Experienced Procurement Consultant
Organized and agressive procurement consultant with 17 years experience across a broad range of categories, industries and for companies from 700 million in revenue to 108 billion.. Proven ability to work with executive leaders to create procurement programs in-line with company objectives, balancing the cost and complexity, while moving them towards a best-in-class solution or to lead cross-fuctional teams to quickly articulate businesses needs, identify category category cost drivers and develop a compelling story to evoke a competitive response from suppliers, driving speed to savings/implementation for critical sourcing initatives.
Areas of Expertise
  • Program/Project Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Procurement Processs Transformation
  • Procurement Policy Development
  • KPI Delevelopment/Reporting
  • Market Analysis
  • Spend Analysis
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Supplier Identification
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Contract Development
  • Savings Reporting
  • Vendor Evaluation
  • Category Planning
  • Supplier Development
  • Sales & Operations Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Cost Modeling
  • Executive Communication
  • Cross-fuctional Team Leadership
  • Team Development
  • Creating Influence
  • Microsoft Office
  • Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access
Work Experience
Independent ConsultantCornelius, NC
Independent Procurement Consultant
2013-Present
Since 2011, I have helped industry leading companies create procurement organizations from the ground up, provide additional resources to accelerate savings in preperation of a sale, to recoup thier investment after an acquisition and prior to the emergence from bankruptcy and lead existing procurment organizations during extended canidate searches. (www.ronlarimer.com)
  • Assisted the VP of Procurment create the policies and procedures for a centralied procurement program, for a consumer products company with 4 divisions and more than 60 locations during the 1st year of their centralized indirect program, while being the program manager for the outsourced procurement consulting company and addressing more than $280 million in annual spend, generating savings to fund internal hiring.
  • Led the procurement team for $2 billion paper and plastic packaging company during multiple acquisition integrations, inculding the annual budgeting process, redesigning the capital equipment purchasing process and leading multiple direct sourcing efforts, during an extended canidate search.
  • Led strategic sourcing initiatives for Direct, Indirect, Corporate Professional Services, Facilities Services and Capital purchases for companies from $700 million to over $108 billion in annual revenue.
  • Achieved savings of 30% on Payroll & Time/Attendance Software, 42% on Leave Management, 34% on Employee Assistance, 12.9% on Travel and 8% on Hazardous Waste at an Aerospace Manufacturer in a union environment.
  • Achieved savings of over 36% in MRO & Safety, 51% in Forklifts, 71% in Propane, 26% in Direct Fasteners, 18% in Corrugate, 16% in Pallets & 16% in Purchased Parts strategic sourcing initiatives at diversified client.
  • Identified >$3 million savings opportunity for pre-impregnated carbon fiber raw material based on research for a $10,000 services spot buy at an aerospace client.
  • Led packaging savings efforts through unit price negotiations, sku rationalization, box design including corrugate weight, gap, color and reusability, order quantity and order frequency for a tier 1 automotive supplier
  • Led the program management for a women's fashion retailer chapter 11 bankruptcy cure campaign.
When the Balloon Goes Up!Huntersville, NC
Owner
2011-2013
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    Procurian (Accenture)King of Prussia, PA
    Market Intelligence Practice Lead / Director
    2008-2011
    Procurian was aquired by Accenture in 2013, and provided source-to-pay procurement solutions for various functional business needs, such as category strategy and planning, sourcing, implementation, contracting and contract management, transaction management, and supplier relationship management. The company also provides procurement outsourcing solutions. (www.accenture.com/...sourcing-procurement)
    • Led the spend, realized savings and compliance processes for 22 accounts representing $22B/yr in spend and $600MM in savings across 2,500 initiatives and ~400 monthly data feeds.
    • Developed the reporting used at all accounts to communicate spend, realized savings and compliance to c-level.
    • Increased the frequency of client spend analytics reporting from annually to monthly.
    • Increased the Spend, Savings and Compliance reporting productivity by 50%.
    • Led the development of a software as a service product from conception through design, development and to the initial beta client.
    • Led a 17-person international team and directed the work of 11 dedicated IT resources.
    Procurian (Accenture)King of Prussia, PA
    Program Manager
    2007-2008
    • Led a 3-person category management team with an 11-person buying center using FAR purchasing requirements.
    • Turned around troubled relationship to extended agreement for 3 years and increase authority.
    • Guided client through the sun setting of an e-commerce solution and selection/implementation of the new web based replacement.
    • Led account through Tool Sharpening demand management project with participation from the vendor, procurement, engineering and production.
    Procurian (Accenture)King of Prussia, PA
    Savings Lead
    2006-2007
    • Led the savings pipeline development and sourcing process management for 7 accounts in the Oil & Gas, Industrial Packaging, Industrial Manufacturing, Food/ Beverage, Consumer Products and Aerospace industries.
    • Led category managers through annual category planning process.
    • Developed internal bench-marking product that lead to 50MM in indirect spend budget reductions at 1 industrial packaging client.
    • Developed the spend, savings & compliance reports that became the company standards.
    • Developed tools kit for sourcing leads' and category managers' use to calculate savings.
    Procurian (Accenture)King of Prussia, PA
    Program Management Associate
    2005-2006
    • Led ARIBA buyer training at 12 industrial manufacturing facilities for our largest client.
    • Led all supplier implementations at 12 facilities across the US.
    • Saved $3.5 MM on a $7 MM contingent labor contract for a discrete manufacturing facility through mark-up reduction, improved productivity and transfer of risk.
    • Led sourcing and implementation at midsize 2 accounts.
    KTM North AmericaAmherst, OH
    Director of Logistics / Director of Strategic IT
    2003-2004
    KTM Sportmotorcycles has a deeply rooted motorsport tradition, building race-ready motorcycles for competitive and recreational riding. More than 130 world championship titles, victories at Dakar and countless national championships are proof of the company’s great technical expertise. (www.ktm.com)
    • Led integration of Canadian, repair parts & merchandise logistics to >400 dealerships from US warehouses.
    • Saved more than 30% on existing US small parcel and brokerage contracts.
    • Reduced warehouse small parts inventory by a 33% while increasing order fill rate from 85 to 95%.
    • Developed sea freight container tracking system that provides visibility of product mix and quantities for improved sales and warehouse and national demand management.
    • Managed the dealer allocation process based on production restraints.
    AccentureColumbus, OH
    Solutions Delivery Consultant
    2000-2002
    Accenture is a global professional services company combining experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries. They offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services. (www.accenture.com)
    American Express Financial AdvisorsColumbus, OH
    Financial Advisor Coach
    1999-2000
    Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is a diversified financial services company and bank holding company It provides financial planning products and services, including wealth management, asset management, insurance, annuities, and estate planning. (www.ameriprise.com)
    Education
    Master of Business Administration
    The Ohio State University, Fisher College of BusinessColumbus, OH
    2004
    • Weidler Scholar
    • Major in Operations & Logistics Management
    • Major in Consulting
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    Ohio UniversityAthens, OH
    1999
    • Major in Finance
    • Major in Marketing
    • Major in International Business
    Past Licensing
    • National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 6 (expired)
    • National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 7 (expired)
    • National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 63 (expired)
    • Ohio Life, Health and Variable Annuities License (expired)
    • Ohio Real Estate License (eligible)