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Purchasing Agent- Raw Materials 1

Date: Aug 22, 2021

Location: Roanoke, VA, US

Company: Gerdau

Purchasing Agent- Raw Materials

Are you a decisive negotiator with accomplished analytical and math abilities? Do you have strong relational and communication skills? 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. 


You Have:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of basic melting requirements and the understanding of the effect of different grades of scrap, relative to billet chemistry specifications.
  • Knowledge of sources and grades of raw materials, along with some knowledge of transportation issues and scrap yard operations.
  • A self-starter with the ability to initiate business and must possess strong negotiating, communication, math, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Able to function effectively both independently and as a member of a cross-functional team. 
  • A strong work ethic and high ethical standards to support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical, and productive relationships with suppliers.
  • Ability to travel 25-30% of the time to vendors, mills, and industry organizations.
  • Computer literacy with MS Office


Your Purpose:

Under the immediate direction of the Raw Materials Purchasing Manager, you will primarily be responsible for the procurement of retail scrap appropriate for steelmaking and minimizing the overall billet cost.


Your Scope:

Production Facilities:               1-2 locations including on-site retail operations

Annual Purchases:                    $30-$40 million per year (15-20,000 TPM)

Region:                                        5 scrap yards in Virginia and 1 scrap yard in Tennessee


Your Work:

  • Review scrap order shipment status weekly and make necessary adjustments to ensure timely receipt of goods purchased and proper order application.
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with both established retail processors, retail buying facilities suppliers, and actively solicit new supply sources. 
  • Study current market trends and be aware of regional scrap markets and competitive situations/practices utilizing a network of sources to understand market activity and determine the needs of the mill/s supplied based on melting schedules and blends.
  • Assess vendor capabilities and past performance, recommend alternative sources for retail scrap, and select suppliers based on information gathered. 
  • Procure retail scrap based on the specific terms of purchase contracts within established policies and procedures, verify purchase order details, and document vendor performance.
  • Serve as liaison between plant management, retail scrap suppliers, and the raw materials procurement team.
  • Provide information to corporate management, plant management, and Transportation to help develop cost avoidance and savings opportunities in the purchase, transportation, processing, and consumption of raw materials.
  • Inspect and address scrap quality issues.
  • May be required to educate and communicate specifications, commercial terms-and-conditions, and safety and environmental compliance requirements to shippers and plant personnel.


Your Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation with annual STI Bonuses. 
  • 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 
  • Bonuses 
  • 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