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Scrap Metal Buyer

Date Posted: Jun 3, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US

Company: Gerdau

Empowering people who build the future.


For Gerdau, a Company with over 118 years of history and over 30,000 employees in 10 countries, the business culture is about all the multiple identities and the practice of values by each of its employees. 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. We are the largest recycler in the world. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future. Gerdau is a publicly traded company listed on the São Paulo, New York and Madrid stock exchanges.




You will primarily responsible for the procurement of retail scrap in an economical and efficient manner and establishing and maintaining effective relations with available suppliers including active solicitation of new supply sources, within assigned region.  The supplier base will include both established retail processors as well as suppliers whose business is conducted on a direct basis at the retail buying facilities as established at Gerdau mill divisions.This position will support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical and productive relationships with suppliers.  It does require travel to complete job duties and maintain an effective network of vendors, mill personnel, and industry organizations.


You will coordinate activities with other procurement personnel, transportation, melt shop management, and mill scrap inspection and accounting personnel. You will work closely with transportation to keep them informed of new methods of shipment and carriers that may help minimize overall scrap costs.  You will also keep plant and corporate management abreast of changing market conditions. You will engage and utilize a network of sources to understand market activity and determine the needs of the mill/s supplied


Another key responsibility will be to provide information to other members of the raw materials procurement team.  This will be achieved through soliciting and reviewing competitive alternatives, assess vendor capabilities and past performance, recommend alternative sources for retail scrap and select suppliers based on information gathered.  The incumbent will secure retail scrap based on the specific terms of purchase contracts within established policies and procedures, verify purchase order details, and document vendor performance.


This position also serves as a liaison between mill personnel and scrap suppliers.  This position will provide commercial information used in analyzing melting and inventory requirements. Incumbent must remain aware of any changes in melting schedules or blends that will impact scrap requirements, and will assist the Director - Raw Materials in taking appropriate remedial steps needed to support operations in response to changing market conditions.  The incumbent must be familiar with basic melting requirements at the mill in order to know the effect of different grades of scrap, relative to billet chemistry specifications.


You will work closely withvendors, shippers and inspection personnel to educate and communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance requirements . You will use the computer systems and procedures to receive, handle and pay for scrap throughout the Company and assist in resolving any problems that may arise with vendors.  You will coordinate any such issues with appropriate administrative and accounting personnel. 



  • A minimum of three to five years experience in the buying, melting or receiving of steel scrap or similar work experience at an exempt level.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to initiate business and possess strong negotiating, communication, math and problem-solving skills. 
  • High ethical standards and a strong work ethic are key attributes required.
  • Possess knowledge of sources and grades of raw materials, along with some knowledge of transportation issues and scrap yard operations.
  • Computer literate in procurement systems and MS Office.
  • Knowledge of the effect different grades of steel on billet chemistry specifications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications to communicate effectively across all lines of the business. 
  • Ability to problem solve and negotiate with suppliers
  • Ability to travel locally
  • Ability to research and recruit new supply sources
  • Post secondary education preferred



  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans
  • 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
  • Career Path System and Training
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create



Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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