Industrial Buyer in Schnitzer - Chattanooga at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 10/27/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Industrial Accounts Buyer reports to the Commercial Operations Manager. The Industrial Accounts Buyer develops and maintains relationships of all industrial accounts located in designated regions. The incumbent visits existing and potential suppliers to promote Schnitzer's service capabilities. The incumbent is responsible for communicating with and providing efficient customer service to industrial accounts, in order to maintain these relationships. The Industrial Account Buyer develops pricing strategies to ensure the retention of industrial accounts. The Incumbent must be knowledgeable of all costs associated with the handling and processing of nonferrous and ferrous materials, be knowledgeable of current sales; and provide optimum pricing strategies to the Commercial Operations team and facility management. The Incumbent stays in constant contact with the Regional Commercial Support Group to assist with bid preparation and resolve costing issues as required. The incumbent ensures account settlements and payments are reviewed and completed promptly. This position requires the Industrial Accounts Buyer to be in the field fifty percent (50%) of the time visiting the existing client base, twenty-five percent (25%) seeking out new business and the remaining time at the office reviewing account deliveries and reviewing and approving the account settlement documents.

Environmental Health & Safety:

  • Ensures safe work practices and equipment are used at all times and that documentation and current practices are in accordance with corporate policies, OSHA, and other regulatory guidelines. In addition, provides a safe environment for all customers at the locations.
  • Communicates and reinforces MRB's position on scrap acceptance in line with Environmental Health and Safety regulations

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices:

  • Contacts current and potential suppliers, both in person and over the phone.
  • Maintains current relationships and develops and expands supplier base.
  • Communicates daily with production and environmental staff regarding the quality of scrap to ensure compliance with current regulations and policies.
  • Competitive Bid Preparation:
    • Supports the Competitive Bid Program of the Commercial Group.
    • Assists in the inspection and grading of material as well as in the calculating of required resources.
    • Ensures that Profit and Loss Statements are completed in a timely fashion for the
    • Industrial Accounts.
    • Reviews Profit and Loss Statements with the Commercial Operations Manager quarterly.
  • Metals Purchasing:
    • Reviews daily and weekly reports of actual delivery and pickup status for open

Material Purchase Agreements.

  • Inspects Industrial Accounts material to ensure inbound grading is accurate.
  • Negotiates certain material purchase contracts under the supervision of the Commercial Operations Manager and is responsible for executing compliant and advantageous contracts.

Advance Payment:

  • Advances payments to suppliers in accordance with published MRB and regional policy.
  • Adheres to the Advance Payment policy and minimizes usage of the advanced payments option in order to encourage suppliers to move product to the facilities as quickly as possible.

Servicing of Existing Supplier Base:

  • Develops daily routines that ensure current information is on hand to allow for the proper pricing of material to suppliers.

Marketing & Business Development:

  • Works with Commercial Operations Manager to develop a written plan of action.
  • Pursue all types of FE & NF Industrial Accounts,: Demolition Contractors,1 Scrap Dealers,
  • Auto Wreckers, Railroads, Transit Activities and Local/State Governmental Agencies.
  • Coordinates and follows up with Commercial Operations team to follow up on leads generated by other buyers.
  • Visits new suppliers identified in Plan of Action.
  • Supports the Competitive Bid Program of the Commercial Group by assisting in the inspection and grading of material as well as in the calculation of required resources.
  • Reviews daily scale supplier/commodity reports and communicates to suppliers any problems noted.
  • Assesses and passes concerns regarding quality to the facility Inside Buyer for close inspection of supplier deliveries if situations should warrant.
  • Creates Profit & Loss Statement at the completion of delivery or job referencing the Material Purchase Agreements. Ensure statements are completed in a timely manner for their accounts.
  • Portray a positive image for Schnitzer's Metals Recycling Business (MRB) during discussions and visits with customers.
  • Provides a high level of customer service during meet and greet activity at the receiving scale and while on the phone.
  • Reinforces and promotes MRB's position on Scrap Acceptance.
  • Pursues all types of FE & NF Metal suppliers (i.e. Utilities, Utility Contractors, and Manufacturers, Chemical Plants, Oil Refineries, Scrap dealers and other non-traditional sources).
  • Develops, in consultation with the Commercial Group, a monthly written “Plan of Action.”

Inventory Control:

  • Educates customers on scrap quality and acceptance policy
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with current regulations and policies.

Administrative Management:

  • Coordinate with office staff to ensure accurate and timely documentation of all purchasing transactions
  • Provide weekly reports, of number of visits to customers; quantity and quality of material purchased; follow-up action that is anticipated or required; expense reports; etc.

Internal Control Responsibilities

Support the Company's Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures and controls to better relate to the business.

Interpersonal Contacts

Upwardly communicate problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Internal contacts include all commercial personal for advising, asking questions, coordinating customer and sales activity, pricing, and assistance with to maintain company goals; office staff for exchanging information on paperwork and computer entry and yard personnel for the exchange of information regarding truck movement and incoming material. External contacts include actual and potential customers to provide information regarding pricing, acceptable materials, coordinate pick-ups; and trade organizations.

Required Skills

Job Conditions

Average office environment; occasional exposure to dirt and dust related to scrap yard environment. Work pressure can be substantial during peak times, requiring considerable adaptability; disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Offsite work involves meeting in person with current or potential customers, and visiting other Schnitzer locations. Regional travel required.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions

Ability to sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time, up to 6-8 hours per day; bend at waist; operate a vehicle; use hands to write or keyboard; assemble papers, staple, photo copy, use ten key; be mobile within an average office environment and communicate by phone and in person in a professional manner. Visual acuity to read detailed documents, inspects scrap material, and use a computer.

Required Skills:

Knowledge of testing and identifying metal alloys; superior customer service skills; Windows XP, which includes Outlook; tact and ability to communicate with people at all levels, both orally and in writing, in a professional manner; excellent mathematical and problem solving skills; strong negotiation skills; attention to detail and accuracy; basic typing and 10-key skills. Ability to: have commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form; deal with problems involving several specific variables in or from standard situations.

Required Experience

Required Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Marketing or Business is preferred, but not required in addition to with 5+ years prior sales experience and/or 5-10 years prior experience as a metal buyer in the scrap industry. A valid driver's license.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

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.


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