Direct Buyer

Date: Jun 8, 2024

Location: CARTERSVILLE, Georgia, US, 30121

Company: Gerdau

Direct Buyer - Cartersville, GA

Are you self-driven and intuitive? Do you like assessing data and forecasting? Are you a confident negotiator? Join us in our cultural and digital transformation to build the future and the Gerdau We Are Creating


We Have: 

  • A strong global presence with mills that transform millions of metric tons of raw material to produce steel beams, flat-rolled steel, merchant bar, rebar, spikes, and wire used by the automotive, appliance, construction, machinery, and equipment industries.    
  • A thriving culture that embraces diversity, encourages innovation, and creates products that serve humanity.  
  • An environment that values teamwork, safety, and sustainability. 
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and the belief that we can create a better future for our employees and our global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. 


We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans on your 1st day of work!
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Bi-weekly bonuses
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6%
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Health Advocate Services
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Career Path System and Training
  • Opportunity to grow and create


You Have:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics, or related field
  • A minimum of three years of direct procurement experience is required with electrical and automation categories preferred.
  • Proficient with SAP and MS Excel. 
  • General knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics and procurement procedures and techniques preferred
  • Must be a self-starter, possess strong skills in communications, math and problem-solving skills, and be able to function effectively independently and as a member of a cross-functional team.
  • Ability to manage activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, maintenance, stores, and accounting personnel in efforts to meet supply and demand goals.
  • High ethical standards and a strong work ethic 
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time


Your Purpose:


The primary function of this position is the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services to support Gerdau’s production plans in the designated region and commodity/category.  These activities include but are not limited to;  supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of national, regional, and/or local supplier agreements to include team-based bid processes, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management.  Incumbent must stay abreast of current company practices and procedures.


Your Work:


  • Procure goods and services, prepare purchase orders and/or supply contracts within established policies and procedures, verify purchase order details, and document vendor performance.
  • Monitor inventory levels of supplies, review min/max levels, assess vendor capabilities and past performance, recommend adjustments, and collect supplier performance data. 
  • Keep the procurement team, plant personnel, and central management abreast of changing market and supplier conditions.
  • Inspect, address, and rectify product quality issues as they arise.  
  • Communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance to vendors/suppliers, shippers, and inspection personnel.
  • Assist in resolving procurement issues with vendors/suppliers and Gerdau departments.  The incumbent will coordinate the resolution of problems or issues with appropriate administrative and accounting personnel.
  • Provide information to central management, regional management, plant management, and internal customers to control costs and identify savings opportunities in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Review the status of shipment orders and make expediting adjustments, as needed, to ensure timely receipt of goods purchased and proper order application.
  • Resolve discrepancies primarily pertaining to specifications, weight settlement, order requirements, other clarifications and disputes with vendors/suppliers and mill personnel.  Issues must be resolved professionally to maintain sound and effective relationships.
  • Stay proficient in procurement systems, company information systems, and other applicable business applications.
  • Implement the standardization and continual improvement of the procurement process and the attainment of other identified procurement Key Performance Indicators within the Gerdau Business System guidelines.


Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment. It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status. 


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