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Sr. Procurement Buyer

Date Posted: Aug 17, 2019

Location: Whitby, ON, CA

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.


What will you do?

Your primary responsibility as a Senior Buyer is the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services to support  the manufacturing production plans throughout a procurement region, per designated commodities/categories.  These activities include, but are not limited to the negotiations, maintenance, and execution of national, regional and/or local supplier agreements, as well as, facilitating team-based supplier selection and overall contract management.


What will be your responsibilities:

  • Conduct scheduling analysis to determine supply/demand conditions for the needs of the mills supplied.  Adjusts quantities and expedites delivery schedules for purchases in accordance with monthly buying plans. 
  • Act as a liaison with the supplier community in order to establish and maintain market relationships. 
  • Monitor and maintain continuity of supply and on time delivery as well as physical, safety-related, and environmental aspects of materials purchased. Settle procurement discrepancies within management guidelines to maintain standards and ongoing supply chain activities. 
  • Collaborate with the procurement team to develop purchasing processes and to determine the best available costs, quality, reliability, continuity and delivery relative to the total cost of ownership. 
  • Execute purchase contracts in accordance with company policy and guidelines, verify purchase order details, and assure vendor performance. Review and assess vendor capabilities and past performance.
  • Gather data, then report activities and regional results to central management, regional management, plant management, and internal customers to help control costs and identify savings opportunities.  Occasional presentations  will be made to management teams.  
  • Contribute to the reduction of inventory throughout the region by working with suppliers to monitor, regulate, and liquidate materials. Take corrective actions, when necessary, to support changing conditions in mill demand, supply chain dynamics, etc. Periodic evaluations of Inventory Min/Max levels.   
  • Assist in the development and achievement of process goals, Annual Action Plans, and the administration of established policies, procedures, and processes. 
  • Serve as a project lead on assignments across the Mills within designated commodity/category.  
  • Coordinates with the Central Procurement Team to manage the supply of production and non-production materials and working capital to optimize inventories while researching alternative sources of supply. 
  • Monitor the actual vs. planned usage of all production and non-production materials assigned to meet inventory targets and maintain consistent supply.   
  • Manage supply agreements between Central and Region keeping the agreements updated as to pricing, demand, balance and monitor Gerdau and Supplier performance to said agreements in order to ensure the continuity of supply and the commercial relationship. 
  • Train and communicate specifications, commercial terms and conditions, and safety & environmental compliance requirements to shippers and plant personnel. 
  • Facilitate sessions to communicate procurement improvement methodologies, tools, policies, practices, and processes to regional procurement teams. 
  • Support the Regional Procurement Manager with daily executions of procurement activities, including but not limited to: guiding and coaching team members in the areas of purchase order execution, expediting, supplier development, and non-conformance treatment.  
  • Implement the standardization and continual improvement of the procurement process and the attainment of other identified procurement Key Performance Indicators within the Gerdau Business Systems guidelines. 
  • Manage the acquisition of CapEx equipment and ensure services are carried out according to technical specifications and meeting internal customer needs. Additional CapEx duties may include: management of milestone payments; monitoring of obligations of both the supplier and Gerdau, monitoring and expediting of manufacturing and construction timelines.


What qualificiations are required?

  • Extensive knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, procurement procedures, and the ability to analyze techncial drawings. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics or related field.
  • A minimum of five years of direct experience generating and implementing contracts, as well as, managing purchase orders, documenting negotiations, communications and accounting, taxes, and legal implications. 
  • Professional certification in procurement or supply chain management preferred.
  • Self-starter, and possess strong skills in negotiations, communications, math, analysis and problem-solving. 
  • Ability to function independently and as a member of a cross-functional team. 
  • High ethical standards, leadership and a strong work ethic are also key attributes. 
  • Extensive knowledge of Quality Management Methodologies.
  • Ability to travel to complete job duties and maintain effective relationships with vendors, mill personnel, and industry organizations; approximately 10-20%.
  • Working knowledge of foreign trade and INCO Terms as well as contractual terms and conditions related to the purchase of equipment and construction services.


What does Gerdau offer? (Benefits on day one of employment)

  • 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

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