Kerlyn M.

Project Manager

830 dollar
21 years
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES

My experience


A.C MOORE ARTS & CRAFTJuly 2017 - Present

Managed Packaging & Product Development projects for assigned categories.
• Created product briefs for new packaging development projects.
• Managed workflow for packaging design team.
• Provided Creative direction on all new brands.
• Sourcing suppliers for new product development projects.
• Responsible for RFI, RFQ, Contract negotiating and cost analysis
• Worked directly with vendors and manufacturers on all private label packaging design
• Implemented more streamlined project management processes to increase productivity
• Implemented new internal Project management tool.

A.C MOORE ARTS & CRAFT, BerlinApril 2019 - Present

Scope: Manage all Product & Packaging development across all categories.

• Conducting market research (primary data) through retail store visits and tradeshow

attendance to understand the current market trends and competitor activities.

• Analyzing consumer needs, market trends, and competitive landscape to develop product

strategies for new product development.

• Analyzing WGSN trend reports and creating work briefs for product development.

• Identifying key product concept, finalizing product details, packaging & display type.

• Evaluating and guaranteeing technical, cost, timing, quality and feasibility of a brief.

• Sourcing suppliers for new product development projects.

• Responsible for RFI, RFQ, Contract negotiating and cost analysis.

• Manage Project Management team by leading, coaching, mentoring, developing and training

• Establishing and maintaining vendor/client relationships globally.

• Providing Creative direction to Graphic Design team based on Buyer requests for new


• Creating and executing launch timelines, tracking and communicating project progress.

• Collaborating cross functionally with key partners and stakeholders from product

development designers, packaging designers to logistics, compliance and suppliers. 


IKEAJanuary 2011 - January 2017

Led six concurrent sourcing projects in Americas region across multiple categories. Granted new business & innovation projects & a purchasing volume of $25M+
* Conducted Global Market analysis on new business & innovation projects and macro analysis for all projects in all countries.
* Secured raw materials and four upholstery manufacturing facilities for product development in North America by following the Strategic sourcing process and lowering costs up to 20% while improving service.
* Responsible for RFI, RFQ, Contract negotiating, cost analysis and supplier development.
* Led multifunctional teams including research & development at suppliers, quality, production engineers, safety compliance and sustainability.
* Developed suppliers to meet product design, development, quality and cost by maintaining strong relationships and sharing process know-how and support, within 8 months in the role.
* Ensured each manufacturer was OSHA or local legislation compliant by conducting compliance reviews prior to contract signing. Enforced a safe working environment on production floor.
* Initiated and implemented financial due diligence process and review for all potential new suppliers.
* Assigned as main Project Lead for all Spanish speaking countries in Americas.

Retail Logistics Specialist, Conshohocken, PA

Analyzed and translated the impact of supply chain trends on the development and execution of sales plans and customer engagement in the areas of integrated planning, logistics and fulfillment for 42 stores in U.S.
* Implemented Campaign strategy and delivered annual IKEA catalog drop campaign, Soft Toy campaign and Brighter Lives for Refugee's campaign by securing accurate forecasting and supply availability at all locations.
* Led competence and development agenda for all U.S. stores, including mentoring of three participants of the Logistics accelerated development program to support & prepare for promotion.
* Responsible for creation and implementation of store logistics processes and standard operating procedures.

* Selected as an ambassador for IKEA Women's Open network agenda to represent the U.S. as
a successful female leader in Logistics within the first year.

MACY'SJanuary 2000 - January 2014

Implemented and drove shortage & safety action plans and exceeded shortage goals for 3 years in a row in a $140M store.
* Initiated and closed 200+ internal theft investigations leading up to $500k in financial loss recoveries.

* Managed staff and managers ranging from 20-40 people.

* Assigned as District trainer of Safety & loss prevention processes for 20 locations.

Regional Investigations Manager

Ensured internal theft program was executed at 22 locations. Initiated and closed 200+ internal investigations and recovered significant financial losses. Trained and developed new Investigators and managers.

My stack


Project Management, Purchasing, Market research, Spanish, Logistics


product design, project lead, Market analysis, New Business Development, R&D, Due Diligence, Managerial Skills > Staff Management, English, Retail Stores, Cost Analysis, New Product Development, PMP Certification Training, Loss Prevention, Supplier Sourcing, Manage Project Management team, Strategic Sourcing, Upholstery, Packaging Design, Own Label, Standard Operating Procedure, Product Development, Integrated Planning

My education and trainings

- Licenses & Certifications

BAS Criminology - John Jay College of Criminal Justice2004 - 2004

Certificate Interview & Interrogations - Wicklander, Zulawski & Associates2002 - 2002