Steel Procurement/Buyer Employment | Illinois Purchasing Recruiters

Kappa Search Inc. is an Illinois recruiting firm that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, operations and technical sales recruitment and placement. One of our top clients is actively recruiting for a Buyer with steel and metal commodity purchasing experience.     

The incumbent will plan, coordinate and execute the purchase of steel and metal commodities. Coil and sheet structural steel, bar, tube, aluminum, stainless and copper is preferred.


  • Ensures steel and metal commodities are secured at competitive cost, quality, and delivery  levels that meet or exceed company performance expectations.
  • Secures and analyzes quotations, negotiates prices and terms with vendors.
  • Recommends vendors with respect to cost, quality and delivery.
  • Studies market prices, commodity trends and steel industry developments.
  • Recommends process improvements where applicable.
  • Conducts continuous interviews with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities, transportation logistics, inventory control management.
  • Communicates with internal departments and external customers on procurement issues.     


  • B.S. Degree in Business, Engineering or Supply Chain Management
  • Several years of purchasing, procurement experience
  • Purchasing experience with steel and/or other metals
  • CPM, APICS certification
  • Ability to read blueprints is a plus
  • ERP Experience
  • SAP preferred