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Purchasing Agent (Buyer)

Job ID 11455707 Date posted 04/05/2019
Location : Silver Bay, MN
JobCode : 2955
Position Type : Salary

Description :

POSITION:                 BUYER          


AREA:                        MATERIALS

Northshore Mining Company, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc, is a taconite mining and processing facility located in Northern Minnesota.  The mining facility is located in Babbitt, MN, and the processing plant is located in Silver Bay, MN, on the Northshore of Lake Superior.

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Buyer.  This position is located at our processing plant in Silver Bay.  Travel to the Babbitt site, other Cleveland-Cliffs mine sites and other associated business travel may be required.


This position is responsible for the purchasing of assigned commodities and services.  The Buyer will manage transactional activities related to both the purchase and timely delivery of a wide group of commodities. These activities include requests for quotation, bid analysis, supplier selection, order placement and order management.  The position will have an operational focus with emphasis on customer service and the purchase to pay process.  Further responsibilities will include the identification of new suppliers, managing supplier relationships and writing/negotiating supply and service contracts.


  • Manage procurement of assigned commodities in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Manage transactional activities related to the purchase and delivery of assigned commodities at their lowest total cost and required delivery.
  • Work closely with Operations personnel and the supply team to achieve operational and corporate objectives – cost, quality, delivery, and inventory turnover.
  • Ensure customer service by proactively identifying customer needs and service improvement opportunities.
  • Assist with collection and analysis of commodity data in coordination with other Cliffs’ site buyers and Sourcing Managers to ensure consistency in buying strategies.
  • Assist with the development of qualified, competitive sources of supply on a continuing basis through comprehensive financial and market review.
  • Build and maintain commodity expertise through interviews, plant visitations and research.
  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative supplier analysis and pre-qualify supply alternatives.
  • Develop Requests for Information (RFI).
  • Prepare Request for Quotes/Proposals/Bids/Information (RFQ/P/B/I), assess results, document recommendations and communicate results to suppliers.
  • Develop supplier selection criteria, evaluate supplier responses and select finalists.  Interview and negotiate with both potential and chosen suppliers.
  • Develop fact-based negotiation strategies and conduct negotiations with vendors.  Manage supplier relationships, track supplier performance and communicate performance feedback to suppliers.
  • Work with subject matter experts and internal customers to collect and assess business requirements.
  • Assist with continuous improvement, both internally externally, together with Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and Suppliers.
  • Resolve invoicing issues with suppliers.
  • Conduct daily expediting activities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM or CPSM) preferred.
  • 2+ years in Procurement or related field is preferred.
  • Operational/Industry/Supplier knowledge is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills are required.
  • Strong communication skills and must be able to interact and communicate with all levels of the organization and outside vendors.

Please note that all applicants must meet the physical requirements of the position by the close of the posting period. 

Cleveland-Cliffs Employees -

Apply by forwarding a resume to your local Human Resources Department.  The local HR offices will forward candidate resumes to the Northshore Mining HR Department, Attn: Martha Schlangen.  Please reference the Buyer position when applying.

Who We Are

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota.

By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency.

Ready to seek your newest professional adventure? Explore our range of opportunities and join us at Cliffs.

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Employment Opportunities

Cleveland-Cliffs offers opportunities for high-performing individuals in a myriad of technical and professional disciplines. Whether in the field or office, Cliffs fosters an environment that empowers our employees to achieve their highest potential. Regardless of the location, employees will be presented with a challenging and rewarding environment. A competitive compensation package, opportunities for advancement and work-life balance all lead to a positive, passionate career at Cleveland-Cliffs.

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