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Larissa Vinals

Larissa Vinals

Purchasing Manager
Edmonton, Alberta


About Larissa Vinals:

My background includes managing the purchasing department at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. My duties include overseeing the shipping and receiving department, accounts receivables, accounts payable and daily ordering of all departmental needs within the hotel. I have a proven ability to maintain supplier relationships, multitask, execute daily ordering with precise organization, supervise the store clerks, staff scheduling and accurately manage the hotel’s inventory.

Previously, my employment track record has always been in hospitality. I was a bartender for 10 years in various locations ranging from dive bars to fine dining. I love working with people and being a part of their best experiences. I also coach and do personal training part time which helps me stay grounded and active within my community. I am always open to learning new skills, meeting new people discovering new passions. 


Fairmont Hotel Macdonald — Purchasing Manager

February 2023- Present (Edmonton, AB)   


  • Manage all goods received through Shipping and Receiving department coordinating with suppliers to ensure timely and accurate deliveries
  • Manage store clerks and schedules while delegating daily tasks 
  • Coordinate routine inventory counts weekly 
  • Perform day to day Procure to Pay activities for all goods and operational needs
  • Complete purchase orders and act as final approver of all purchase orders and requisitions 
  • Hotel Champion of Birchstreet- responsible for creating vendors via accounts payable, creating order guides of all suppliers and order sheets for internal store requisitions 
  • Process all invoices and purchase orders via Birchstreet system accounts receivable and finalize payments through accounts payable 
  • Maintain and manage inventory within internal storerooms 
  • Initiate and process claims against vendors 
  • Identify and utilize slow moving items while adjusting min/max     par accordingly
  • Close end of month inventory numbers, consumption records and monetary transfers between departments coordinating with accounting department and Director of Finance 
  • Complete monthly accrual reports 
  • Fulfill and monitor all daily requisitions of all departments 
  • Implement and train heads of departments on utilizing Birchstreet Inventory Systems to improve accuracy and cost of daily goods  


Fairmont Hotel Macdonald  — Mixologist/ Harvest Room Server

August 2o21 - February 2023 (Edmonton, AB)


  • Craft luxury cocktails in a timely manner and maintain cleanliness of bar
  • Provide high quality service for fine dining breakfast, royal high tea and dinner 
  • Coordinate with chefs, management team and other mixologists to provide high class experiences for guests                       

The Toucan and Kirkpatrick’s — Lead Bartender

July 2020 - July 2021 (Kingston, ON)


  • Provide quick and efficient service in busy downtown pub
  • Coordinate service with other staff, security and kitchen 
  • Manage monthly inventory counts of liquor, wine and beer and order on a weekly basis
  • Ensure proper Covid-19 safety protocol with each guest


The Courtyard Restaurant – Events Bartender/ Server

March 2019 - March 2020 (Ottawa, ON) 


  • Deliver quality fine dining service in large, historic venue 
  • Acquainted with wedding services, large events, exclusive conference dinners, etc. 
  • Work with small staff rotating bar service, à la carte, banquet serving
  • Trained with Silverware POS system 
  • Be well informed with extensive and rotating wine list, pairings and upselling product 


The Aulde Dubliner and Pourhouse —  Server/ Bartender/ Shift Leader 

March 2019- March 2020  (Ottawa, ON)


  • Pub- style service in busy tourist area in the Byward market 
  • Trained with Maître’D POS system 
  • Lead team and delegate daily duties, reduce staff according to business volume 
  • Responsible for maintaining cash register, balancing and paying out supporting staff
  • Work with management to manage inventory levels, identify and sell slow moving items and order accordingly
  • Be well informed and confident with details of craft beer and extensive beer and whiskey/scotch list 
  • Maintain corporate style standards in table service
  • Excelled in upselling, quickly promoted to shift lead and bar floor 


The Farmhouse Restaurant —  Server/ Bartender/ Event Assistant 

November 2015 - April 2019 (Barrie, ON)


  • Cater and organize large groups including weddings, corporate parties and other large events on and off-site
  • Main wedding bartender 
  • Monthly inventory count, identify and sell slow moving items quickly 
  • Balancing cash register and pay out supporting staff
  • Assist management with liquor, wine and beer ordering according to business levels 
  • Train new staff on hosting, serving, upselling and bar service


Made in Mexico Restaurant and Cantina —  Server/ Bartender 

April 2014 - April 2016 (Barrie, ON)


  • Ensure proper table and bar service while maintaining a fun, party atmosphere
  • Expeditor duties including prepping salad station and dessert bar 
  • Maintaining efficient chit times for service bar 
  • Trained on Squirrel POS


Bachelors Degree - Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science & Sociology) - 2016 

SMT Diploma - University of Alberta - 2022 (ongoing) 

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