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Nonferrous Processing Supervisor in Schnitzer - Dothan at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Schnitzer Steel is an exciting place to be as a global leader in the thriving metals recycling industry. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our team. Our fast-paced environment features challenging and rewarding work, strong teamwork, and a commitment to providing quality products and excellent customer service. At the same time, as a growing Fortune 1000 company that has been in business for over a century, we can offer a culture that rewards performance and a strong, corporate structure with job stability. In fact, Schnitzer Steel has experienced employees who have been with us for over 30 years working side-by-side with recent hires who constantly bring new ideas and energy into the company.

The Nonferrous (NF) Processing Supervisor reports to the Plant Manager and is responsible for ensuring that all of his/her efforts are compliant with the company’s Health, Safety and Environmental regulations. The NF Supervisor monitors and coordinates nonferrous receiving activities to optimize efficiency of processing operations, product shipping and profit maximization.  The incumbent is required to effectively coordinate nonferrous processing activities with supervisory staff, commercial operations, peers, and subordinate personnel. The NF Processing Supervisor is responsible for: inventory management; utilization of personnel and equipment to maximize processing capacity; and shipping activities. The incumbent is required to communicate with the buying group regarding material procurement needed to sustain efficient processing or to meet known order requirements. This position also requires the incumbent to be proactive and enforce process and quality standards to ensure that the NF material provided to Metals Recycling Business Consumers always meets or exceeds specifications.

This position operates within somewhat flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the nonferrous processing operation. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increases profits.

Essential Functions:

  • Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S):
    • Ensures safe work practices and equipment are used at all times and that documentation, inspections, and current practices are in accordance with company safety policies, OSHA and other regulatory guidelines. Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers, and visitors.
    • Creates H&S Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) with Regional Safety Engineer(s).
    • Ensures all department employees receive timely safety and operational training and that the appropriate documents (signed acknowledgement forms) are prepared. Maintains employee training files per regional practice.
    • Assigns an employee to be on the Safety Committee and personally attends Safety Committee meetings on rotation with other managers.
    • Monitors safety program to reduce accident frequency within department, implements new safety ideas/procedures and establishes safety goals
  • Operational Performance & Best Management Practices:
    • Directs, evaluates, schedules and coordinates equipment and personnel to support daily nonferrous operations, including positioning for processing, material processing, and loading of nonferrous scrap.
    • Creates and maintain a layout plan for all physical spaces assigned to NF processing and shipping. Identify work in progress and finished goods storage bins and equipment locations to ensure a proper work flow is achieved.
    • Submits and/or implements approved process improvement suggestions to improve overall refining quality, profitability and or safety within nonferrous department.  Collaboratively communicates and partners with MRB NF Operations Committee to ensure best practices are presented, reviewed, and implemented accordingly.
  • Equipment & Maintenance:
    • Inspects allocated department equipment to ensure all assets are working within stated guidelines, and submits work orders to maintenance staff as needed or required.
    • Submits purchase orders as needed or required in order to maintain or enhance department operations. 
  • Inventory & Quality Control:
    • Evaluates incoming nonferrous material ensuring that inventory quantity and product quality guidelines are adhered to.
    • Meets existing and pending contractual quantity/quality obligations. 
    • Prepares Time & Weight Analysis reporting for customer material and documents equipment processing time for various commodities.
    • Validates that material purchased over the scale and associated scale tickets are accurate with the actual material purchased.
    • Trains production personnel in the use of testing equipment. Maintains positive inventory control, especially over Work In Process (WIP) material.
    • Monitors storage containers so that containers are adequately marked with “Tare” weights and that large permanent bins, when used, are clearly marked as to the date when the Bin was last emptied of that product. Organizes all storage and processing areas to facilitate calculations of full month-end physical Inventories.
    • Coordinates material pricing, provides price quotes on nonferrous products to individuals, industrial accounts, and dealers; grading, processing, sales, and shipment pertinent to nonferrous operations.
    • Provides assistance to dispatcher for scheduling of the truck fleet.   Oversees material movement: monitors movements of each truck; coordinates pick ups at industrial accounts, prepares manifests for outgoing material; expedites intercompany transfers and completes associated administrative paperwork.
    • Ensures that reports of any off grade/ off spec materials are discussed with supervisor prior to shipment in order to eliminate quality consumer complaints, avoid downgrades and eliminate claims. 
  • Budgeting & Forecasting:
    • Maintains accurate inventory reporting records and conducts physical inventory audits monthly with Financial Business Partner and observes perpetual inventory of unfinished and finished goods.
    • Partners with commercial operations to develop sales in an effort to reduce the expense associated with carrying high inventory volumes.
    • Partners with commercial operations team to develop strategic buying program that will support production and yard capacity, taking into consideration loading and transportation processes, schedules, and availability. 
  • Administrative Management:
    • Works with Human Resources personnel to prepare job descriptions, interview prospective production employees and review performance of employees. Monitors supervisory practices to ensure compliance with HR policies and union contracts. Monitors and maintains hourly staff at cost effective and competitive levels.
    • Ensures work area(s) organized, and free of potential safety and/or environmental hazards.
    • Conducts accident investigations as necessary. 
    • Develops, enhances, and maintains positive business relationships with customers, vendors, and staff.
    • Trains, develops, coaches, mentors, reviews, and holds subordinate staff accountable for operational assignments.

Specific Other Responsibilities (regional, location, compliance, etc.):

Performs special projects or completes additional assignments as requested.

Internal Control Responsibilities:

Supports 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.Communicates upwards problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Supervisory Responsibility:The NF Processing Supervisor directly supervises a group of employees within the NF Processing Department. See applicable General Manager and NF Processing organization charts for all direct and indirect reporting relationships.


Interpersonal Contacts:

The NF Processing Supervisor, reports to a General Manager, Terminal Operations  Manager or Plant Operations Manager depending of the size and type of Facility assigned. Accordingly the NF Processing Supervisor speaks directly to and or respond to other management personnel i.e. Regional Director, Regional General Manager, Director of Commercial Operations, Commercial Operations Managers and Safety and Environmental Managers.


Job Conditions:

Exposure to physical operations at metal recycling yards; it is necessary to walk/climb in active industrial yards with uneven surfaces and to out-of-the-way areas. Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions and some minimum travel is required. 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 select customers, and visiting other Schnitzer locations.

Required Skills

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to: lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally;  Ability to communicate by speech and hearing continuously. Communication is primarily by phone, email and sometimes in person, with other departments within the Schnitzer Group. Visual acuity needed for close detail work, preparing and analyzing data figures and computer use.

Required Experience


A High School Diploma or equivalent; High School or better level mathematical skills: minimum 3 years metal recycling industry experience. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

Thorough knowledge of NF Materials Grading; good judgment, interpersonal communications; self starter; good organizational skills; ability to negotiate; past supervisory experience a plus.

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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