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MPS & World Class Manufacturing Lead

Job Number:  11448
Group:  Magna Seating
Division:  Magna Seating Auburn Hills
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Auburn Hills, MI, US, 48326



Job Number: 11448 
Group: Magna Seating  
Division: Magna Seating Auburn Hills 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Auburn Hills 


Group Description

Magna is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of high quality complete seating systems. Our solution includes seating structures, mechanisms and hardware, as well as foam and trim products for global automotive, heavy truck and bus industries. Our capabilities include market and consumer research; full concept development; design and engineering capabilities; testing, validation and world-class manufacturing. Our award-winning seating solutions are developed from consumer research, finding the ease of operation to be comfortable, convenient and connected.

Role Summary


Under the general supervision of the AGM & other Departmental Managers support, the MPS & Warehouse Conveyance Lead supports Packaging needs, manages divisional PFEP, Value Stream, Conveyance, and utilizes lean tools to analyze and recommend operational improvement opportunities within the division.

Key Responsibilities


Plan for Every Part (PFEP)

  • Oversee PFEP and Manage as a living document
  • Use to develop, manage, audit & continuously improve: VSM, Plant Layout, Dock Utilization, Trailer Management, & Dunnage Management
  • Includes Sub-Assemblies and outside Material

Warehouse / Supermarket Layout

  • Design, Implement & Continuously Improve Warehouse Layout (including rack maps, labels, etc)


  • Develop & Manage Divisional VSMs (Dock to Line)
  • Design, Implement, validate, audit & continuously improve all conveyance systems: FIFO, Kanban, Sequencing (including empty dunnage)
  • Includes Sub-Assemblies and outside Material
  • Manage & Oversee plant Value stream
  • Support in JES development and Training needs for current and new launch Programs.


  • Guide and teach team in utilizing Lean tools and methods (e.g. cycle time/time studies, job analysis, standardized work charts, 5 Why, etc) to seek out operational improvement opportunities (e.g. scrap, downtime, waste elimination etc.) within the division.
  • Oversees Operational Validation / Cardboard City exercises in Launch/New Process Activities
  • Oversees the gathering and analyzing of data to establish root cause of issues/problems and presents finding and recommendations to management.
  • Develop Standardized work for daily plant operations.
  • Oversees the implementation of problem solutions; and new and/or improved standards within the division including but not limited to communicating results, training and coaching team associates.
  • Supports Mafact Pillar (Logistics) and implements system improvements in line with Mafact Principles.

Cost Savings & Continuous Improvements lead

  • Lead annual cost savings objectives for plant.
  • Track KPI’s for Cost savings.
  • Tracking and creation of annual Continuous Improvement Project binders.
  • Lead team in Cross functional lessons learned and proof for Magna systems “MaFact” that we are capturing ideas from other divisions annually 


  • Ensures all Company policies, procedures, plant standards and safety rules are consistently adhered to.
  • Supports and enforces the principles of the Employee Charter, Company goals and objectives, and decisions and policies by taking ownership and communicating these in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Displays a positive attitude towards safety, works safely and follows all the Company's safety policies and procedures.
Key Qualifications/Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or physical demands required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


Education/Certification/Licensure:   A technical undergraduate degree or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience. A high level of analytical ability is required to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must be proficient with computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.


Experience:  Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience with Kaizen/Lean principles in an automotive manufacturing facility. Focused experience with Material Conveyance in launching environment of a high-complexity products helpful.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  Good written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in Excel, Power Point and Word. Good basic mathematical skills. Team oriented, communicates well with others, and able to interact with people at all levels and departments.  Detailed oriented. Excellent problem resolution skills.  Demonstrated leadership skills. Ability to work independently under general supervision.

Additional Information
  • Leads by example, knows when to coach and when to counsel team members.
  • Develops team by mentoring and teaching various continuous improvement methods.
  • Ability to lead positive sustainable change across multiple departments and processes.
  • Proficient at facilitating diverse teams from various cultures and differing personalities.
  • Drives for results by pushing themselves and their team to exceed goals and raise the standards.
  • Understands Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Maintains Value Stream Map to recognize CI opportunities in a manufacturing process.
  • Basic knowledge of Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.
  • Basic knowledge of MODAPTS or MOST time study tools.
  • Proficient working knowledge of problem solving disciplines.
  • Displays a positive attitude towards safety, works safely and follows all the Company's safety policies and procedures.



  • Complies with all Health, Safety and Environmental standards in accordance with the Magna Employee Charter, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Michigan Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  • Ensures all employees and visitors have a safe environment in that safety and housekeeping standards are maintained; and all hazards, unsafe actions, or unsafe conditions have been identified, corrected, and/or eliminated.
  • Reports injuries, accidents, illnesses, near misses and property damage immediately to management.
    • If there is reason to believe that any equipment, or physical condition of the workplace is likely to endanger the employee or co-worker, or is in contravention of OSHA and MISOHA, notify management immediately.
    • If there is any reason to believe that any equipment, physical condition of the workplace or assigned task is likely to jeopardize customer’s requirements, internal requirements or the quality of tests results and/or equipment build, notify management immediately.
    • Authorities as detailed in our Quality System for ISO/TS16949 2009 including but not limited to Corrective and Preventative Actions, Control of Documents, Control of Records, Internal Audits and Control of Nonconformance.
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