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Scrap Metal Buyer

Date Posted: May 25, 2019

Location: Midlothian, TX, US

Company: Gerdau

This position is part of a new program at Gerdau called GMAKERS. The GMakers group will be comprised of 30 employees in North America and the program is taught by Hyper Island.  It’s is a ground breaking nine-month program, where GMAKERS will solve one or more business challenges given to them by the North American executive committee. GMAKERS will participate in online training and three total face-to-face master classes, in which they will learn Agile methodology, rapid ideation, human tools, collaboration, self-leadership, intrapreneurship, learning from failure, lean start up methodology, and innovation. GMAKERS will collaborate in person and remotely and at the end of the nine months, GMAKERS will present their project results.




The position is primarily responsible in assisting with the procurement of scrap appropriate for steelmaking. Under the immediate direction of the Regional Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for executing the approved plan to accomplish the objective of minimizing overall cost while maximizing return for the operations.




This position is primarily responsible for assisting with the procurement of scrap and scale operations.  This position will be responsible for active solicitation of new supply sources, within assigned region in an economical and efficient manner.  The supplier base will include established accounts, demolition contractors, auto wreckers, and other generators of scrap metal.


This position reports directly to the Regional Manager.  The incumbent will coordinate activities with other personnel, Transportation, scrap inspection and accounting personnel.


Qualifications for this position include an Associate’s Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline. In addition, knowledge of sources and grades of raw materials, along with some knowledge of purchasing, transportation issues and/or scrap yard operations an asset.


The incumbent must be a self-starter with the ability to initiate business and must possess strong negotiating, communication, interpersonal, math and problem-solving skills.  Candidate must function effectively both 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.  The successful candidate will complete job duties and maintain an effective network of vendors, mill personnel, and industry organizations. 


The incumbent’s primary responsibility is the cost-effective procurement of scrap. As a secondary function, the incumbent will also be responsible for scale operations at the location. This may include such activities as weighing trucks, coordinating supplier loads, invoicing vendors and any subsequent administrative duties.


The Incumbent must stay abreast of current market trends and be aware of regional scrap markets and competitive situations/practices. Requires utilizing a network of sources to understand market activity and determine the needs of the mill/s supplied.  The incumbent will procure scrap based on the specific terms of purchase contracts within established policies and procedures, reviews and/or approves the incoming invoices and document vendor performance. This position also serves as a liaison between Yard personnel and scrap suppliers.  This position will provide commercial information used in analyzing inventory requirements


As required, the incumbent will inspect and address scrap quality issues that arise at the Yard site. May be required to educate and communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance requirements to vendors, shippers, and inspection personnel.


Incumbent must be knowledgeable in the computer systems and procedures used to receive, handle and pay for scrap throughout the Company and assist in resolving any problems that may arise with vendors. The incumbent must actively coordinate any such issues with appropriate administrative and accounting personnel. 






  • Solicitation of new supply sources for scrap in the local regional market.
  • Primarily responsible for assisting with the procurement of scrap metals.
  • Scale operations as a secondary function including weighing trucks, invoicing vendors, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining effective business relationships with current supplier base and seek out new sources of scrap that will assist in meeting procurement objectives within established policies and procedures.
  • Support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical and productive relationships with suppliers.
  • Stay abreast of current market trends and competitive situations/practices in order to meet the needs of Operations.
  • Provide information to management and Transportation to help develop cost avoidance and savings opportunities in the purchase, transportation and processing of scrap.
  • Review scrap order shipment status weekly and make necessary adjustments to ensure timely receipt of goods purchased and proper order application.
  • Within established policies, resolve discrepancies primarily pertaining to grading, weight settlement, order application, and other disputes with vendors and Operations personnel.  Issues must be resolved tactfully to maintain sound and effective relationships.
  • May be required to educate and communicate specifications, commercial terms-and-conditions and safety and environmental compliance requirements to shippers and plant personnel.
  • Candidate must maintain computer literacy in procurement systems, with proficiency in company scrap information systems and other business applications.

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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