Procurement Specialist

  • Augusta (Richmond County)
  • Permanent
  • Full-time

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Aurubis – metallurgy is our passion. We are a leading global multi-metal company and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. We process complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, and metal-bearing recycling materials into metals of the highest purity. These metals serve as the basis for key megatrends such as digitalization, renewable energies, e-mobility, and urbanization. Aurubis has about 6,900 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive worldwide distribution system. Join our team and promote progress together with us!

We are excitedly seeking to fill positions at our newest facility located in Augusta, GA (Richmond County). We are committed to leading the way by influencing a sustainable future for our communities, by developing innovative solutions and by positively effecting the lives of our employees.


Procurement Specialist

Your Tasks

  • Implementation, securing and execution of procurement strategies for all locally managed purchasing categories, i. e. facility management and infrastructure services within Corporate Procurement guidelines.
  • Execution of global category strategies within local sphere.
  • Establish and manage RFI, RFP and RFQ processes.
  • Create and manage purchase orders in SAP to ensure correct pricing, quantity, delivery date, special requirements, etc.  
  • Track critical supply items and contact vendors to expedite deliveries as needed.
  • Create, negotiate and review purchasing contracts.
  • Transfer recurring procurement to framework agreements to leverage efficiencies.
  • Build day-to-day business relationships with suppliers and develop partnerships with critical suppliers.
  • Preparation and implementation of supplier evaluation audits and supplier reviews.
  • Assess supplier performance against predetermined goals by monitoring quality acceptance rates, delivery performance, and cost savings performance.
  • Review, analysis and optimization of purchasing specifications with the goal to establish procurement alternatives.
  • Recommend cost saving proposals including alternative sourcing, step pricing for volume discounts and make-versus-buy analysis.
  • Observation of the local procurement markets.
  • Managing contractual disruptions.
  • Leading local procurement initiatives and projects.
  • Establish close relationships with internal stakeholders (especially operations, maintenance and project teams).
  • Ensures close collaboration with Corporate Procurement .
  • Drives continuous improvement of processes and performance.
  • Other job duties as needed.

Your Profile

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in procurement in a manufacturing company.
  • 3-5 years consistent hands-on experience in the US. 
  • Experience of working in an international environment.
  • Strong knowledge working in ERP systems, preferably SAP.
  • Strong commercial and technical understanding and knowledge in project management, change management and contract law.

Special soft skills needed:

  • Excellent communication skills in dealing with internal and external customers and business partners and ability to effectively influence others at all levels within the organization.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on global schedules and projects.
  • Willingness to take personal responsibility.
  • Above average analytical skills.
  • Maintaining relations with other departments and external relations.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and high level of independence.
  • Ability to act decisively and solve staff or equipment related problems. 
  • Passion for metals in general and for project results in specific as well as clear willingness for self-development.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally for training and collaboration.
  • Comfortable “pivoting” quickly in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability as an outstanding team player and a successful independent worker.


  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in the field of economics, industrial engineering or mechanical engineering.
  • Master’s Degree is considered a plus but is not required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be willing and physically able to observe and walk in a smelter environment.
  • Must be willing and physically able to work in varying cold and heat situations.
  • Could have times that are prolonged periods of walking, standing, bending.
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.
  • Ability to travel throughout facility as required to conduct audits and/or walk-through.
  • Must wear all required PPE when in protected areas.
  • Required to reach and grasp with hands and reach with arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Willing and physically able to travel domestically and/or internationally, if requested.

We Offer


  • 401(k) with company match
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • STD
  • LTD
  • FSA Debit Card Plan
  • Competitive PTO Plans
  • ...and more!

Physical setting: Office
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Work Location: One location

What does Aurubis stand for? Take a look here!

Aurubis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by law.