Date Posted: November 4, 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Organization: Gerdau Long Steel North America

City: Charlotte, North Carolina

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The incumbent should possess general knowledge of the Metals industry, manufacturing, industrial relations, logistics and procurement procedures and techniques. A Bachelor?s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics, or related field and a minimum of three years of direct procurement experience is required. A robust knowledge of SAP is necessary.

The incumbent must be a self-starter, possess strong skills in communications, math and problem-solving, and be able to function effectively independently and as a member of a cross-functional team. High ethical standards and a strong work ethic are key attributes. Incumbent will support commercial practices based on established policies to ensure fair, ethical, and productive relationships with suppliers.

Job Description:

About Us: Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. 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 Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana.
With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America, Europe, Brazil, and soon to be India, the Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries. Job Description: The primary function of the Buyer / Planner role is the timely and cost-effective procurement of Production Materials to support Gerdau?s production plans in the designated region. These activities include but are not limited to; supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of global, national, regional, and/or local supplier agreements to include team-based bid processes, negotiations, supplier selection/development, order management and scheduling, handling nonconformances and financial dispute resolution. Incumbent must stay abreast of current company practices and procedures.

The Buyer/Planner role is a critical position within the company that is strongly team-based. The Buyer/Planner assists the Melt Shop in the daily execution of providing raw materials to the Melt Shop and providing accurate planning to prevent stock-outs. In addition, the Buyer/Planner works closely with the corporate Category Specialists and/or Category Managers to monitor production materials pricing, strategies, supplier relationships and stock availability. Duties & Responsibilities: ORDER MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING USING SAP, Release Strategies,
Schedule Duration, Spot Purchases, Quoting Policies and Procedures, Negotiation, Single Source Procedures,
Purchase Order Releases in collaboration with Category Managers (exception-electrodes, which are managed at corporate level), Interact with Melt Shop on Production Scheduling, Resolving Invoice Discrepancies, Monitor inventory levels of supplies, review min/max levels.
Stay proficient in company's information systems and business applications. Review the status of shipment orders and make expediting adjustments to ensure timely receipt of goods purchased and proper order application.

NEGOTIATIONS: Support Global, National and Regional Agreements; Develop and negotiate local Agreements,
Cost Savings classifications - (Price, Delivery, Stocking Strategies, TCO, etc.), Procurement represents the organization in all commercial issues in the categories under their responsibility.
Contact between users and suppliers should concentrate on the confirmation of specifications and scopes of work. Requests for quotes need to be made jointly with qualified Procurement personnel.
The greatest value lies in pre-negotiation of anticipated needs- time adds leverage.
Create scheduling agreements with suppliers that are at the best possible price and terms.

REFRACTORIES: Participate with and support implementation, planning and execution.
Coordinate and manage the Technical Action Plan with Melt Shop Team through participation in monthly meetings.
Purchase Order Management.
Reconcile and finalize monthly payments to suppliers.
Support Melt Shop in contract issues and conflict resolution.
Provide monthly Cost-Per-Ton report (Technical Action Plan Status, Contract Compliance Conflicts, Monthly Measurement, etc.)
Manage and track testing programs for new materials.

SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS: New supplier qualification,
Existing supplier reviews, with Action Plans developed for Improvement,
Supplier Visits- Protocol and Procedures (both for suppliers visiting mill, and Buyer / Planner visiting supplier), Communicate specifications, commercial terms/conditions, and safety and environmental compliance to vendors/suppliers, shippers, and inspection personnel.

NONCONFORMANCES & FINANCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Material Nonconformance Procedure, Determination of Disposition?
Who releases- Improvement/Facilitator/Routine, Facilitator Selection- Use As Is; Return to Vendor- replacement; Return to Vendor- credit; Scrap; Other
Actions Dependent on Disposition-Vendor submits Corrective Action and/or Credit.

RELATIONSHIPS- INTRACOMPANY AND INTERCOMPANY: Seek opportunities with other region, for joint negotiations;
Material transfers- low-usage location to high-usage location; Material transfers- discontinued/excess/obsolete materials to a location that can use
Best-Practice exchanges.
Provide updates on changing market and supplier conditions.

ADDITIONAL: Standardize and continually improve the Procurement process.
Monitor and attain Key Performance Indicators.

Contact Name:
Erinn Thompson
Application Process:
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