Electronic Products & Technology

Purchaser/Buyer(expediter) For Hire

March 2, 2018  Stephen Law

HAROLD HICKMAN                                                                 

1320 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON K2B 8L3 (613) 422-4921 or (306) 381-1622   haroldhickman5@gmail.com

PROFILE –        

Purchaser/Buyer(expediter) within Procurement/Supply Chain Management having 10+ years of experience providing cost-effective purchasing and timely delivery of items. Multi-tasking abilities demonstrated throughout career. Described by peers as “organized”, “analytical”, “leaves no stone unturned”, “detail-oriented”

Additional competencies include:

  • Over 10+ years’ purchasing experience in the electronics manufacturing industry
  • Experienced with Outlook , Excel, Great Plains Dynamics (GP), Syteline ERP, Webplan, B.P.I.C.S
  • Background in GPS global satellite & broadband wireless networks industries
  • Analyzed/problem-solved critical shortages with multiple contract manufacturing sites
  • Tactical” purchasing history in manufacturing is ideal for expediting duties & inventory analysis
  • Developed strong communication skills dealing with internal departments and suppliers
  • 3 years background with Six Sigma Lean Manufacturing Principles (Kanban, VSM, Kaizen)
  • Lean manufacturing background involved a controlled goods clearance work environment


Buyer/Material Planner (purchasing, MRP planning on Great Plains Dynamics, expediting, vendor mgmt.)      

Vecima Networks Inc., Saskatoon, SK                                                                                          2012 – 2016

(Designer & Manufacturer of broadband cable & wireless networks)

  • Purchased electronic components plus non-inventory raw materials for two Mfg. sites
    • MRP planning and inventory management on Great Plains Dynamics (GP)
    • Managed shortage reports to determine supply chain gaps which developed analytical skills
    • Expedited purchase orders with suppliers & problem-solved delivery issues
    • Supplier Mgmt. involved (VMI) & P.O.U.R.S inventory replenishment systems
    • communicated with internal/external departments, suppliers & contract Mfg. sites

Key Accomplishment

  • Multi-tasking – Took on all work duties from a team member who was transferred to another dept.

Supply Chain Coordinator (purchaser, MRP planning on ERP, expediting, vendor mgmt.)     2008 – 2010

Novatel Inc., Calgary, AB

Manufacturer of GPS Navigational Satellite Systems for Aerospace, Agriculture robot vehicles, surveying equipment (Six – Sigma Lean manufacturing process – (kanban, kaizen, value-stream mapping)

  • Purchased electronic components plus non-inventory raw materials for local & other Mfg. site
    • Used “Syteline” ERP for purchasing, MRP planning & inventory management
    • Analyzed shortage Reports to minimize gaps in the supply chain
    • Expedited purchase orders with suppliers and problem-solved any delivery issues
    • Managed supplier team master scorecard report and any discussion on quality or delivery issues
    • communicated with internal departments, suppliers and multiple contract Mfg. sites

    Key Accomplishments (Continuous improvement)
    • Introduced the concept of “bonded inventory” which eliminated major gaps in the supply chain

  • Minimized Buyers time spent placing purchase orders by adding an excel concept via IT dept.
  • Eliminated approximately $23,000.00 worth of open purchase orders that were not needed as

discovered initially during the first week of employment

Purchasing Agent (buying, expediting, vendor mgmt., external/internal customers)                 2001- 2007

SMTC Corporation, Toronto, ON

(Contract manufacturer of electronic instruments such as hand-held debit scanning machines)

  • Purchased raw materials (i.e.) semi-conductors I.e. (I.Cs, A.S.I.C,) plus PCB’s, capacitors, resistors
    • Inventory analysis using the ERP system “Webplan”
  • Analyzed shortage Reports to determine supply chain gaps and reported issues to manager
    • Expedited purchase orders to meet production line need dates.
    • Vendor Mgmt. – purchase order revisions & discussed delivery status issues
    • communicated frequently with internal departments, contract mfg. site & customer

Key Accomplishments:
• Worked on the teams representing top 2 revenue customers for the company and we               received 5 recognition letters for meeting team production and revenue targets

  • Recovered $10,000 of obsolete inventory involving one supplier part.

Material Replenisher (kit-building, inventory mgmt. using B.P.I.CS, production-line issues)    1999 – 2001

Celestica Inc., Toronto, ON

(Canadian multinational electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company)

• Kit-building – SCS Dept.: Product Lines (Quasar motherboard & Serengeti)
• Managed Inventory analysis using B.P.I.C.S computer system
• Communicated with production line to resolve issues

KEY Accomplishments:
• Presented with internal award for team contribution after initial 3 months of employment
• Became a team lead when transferred to a different shift


Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Administration

University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE


Manpower – “Opportunity knocks” Program (Calgary, AB)                                                     2011

(Career planning/development, presentation/communication skills empowerment

REFERENCES – Available upon request