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Resume: Franklin Lawson

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Professional Senior Buyer I am a self-motivated individual with strong interpersonal skills geared towards working as a part of a team in order to achieve stated goals. As an individual, I have confidence in my leadership and interpersonal skills. My ability to produce innovative and concepts of management, and meet deadlines, together with my attention to detail, have contributed to my successes in Procurement. I am an effective organizer and planner. My outgoing and friendly nature allows me to interact well with other staff members at all levels and I am able to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical persons. I am diligent, very expeditious, good listener with communication and organizational skills. My professional qualification and current/past job experiences in the Procurement environment, that I have gained in planning, developing and managing contracts and all procurement aspects of various projects, will enable me to fulfill the advertised job function efficiently and effectively and I am positive that upon review of my resume, you will feel the same. In addition, I have in my period of employment proven my ability to work with both professional and non-professionals at all levels and also a good starter, a fast learner, and oblige supervisor’s instructions to learn new systems and procedures aimed at improving my performance quickly, effectively and accurately.
Last Resume Update August 9, 2012
Address 3355 Sweetwater Rd, Apt 8003, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Degree Masters Degree
Experience 5+ to 7 Years
Category Procurement
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Cobb County School District Feb 2010 - Present
Procurement Department 40hrs per week
6975 Cobb International Blvd
Kennesaw, GA 30152.
Senior Buyer/Contract Specialist

•Solicitations to procure Technology, Finance and Human Resources, Transportation, Food Nutrition related goods and services assigned within applicable laws, rules, regulations and policy of Cobb County School District, the State of Georgia and the Federal government.
•Plan, develop and manage all procurement and contractual aspect of projects.
•Advise and assist departments and schools in the development of specifications and planning for purchases.
•Prepare/oversee and distribution of (Request for Quote, Invitation to Bid, and Request for Proposal) and manage and conduct all aspect of bid or proposal evaluations.
•Conduct Pre-Bid /Pre- Award conferences and meetings.
•Employ various techniques including price and cost analysis, market research analysis, evaluation of technical capability, evaluation of business stability, negotiation with vendors to determine appropriate contract award recommendation based upon solicitation requirements.
•Oversee adherence to contractual agreement, recommends amendments and extension of contracts and advise concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations.
•Protect the customer interest if the terms, conditions or quality standards of the contract are not followed by the successful vendor.
•Maintain contact with vendors to both identify prospective vendors and encourage their participation in the CCSD's procurement process.
•Review and approve or reject purchase orders over $1000 for compliance with District Purchasing Regulations.
•Prepare a variety of procurement- related documents guidelines, instructions, etc.
•Assist in training to new bookkeepers, school administration and other CCSD school/department staff on Procurement policies, procedures and financial system.
• Obtain statistical information reports from the financial System.
•Perform other related duties as may be required.

• Currently, achieving $500K/year savings in competitive bidding and post bid negotiations for different services/contracts.
•Source products nationally.
•Developing experience in a variety of purchasing activities.

Georgia Department of Education Nov 2006 – Feb 2010.
1952 Twin Towers East 40hrs per week
205 Jesse Hill Jr Drive
Atlanta, GA 30334.
Program Operations Coordinator.

•Performed a variety of administrative and technical responsibilities.
•Property Custodian and Primary Contact on all asset issues which includes responsibility for all additions, transfers, surplus and disposals of items and property assigned to individuals.
•Coordinating GaDOE procurement and inventory of hardware, software, goods and services.
•Trainer for PeopleSoft Application to staff within the agency.
•Developed and managed the hardware and software inventory database to meet state audit requirements.
•Conducted technical research to ensure purchases was cost effective and meets the business needs.
•Solicitation of informal and formal bids and quotations on purchase of routine supplies, materials, services and equipments.
•Processed returns goods and equipments when necessary.
•Resolved outstanding purchase orders efficiently.
•Conducted purchase orders and requisitions to ensure that this was in compliance with contracts and group purchasing formularies.
•Coordinated GaDOE licensure contracts and agreements from initiating, monitoring and processing which includes pre and post award contracts and take appropriate actions to ensure satisfactory contract process. These include sole source and sole brand goods and services.
•Processing purchasing requests for IT and non IT products and services to include Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Invitation to Bid (IFB) to Notice of awards and Payment.
•Reconciled Purchasing Card purchases in Works Payment.
•Analysed and tracked Purchase Card expenditures and provided assistance to Purchase Card users.
•Assisted the Director in the budget process which includes operating budget preparation and maintenance.
•Conducted studies of past purchases and project estimates of future requirements.
•Reviewed, evaluated and approved request for system and non-system purchases prior to procurement.
•Processed requests for work order and equipment repairs.
•Coordinated moves and changes in department.
•Involved in various special projects.

•Negotiated reduced prices with vendors.
•Developed and improved purchasing programs to meet the agency's objectives.

Judicial Council of Georgia June 2005 –Nov 2006.
Administrative Office of the Courts 37.5hrs per week
244 Washington Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30334.
Technology Specialist.

•Identified and resolved problems in the Windows 2000 / XP environment for customers.
•Desktop /Remote Support for 100 + clients in Windows 2000/XP environment.
•Provided PC support for various Microsoft and other desktop environment.
•Upgraded software for PC and laptops.
•Utilized Active Directory for security administration for new accounts and account maintenance.
•Utilized Heat Call Tracking System for call documentation and service distribution
•Liaised with various IT vendors for purchases and issues that may arise.
•Involved in client moves and application rollouts.
• Installed and maintained software and document use and activities of systems to appropriate personnel.
•Fsecure (Antivirus) administration.

•Directed and advised others on highly complex and sensitive projects
•Established good working relationships with customers/clients.
•Identified and utilized variety of learning materials, resources and technology methods such as: Internet-learning, team learning to support & improve the technology environment.

Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd. (Europe) October 1999 – Apr 2005.
One Cabot Square, London UK 35 hrs per week
11, Madison Avenue, New York 10010.
Technical Specialist /Team Leader.
•Supervised six support analysts within the team.
•Identified and resolved problems in the NT environment for domestic and international customers.
•Utilized Management Console (SMS) and Altiris Console (Carbon Copy) as primary tool to resolve client problems remotely both Domestic (New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Houston, Chicago, Boston etc.) and International (UK, Asia Pacific, Hong Kong, etc).
•Desktop /Remote Support for 1500 + clients in Windows NT/2000/XP environment.
•Provided PC support for various Microsoft, Investment banking and other desktop environment.
•Updated the CSFB website.
•Rebuilt laptops, configuration and setup for mobile clients via citrix and Remax.
•Upgraded software for PC and laptops.
•Maintained the Software library database.
•Utilized Enterprise Administrator for security administration for new accounts and account maintenance.
•Utilized Remedy Call Tracking System for call documentation and service distribution.
•Involved in client moves, changes and application rollouts.
•Produced daily stats and reports for management issues.
• Involved in various project work and other duties assigned.

•Established good working relationships with customers/clients
•Developed the troubleshooting procedure for support personnel with strong attention to detail.
•Improved support service level by 20%.
•Improved customer service satisfaction by 5%.


Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, USA
2010 - 2011
Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

London Guildhall University, London, UK
1995- 1997
B.S.C (Hons) Computing and Information Systems.