Metals Buyer in Grand Rapids, MI at ITW

Date Posted: 6/28/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Metals Buyer

Division: ITW Drawform

Location: Zeeland, MI

Reporting to: Director of Operations


Company Description:

Since ITW’s founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables and related service businesses. ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 56 countries that employ more than 50,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. ITW has 85 businesses divided into 7 Segments, which includes: Welding, Automotive OEM, Food Equipment Group, Construction Products, Polymers & Fluids, Test and Measurement & Electronics, and Specialty. 

Division Description:

ITW Drawform Division serves major tier suppliers with tightly tolerance and innovative components for the automotive and industrial markets totaling approximately $200M in revenues globally. The division holds a leadership position in North America and a growing presence in Europe. The division also supports ITW initiatives for our facility in China. 

Position Objective:

To develop the highest quality suppliers and coordinate the purchase of product requirements for metal stampings.

Essential Functions:

  • Defines, leads and negotiates activities aligned with commodity strategies for multiple locations
  • As a member of a Corporate Strategy Team for Steel and Aluminum, negotiates yearly contracts and leads efforts in reducing and consolidating suppliers
  • Lead efforts to reduce costs and simplify the supply chain
  • Delivers purchasing budget, updated forecasts, and reports monthly savings activities
  • Ensures the most economical costs for goods/services required, in conjunction with obtaining long-term agreement savings opportunities
  • Tracks metal indices with monthly reports for domestic and global markets
  • Performs continual reviews and evaluations of the current supply base and also new potential suppliers
  • Active participation with supplier rating reports
  • Assists the supplier evaluation team in the development of suppliers
  • Monitors raw material inventory
  • Arranges technical support for new or existing programs to aid in the design and usage of raw materials
  • Assist with the quoting process of raw material

Job Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or Similar
  • Plus 5 years’ experience in metals purchasing or equivalent combination
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with steel
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in automotive industry

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of materials
  • Background in manufacturing
  • Commitment to highest ethical standards
  • Knowledge of North American, European and Asian Steel Specifications


ITW offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including competitively priced medical and dental coverage the first of the month following hire, free life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and immediate 401k matching. Additional retirement savings contribution (above and beyond 401k) at no cost after one year.

ITW is an equal opportunity, equal employment, affirmative action employer.  We strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone is welcome to contribute their unique talents and ideas.  We encourage applications from females, males, disabled/protected or other veterans, persons with disabilities, all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.


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