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Senior Buyer

Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Fort Smith, AR, US, 72916

Company: Gerdau

About Us

At Gerdau, it's all about the people. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity. We value teamwork, safety, and sustainability. We are committed to continuous improvement and believe we can create a better future for our employees and our Global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. We offer Global opportunities, competitive benefits, flexible work schedules, opportunities for career development and more. Join us in our cultural & digital transformation, and helps us build the future at the Gerdau We Are Creating.


Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a metal processing facility in Huntington, Indiana.


With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America and Brazil, the Gerdau Special Steel group is one of the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.






The primary responsibility for a Buyer is the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services to support production plans throughout a procurement region, per designated commodities/categories.  These activities include, but are not limited to the negotiations, maintenance, and execution of national, regional and/or local supplier agreements, as well as, facilitating team-based supplier selection and overall contract management. The incumbent will participate with applicable central commodity teams to develop effective procurement strategies to minimize total costs of category acquisitions then execute approved plans. 





This position is responsible for purchasing goods and services in a timely, economical, and efficient manner.   The Buyer oversees all purchasing activities, maintenance, and execution of the procurement process to meet commercial, operating, and cost requirements.  The incumbent will participate in the development of tactical plans for procurement, establishing and maintaining effective relations with the supplier base, and the active execution and implementation of national, regional, and local supply contracts.


The incumbent should possess extensive knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics, procurement procedures, and the ability to analyze technical drawings. A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics or related field and a minimum of five years of direct experience generating and implementing contracts, as well as, managing purchase orders, documenting negotiations, communications and accounting, taxes, and legal implications is required. Professional certification in procurement or supply chain management is preferred. 


The incumbent must be a self-starter and possess strong skills in negotiations, communications, math, analysis, and problem-solving.  The incumbent must be able to function independently and as a member of a cross-functional team.  High ethical standards, leadership, and a strong work ethic are also key attributes.  This position requires extensive knowledge of Quality Management Methodologies. 


The position will require travel to complete job duties and maintain effective relationships with vendors, mill personnel, and industry organizations; approximately 10-20%.




  • Maintain current and thorough knowledge of appropriate local markets and competitive practices as well as procurement systems, company information systems and other business applications.


  • Conduct scheduling analysis to determine supply/demand conditions for the needs of the mills supplied.  Adjusts quantities and expedites delivery schedules for purchases in accordance with monthly buying plans.


  • Act as a liaison with the supplier community in order to establish and maintain market relationships.


  • Monitor and maintain continuity of supply and on-time delivery as well as physical, safety-related, and environmental aspects of materials purchased. Settle procurement discrepancies within management guidelines to maintain standards and ongoing supply chain activities.


  • Collaborate with the procurement team to develop purchasing processes and to determine the best available costs, quality, reliability, continuity, and delivery relative to the total cost of ownership. 


  • Execute purchase contracts in accordance with company policy and guidelines, verify purchase order details, and assure vendor performance. Review and assess vendor capabilities and past performance.


  • Gather data, then report activities and regional results to central management, regional management, plant management, and internal customers to help control costs and identify savings opportunities.  Occasional presentations will be made to management teams.


  • Contribute to the reduction of inventory throughout the region by working with suppliers to monitor, regulate, and liquidate materials. Take corrective actions, when necessary, to support changing conditions in mill demand, supply chain dynamics, etc. Periodic evaluations of Inventory Min/Max levels. 


  • Assist in the development and achievement of process goals, Annual Action Plans, and the administration of established policies, procedures, and processes.


  • Serve as a project lead on assignments across the Mills within designated commodity/category.


  • Coordinates with the Central Procurement Team to manage the supply of production and non-production materials and working capital to optimize inventories while researching alternative sources of supply.


  • Monitor the actual vs. planned usage of all production and non-production materials assigned to meet inventory targets and maintain consistent supply. 


  • Manage supply agreements between Central and Region keeping the agreements updated as to pricing, demand, balance and monitor Gerdau and Supplier performance to said agreements in order to ensure the continuity of supply and the commercial relationship.


  • Train and communicate specifications, commercial terms and conditions, and safety & environmental compliance requirements to shippers and plant personnel.


  • Facilitate sessions to communicate procurement improvement methodologies, tools, policies, practices, and processes to regional procurement teams.


  • Support the Regional Procurement Manager with daily executions of procurement activities, including but not limited to guiding and coaching team members in the areas of purchase order execution, expediting, supplier development, and non-conformance treatment.


  • Implement the standardization and continual improvement of the procurement process and the attainment of other identified procurement Key Performance Indicators within the Gerdau Business Systems guidelines.


  • Manage the acquisition of CapEx equipment and ensure services are carried out according to technical specifications and meeting internal customer needs. Additional CapEx duties may include the management of milestone payments; monitoring of obligations of both the supplier and Gerdau, monitoring and expediting of manufacturing and construction timelines. The incumbent must have a working knowledge of foreign trade and INCO Terms as well as contractual terms and conditions related to the purchase of equipment and construction services.


Application Process


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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Salary and Benefits

•    Medical and Prescription
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
•    401(k)
•    Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
•    Health Advocate Services
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Tuition Reimbursement Program

Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith