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Management Leadership Development Program

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Waynesboro, VA, US

Company: Gerdau



The entry level Management Trainee position is geared towards developing well rounded employees, through a 12-18 training month which will utilizes on-the-job learning, coaching and ongoing mentorship by management from the Operations and Commercial Departments within Recycling.


This position will support the Location Supervisor(s), and Location Manager, in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of all routine and improvement aspects within their area of responsibility.  Also to aid in managing, directing and participating in scrap production at the Recycling location in order to achieve efficient output and profit objectives.


Upon completion of the 12-18 month program, the objective is to attract, develop and retain the  people who are aligned with Gerdau’s culture and values. We will strive to trasition the Mangement Trainee incumbent into our future managerial and technical leaders.




This position provides a broad learning experience with comprehensive business acumen within a Company that operates in different markets and cultures. This position serves in a manufacturing processes advisory capacity with no direct reports. Primary responsibility and accountability rests with higher levels of management.




During the 12 - 18 month development program, the incument will develop a core understanding of Gerdau and the steel and recycling industry, how to work in a fast-paced team environment, and the culture that will help prepare you for a leadership or technical role within the company.


The incumbent’s objective is to also gain an understanding of the scrap market, grades, and specifications. Organize the collection of scrap metal, aide and supervise the process of sorting scrap metal and stage the delivery of steel to the customers on time and minimize downgardes.  Responsible for working with scrap inspectors to ensure proper grading of inbound scrap.




  • Qualifications for this position include a four year college degree in or Business related Discipline (Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain or Management, and other related disciplines)
  • Record of high academic achievement (Minimum GPA 2.8)
  • Recent college graduate (2018/2019-2022)- recently completed or be in the process of completing degree before program starts
  • Preference for experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment, with a  working knowledge of scrap processing methods and techniques (recommended, but not required).
  • The ability to train people and serve as a coach to employees will also be an advantage. The incumbent should possess solid presentation abilities combined with good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring current or future sponsorship for employment
  • Willing to relocate to various locations within North America during the length of the program


This position directly reports to the Location Manager.The incumbent will coordinate efforts with the different functional groups both within area of responsibility and other areas of the location. The incumbent would be detail oriented and must be comfortable dealing with associates at all levels within the organization. The incumbent will assist in the oversight, contribution to, and support of the trainings and development activities for employees of the location.


The incumbent will assist the Location Management team with the Annual Action Plan, Capex,  and administration of established policies, procedures, and processes. This position will contain scope and breadth of responsibility for manufacturing processes as well as the multitude and complexity of the equipment utilized in the manufacturing process. As well as contribute to, and support daily routine and improvement management activities, including identifying best practices, and act as a change agent to help achieve higher level of results within the assigned location by utilizing and implementing improvement processes.


The incumbent will be responsible for the oversight, contribution to, and support of all the safety activities. The incumbent must possess good communication skills, have the ability to articulate ideas, give feedback, resolve conflicts, and point out areas where improvement is needed, as well as the ability to develop a positive relationship with employees in order to develop credibility. Must be results oriented and have the ability to motivate others.  Approximately 50% of the incumbents time will be spent outside in the scrap yard.


The position will also have the ability to participate in a six month mentoring program with the Director/Vice President of Recycling to aid in their development and professional experience within Recycling.



The incumbent must perform the above mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations.  Employees must also report any situation that may have a detrimental impact to human health or the environment to their immediate supervisor.


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 discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, ancestry, the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disabilities, or other legally protected status. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.