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MRO Buyer

Date: Apr 1, 2021

Location: Cartersville, GA, US, 30121

Company: Gerdau

Empowering people who build the future.

Maintenance, Repairs, Operations Buyer

Are you self-driven and intuitive? Do you enjoy analyzing 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 mini-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 industry, appliance, construction, machinery, and equipment industries.    

  • A culture that welcomes 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. 


You Have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics, or related field
  • A minimum of three years of indirect and MRO procurement experience is required
  • General knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics, and procurement procedures and techniques
  • Must be a self-starter, possess strong communication, math, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to function effectively independently and as a member of a cross-functional team
  • High ethical standards and a strong work ethic 
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time. 


Your Purpose:

You will be responsible for the timely and cost-effective procurement mainly of internal and external 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.  Goals are met by implementing and maintaining effective relationships with current Commodity/Category suppliers as well as developing new supply sources within their designated area. 



Annual Purchases:                                 $10 - $50 million per year

Locations Supported:                             All Mill and Metallics/Raw Materials locations within the region

Commodity/Category Assignments:       1 commodity/category for assigned region


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.
  • Communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance to vendors/suppliers, shippers, and inspection personnel. 
  • Support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical, and productive relationships with suppliers. 
  • Assist in resolving procurement issues with vendors/suppliers and Gerdau departments.  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 quality, 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.
  • Coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, maintenance, stores, and accounting personnel in efforts to meet particular supply and demand goals.


Your Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation with annual STI Bonuses. 
  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans – Eligible upon 1st day of hire 
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account) 
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6% 
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance 
  • Bonuses 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


Nearest Major Market: Atlanta