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MRO Buyer

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, US, 72916

Company: Gerdau

This position is open for domestic candidates only.



The primary function of this position is the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services to support Gerdau’s production plans at the Fort Smith mill.  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.  Incumbents must stay abreast of current company practices and procedures.



Within an assigned procurement region, this position is responsible for managing and defining the procurement process of necessary goods and services in a timely, economical, and efficient manner in order to meet mill manufacturing goals. 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. The Buyer will coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, maintenance, stores, and accounting personnel in efforts to meet particular supply and demand goals.

The incumbent should possess general knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics, and procurement procedures and techniques. A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics, or a related field is preferred and a minimum of three years of direct procurement experience is required.

The incumbent 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.  High ethical standards and a strong work ethic are key attributes. The incumbent will support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical, and productive relationships with suppliers. 



  • 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 shipments/backorders 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.
  • Assist in Routine Cycle Counting of Inventories.
  • Assist in Quoting / Sourcing of Inventories with multiple suppliers, organizing and reviewing the cost of goods, availability, and specifications with department management.



$56000 - $84000 / year


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.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.


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Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith