and office cleaning contracts, plant machinery/equipment and vehicle leasing contracts


Senior Buyer

Purchasing Control Officer

Purchasing Administrator

Manufacturing Services Assistant

Duracell Batteries International

• World's leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance alkaline batteries
• Internal promotion with additional responsibilities of managing three staff.
• Responsible for all divisional procurement activities including materials, plant equipment, electrical, office services/supplies
• Successfully involved in implementing the start up of new factory unit within six months
• Initiated major electrical and mechanical contracts, office layout/furnishings and machine shop equipment purchases
• Interfaced daily with Production, Quality Inspection, Goods Receiving and Accounts Department
• Effective involvement in Supplier Development Working Party Group (vendor selection)
• Managed and controlled long term contracts - plant/office furnishings, equipment, work wear rental, and vehicle leasing
• Successful implementation of new computerized stock control system for bulk chemicals resulted in significant cost savings, effective stock management and better space utilization

Qualifications & Certifications

Business Management

Thompson Education Direct

Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Management

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