Fuel Buyer – Plainfield Renewable Energy

Standard: Fuel Buyer

Location: Plainfield Renewable Energy

Department: Administration/Management

classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt

job title: Fuel Buyer

issue date - revision: 03.26.2024 - 1


The Fuel Buyer is responsible for procuring biomass for the plant ensuring a reliable and steady fuel supply. Fuel procurement is a critical function that contributes to the overall success of plant operations.


The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by the Fuel Buyer. Not all duties assigned to this position are included. The Fuel Buyer may be asked to perform other duties and requirements may vary.

  • Manage and administer all fuel contracts for the plant.
  • Evaluate and purchase the desired quantity of biomass fuel for the plant.
  • Develop and qualify fuel supplies for the plant using existing and new supply opportunities.
  • Gather market intelligence related to new supply, existing supply and stay abreast of new developments in the wood basin.
  • Optimize spot fuel purchases and contractual commitments to meet plant budget.
  • Negotiate and write both short term and long term fuel supply agreements consistent with company guidelines.
  • Manages biomass fuel supplier relations by influencing and educating suppliers in regard to quality resulting in best cost and quality combination of fuel that meets and exceeds regulations.
  • Maintain communication with plant operations management to ensure that fuel inventories are meeting operations needs and demands.
  • Partner with plant operations management to ensure that procured fuel material is compatible with plant operating and regulatory requirements.
  • Tracks and monitors fuel costs.
  • Review and approve invoices for fuel purchases.
  • Develop and present quarterly and annual fuel reports, including forecasting a fuel procurement budget.
  • Creates reports documenting plant fuel diversion and emissions offset requirements.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

This is an individual contributor role. The Fuel Buyer position does not manage staff.


The Fuel Buyer reports to the Plant Manager and other members of the management team.

  • Undergraduate degree in forestry, business, economics or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior procurement experience required.
  • Experience in wood fuel or biomass, fiber, timber procurement in the paper, lumber or biomass industry is preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel with the ability to generate spreadsheets, reports, and business correspondence.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to gather and analyze information from multiple sources.
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously with minimal direction.
  • College degree in business or forestry preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with the ability to travel 60% of the time.
  • Must be able to work in extreme temperatures and will be exposed to heat, cold, wind, rain, fuel processing facilities, elevated areas, confined spaces.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs. and up to 100 lbs. occasionally.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods.
  • Must be able to drive a motor vehicle.
  • Must be able to work on feet for extended periods.
  • Must be capable of using protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses/goggles, safety shoes, hearing protection, etc. in the performance of job duties.
  • Must be able to tolerate strong odors.
  • Working with hazardous materials may be required.
  • Travel required, including use of personal vehicle. Some overnight travel.
  • All employees are required to comply with the Substance Abuse policy, which includes but is not limited to a post-offer drug screen and physical examination.

The statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time.