Buyer Intern in Schnitzer - Oakland at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 2/19/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Buyer Intern provides procure-to-pay support to deliver optimal value by combining cost effectiveness, quality, efficiency, and safety. The Buyer Intern is responsible for the delivery of non-trade purchasing services including but not limited to: fleet and equipment; maintenance; parts and repair services; and corporate services including contingent labor, facilities management and MRO, fuel, IT, capital equipment; and other service support for assigned segments/facilities. This is a temporary position through 8/31/2018. Rate for this position is $20/hour.

S/He will leverage the existing supply base and/or determine supply requirements to acquire goods and services in alignment with Procurement processes and objectives in coordination with his/her supervisor. The Buyer Intern facilitates the shipping and receiving of parts and supplies and coordinates with Accounts Payable to support supplier invoicing and payment. The Buyer Intern, as assigned by his/her supervisor, also supports regional EAM processes and inventory management.

  • Partners with Buyer(s) on local execution of the tactical purchasing plan: implementing contract pricing, and terms and condition.
  • Collaborates with Procurement and Operations leaders to implement and sustain formal agreements and to support key initiatives locally.
  • Maintains constructive working relationships with suppliers, operations, and other internal departments to ensure appropriate purchasing support.
  • Coordinates purchasing for the organization including analysis, planning, and requisition management of goods and services supporting production with moderate supervision. Locates and purchases necessary yard supplies, equipment, parts and services in alignment with Procurement policies, goals, and processes.
  • Partners with Buyer(s) to solicit supplier proposals. Assists in negotiations with vendors and captures purchase price variances when possible.
  • Expedites deliveries and arranges for receipts of goods and services.
  • Supports the purchase of goods and services IAW company policies and Procurement goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for reviewing requisitions for authorization, completeness, and accuracy utilizing negotiated pricing.
  • Partners with Buyer(s) on executing purchasing strategies by working closely with supervisor and operations. Utilizes the approved supplier list.
  • Provides inventory management support including audits and other ERP-supported inventory management activities, as assigned.
  • Works with suppliers to make order adjustments, address material and shipment discrepancies or delivery problems.
  • Responsible for maintaining all necessary records of purchases, quotations, process and deliveries.
  • Ensures that records of monthly cost saving are kept up to date and that any incorrect parts received are returned immediately to the proper supplier.
  • Researches market forces, pricing and supply problems and assists in developing/screens product specifications in order to make purchasing decisions.
Required Skills
  • Associate’s Degree or combination of education and equivalent work experience.
  • 0-1 years’ experience in purchasing preferred.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in customer service required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at various levels across the organization.
  • Knowledge of MS Office and ERP systems (Oracle iProcurement) preferred.
  • Solid ability to follow detailed instructions with limited supervision.


This is a temporary position through 8/31/2018. Rate for this position is $20/hour.

Required Experience

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.