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Direct Buyer

Date: Aug 26, 2021

Location: Wilton, IA, US

Company: Gerdau

Direct Buyer

Are you self-driven and intuitive? Do you enjoy analyzing data and forecasting? Are you a confident negotiator? 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 auto 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 Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics, or related field
  • A minimum of three years of direct procurement experience is required
  • General knowledge of the steelmaking industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics and procurement procedures and techniques
  • Must be a self-starter, possess strong skills in communications, math and problem-solving skills, and be able to function effectively independently and as a member of a cross-functional team.
  • Ability to coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, maintenance, stores, and accounting personnel in efforts to meet particular supply and demand goals.
  • High ethical standards and a strong work ethic 
  • Ability to travel 1-2 times a year.

 

Your Purpose:

Your primary function of this position is the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services to support Gerdau’s production plans in the designated region and commodity/category.  These activities include but are not limited to; supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of national, regional, and/or local supplier agreements to include team-based bid processes, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management. You will stay abreast of current company practices and procedures.

 

DIMENSIONS:

 

Annual Purchases:                                 $10 - $50 million per year

Locations Supported:                             Wilton, IA

Commodity/Category Assignments:       Multiple commodities and categories for MRO/Services 

 

Your Work:

  • Procure goods and services, prepare purchase orders and/or supply contracts within established policies and procedures, verify purchase order details, and document vendor performance.
  • Monitor inventory levels of supplies, review min/max levels, assess vendor capabilities and past performance, recommend adjustments, and collect supplier performance data. 
  • Keep the procurement team, plant personnel, and central management abreast of changing market and supplier conditions.
  • Inspect, address, and rectify product quality issues as they arise.  
  • Communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance to vendors/suppliers, shippers, and inspection personnel.
  • Assist in resolving procurement issues with vendors/suppliers and Gerdau departments.  The incumbent will coordinate the resolution of problems or issues with appropriate administrative and accounting personnel.
  • Provide information to central management, regional management, plant management, and internal customers to control costs and identify savings opportunities in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Review the status of shipment orders and make expediting adjustments, as needed, to insure timely receipt of goods purchased and proper order application.
  • Resolve discrepancies primarily pertaining to specifications, weight settlement, order requirements, other clarifications and disputes with vendors/suppliers and mill personnel.  Issues must be resolved professionally to maintain sound and effective relationships.
  • Stay proficient in procurement systems, company information systems, and other applicable business applications.
  • Implement the standardization and continual improvement of the procurement process and the attainment of other identified procurement Key Performance Indicators within the Gerdau Business System guidelines.

 

Your Benefits:

  • 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