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Scrap Metal Buyer - Ottawa/Cornwall

Date: Mar 4, 2023

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA, K2R 1G7

Company: Gerdau

About Us

Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the world. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


This position is open for domestic candidates only.


SCRAP METAL BUYER for the Ottawa and Cornwall area.



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.  The incumbent will coordinate activities with other personnel, Transportation, scrap inspection and accounting personnel.


The incumbent’s primary responsibility is the cost-effective procurement of scrap. 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. 


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 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. 



  • Recruit new supply sources for scrap in the local regional market.
  • Primarily responsible for the procurement of scrap Metals.
  • Incumbent will maintain 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.
  • Incumbent will 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 to meet the needs of the operations supplied.
  • Provide information to management and Transportation to help develop cost avoidance and savings opportunities in the purchase, transportation, and processing of scrap.
  • Serve as liaison between plant management and scrap suppliers.
  • 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.



  • One to three years in the buying, receiving of steel scrap or similar work experience.
  • Knowledge of sources and grades of raw materials, along with some knowledge of transportation issues and scrap yard operations.



Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity for all and the importance of each employee and applicant as an individual.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.


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