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     Date Submitted:30-03-2014
     Last Modified:31-03-2014 (09:37)
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     Current job:Arcata NSSC Program Site Manager (NASA)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Business Services
     KeywordsProgram Management Procurement Grants and Cooperative Agreements Contracting Finance Human Resources IT Enterprise License Management


    Procurement Supervisor/Arcata Site Manager – Arcata Associates, Inc., NASA Stennis Space Center, MS

    2008 - present

         Responsible for supervising the NASA Shared Service Contract (NSSC) Procurement Team of sixty Contract Specialist that are responsible for all of the NASA Center’s Procurements (SBIR, Grants, Cooperative Agreements, Training Purchases,  and Agency Contracting Activities).  Interfaces and presents regularly to the Director and NASA Procurement Officer.  Coordinates employee recruitment, training and work assignments.  Oversees a team of five Procurement Team Leads.  Conducts meetings and interacts with NASA Contracting Officers on a daily basis.  Responsible for assuring all Contract deliverables are accurate, complete and delivered on time. Currently manages over 8,000 Procurement actions per year for a portfolio nearing $8 billion.  As Arcata Site Manager, oversee service delivery of a thirty-six person workforce on the NSSC Contract for Enterprise License Management, Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, IT, and Enterprise Service Desk. 

    Enterprise Impacts:

    •             Kept excellent working relationship with NASA NSSC Leadership.  Supported Prime Contractor for NSSC Contract to achieve excellent Award Fee Evaluations.  Evaluated the Procurement Division and implemented several new initiatives based on findings to improve customer service delivery for NASA scientific and technical community.  Implemented new Procurement training program and Work Instructions along with establishing a daily communication process.  Developed value-added processes to make the Procurement Division more efficient and to revitalize the employee morale.

    •             Recognized for unparalleled customer service.  In 2008, Arcata awarded the NSSC Small Business Subcontractor of Year Award. 

    Logistics Manager – ATT, Baton Rouge, LA

    2004 – 2008

    Responsible for all aspects of managing a team of Financial Analysts, Buyers, and Logistics personnel, overseeing numerous contracts for ATT wire and wireless infrastructure.   Oversaw financial analysis, budget planning and financial forecasting.  Responsible for contractual compliance, cost management, estimating, and proposal support.  Reviewed and presented monthly financials to ATT Baton Rouge and Corporate senior management.  Coordinated employee recruitment, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition.  Interfaced regularly with ATT Bargaining Union leadership to maintain contract compliance.  Oversaw the preparation and submittal of corporate financial reporting:

    -              Logistics Operations

    -              Budget Analysis and Forecasting

    -              Purchasing, Invoicing, and Funding Analysis

    Enterprise Impacts:

    •             Successfully managed supply chain that enabled ATT’s Baton Rouge Center’s ability to accurately capture and report its financials related to purchasing, warehousing, transportation, and equipment repair had been strained prior to my arrival.  I was able to develop needed operational improvements and reporting that improved cost containment and vendor relationships.

    •             Successfully maintained positive relationship with Bargaining Union that enabled ATT to prevent work stoppages and minimize grievance filings.

    Director, Rates, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs – Atmos Energy

    1988 to 2004

    Held a varied of positions of increasing responsibility over the course of an almost 17-year career mostly with Citizens Communications and Louisiana General Services (successors to Atmos Energy).  Work experience there provided the opportunity to have a diverse and extensive proficiency in the understanding of regulatory policy and rulemaking, utility ratemaking, utility accounting, administrative cost allocation models, financial and tax impacts for regulated utilities, change management, economic and financial feasibility and information systems.  Successfully led regulatory outcomes before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as before regulatory bodies in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas.


    Enterprise Impacts:

    •             Served on industry committees to develop national rate and regulatory policy for natural gas restructuring.

    •             Successfully built and maintained excellent working relations with Local, State and Federal regulators and legislators.

    •             Implemented a streamlined process for procuring midrange and low dollar procurements which resulted in reducing procurement cycle times and providing vendors with streamlined RFQ/Bid packages allowing for increased competition and reduced paper work for vendors.

    •             Fostered the implementation of using outside resources to create a “first of kind” supply asset management program leveraging multiple vendor and customer assets that reduced supply cost and increase revenue opportunities.


    University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 1998

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) with Strategic Healthcare minor

    University of New Orleans, LA 1982

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major Management, minor Economics

    Jesuit High School, New Orleans, LA 1978

    College Prep Diploma


    •             Federal Track Grants Management Certification

    •             Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt

    •             Completed fourteen (14) NASA-sponsored courses including 1102 Certification courses

    •             Advanced knowledge of SAP, Remedy, Adobe, and Microsoft Software

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