Faces of SSP: Meet Irena Shein, Procurement Specialist
Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) is pleased to announce that Irena Shein has joined our fast-growing company as a procurement specialist. Irena is responsible for all purchasing activities at SSP, including vendor relationships, vendor setups, and price negotiations. SSP’s customers probably won’t interact with Irena, but her relationships with vendors and suppliers are supporting our commitment to developing innovative products for industrial and laboratory applications.
Irena reports directly to Paul DiCaprio, SSP’s president, and works closely with every department – especially production. She likes what she describes as the “family environment” at SSP and says that “everyone works as a team”. The shared vision that team members have for the company is “very apparent,” Irena adds. Machine operators, managers, and all of the dedicated people in the SSP family work together to “grow the business”, she says.
Before joining SSP, Irena spent 20 years in the high-end jewelry business working for companies like Cartier, Tiffany, and Bvlgari in New York City. During the seven years she worked for Bvlgari, Irena traveled globally and helped open stores in Europe, the United States, and U.S. territories. Irena also participated in industry trade shows for jewelry and watches in Basel, Switzerland. When she moved to Upstate New York in 2011, she changed industries and entered a new stage of her career.
In 2017, Irena became a buyer consultant at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading biotech firm. She was responsible for over $16 million in purchasing and supported engineering, manufacturing, automation, and process technicians. At Regeneron, Irena worked closely with every department to ensure that the company had all of the parts needed for bioreactors, large-scale chromatography skids, AxiCroms chromatography columns, ÄKTAprocess liquid chromatography systems, and HEPA hoods for cleanrooms.
As a procurement specialist for SSP, Irena’s efforts are supporting the production of laboratory and industrial products that must meet the highest standards for quality and performance. Although she no longer works in the jewelry industry, Irena started a very successful Facebook Group, Sample Sale NYC, that has grown to nearly 10,000 followers since its inception in 2013. SSP welcomes Irena Shein to our Ballston Spa, New York company and looks forwards to her contributions to our team.