- Augusta (Richmond County)
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 7,100 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive worldwide distribution system. Join our team and promote progress together with us!
As a Buyer specializing in E-Scrap, you will play a vital role in procuring and managing the supply of recycled materials required for our manufacturing processes. Your expertise in sourcing, negotiating, and maintaining relationships with recycling suppliers will be crucial in ensuring a sustainable and cost-effective supply chain while supporting our commitment to environmental stewardship. You will collaborate closely with suppliers, internal stakeholders, and production teams to optimize raw material procurement and contribute Aurubis-Richmond’s recycling initiatives.
- Develop and execute a comprehensive procurement strategy for recycling raw materials, aligned with Aurubis-Richmond’s production plans and sustainability goals. Continuously evaluate and update the strategy to optimize sourcing, supplier selection, and recycling practices.
- Servicing North American suppliers for recycling raw materials and establishing long term partnerships
- Preparing and carrying out contract negotiations
- Acquiring new suppliers and finding new materials
- Reporting of market developments and creating market analyses
- Visiting suppliers on a regular basis to develop the purchase portfolio.
- Coordination of deliveries and contract fulfillment with Customer Services
- Liaise with internal stakeholders, including production teams, engineers, sustainability teams, and finance departments, to understand material requirements, forecast needs, and ensure smooth coordination of procurement activities. Communicate effectively with suppliers regarding orders, specifications, changes, and issue resolution.
- 5-7 years of experience in a similar role
- Proven experience as a buyer or procurement professional in the recycling industry, preferably related to metal smelting or manufacturing.
- Understanding of recycling processes and raw materials used in metal smelting, including scrap metals, alloys, and other recycled materials.
- Experience with selling as refining services.
- Strong negotiation and analytical skills, with the ability to evaluate supplier proposals, conduct cost analyses, and drive cost optimization initiatives in the recycling context.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with internal teams, and external suppliers.
- Ensure a smooth transition between strategic and operational procurement, as well as project management.
- Implement location-based procurement initiatives and projects.
- Knowledge of supply chain management principles, including sourcing strategies, inventory management, and environmental compliance.
- Familiarity with relevant environmental regulations and sustainability standards, such as ISO 14001 and circular economy principles.
- Proficiency in using procurement software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and Microsoft Office Suite.
Special Soft Skills Needed
- Must be highly organized and detail oriented.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines.
- work independently and as part of a team, with a proactive attitude and a willingness to take on new challenges.
- Individual must thrive in a fast-paced environment in which he/she must be strategic yet tactical.
- Able to speak persuasively in positive or negative situations.
- Ability to portray customer, business, and solution focused leadership.
- Exhibits a strong work ethic– willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
- Proven commitment to change and continuous improvement.
- Exceptional communication skills – includes listening, leadership style, speaking, etc. to effectively communicate targets and goals to his/her team.
- Must possess the ability to receive and give constructive feedback.
- Capability to clearly present information and obtain others’ buy-ins.
- The ability to provide direction and guidance to a group of people.
- Must possess strong analytical and problem-solving ability, with affinity for resourcefulness, and self-driven entrepreneurial style.
- Proven ability to motivate teams and manage conflict effectively.
- The ability to act decisively and solve staff or equipment related problems.
- Possess a mindset that embraces challenge and change.
- Passion for metals in general and for project results in specific as well as clear willingness for self-development.
- Must be able to motivate employees, exchange ideas and expectations in a productive manner, learn to be an adaptable and relatable leadership figure to others.
- Ability to promote win-win outcomes in the workplace
- Bachelor's degree in the field of economics, business administrative, and engineering
- Varying periods of time siting a desk and e working on a computer
- Salary 120k-140k
- 401(k) with company match
- Dental Insurance
- Health Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Competitive Vacation Plan
- ...and more!
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Aurubis is an employer that stands for diversity and equal opportunity. Employment decisions are made regardless of national or ethnic origin, religion and belief, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental and physical impairment and social origin or any other legally protected characteristics of an individual.