Date: Feb 23, 2024

Location: JACKSON, Tennessee, US, 38305

Company: Gerdau

Buyer I- Jackson, TN

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. 


We Offer:

  • Competitive compensation with annual Bonus. 
  • 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 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Career Path System and Training 
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


Your Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business administration, Engineering, Economics, or related field
  • A minimum of two years of general buying for  MRO and services 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. 


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 supply and demand goals.


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.


If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act / Accessible Canada Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Gerdau, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at (866)-788-2798 or

Nearest Major Market: Jackson
Nearest Secondary Market: Memphis