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Senior Manager - Global Category Management

Job Number:  9419
Group:  Magna Electronics
Division:  Magna Electronics Auburn Hills
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Auburn Hills, MI, US, 48326

Group Description


Magna’s ADAS technologies are shaping an autonomous future and improving lives.


Full autonomy is coming. But to create the technology which will bring it into view, you need the desire and ability to adapt complete ADAS systems or modular solutions to any vehicle, for any mobility need.


Magna’s electronics solutions connect OEMs to their customers with features that improve their lives. It’s our expertise across the entire vehicle, key strategic partnerships and culture of innovation that allow us to make our industry-leading technologies road-ready. And it is how we’ll continue to build a safer, smarter and more connected mobility experience for all people.


Role Summary

The global manager of Category Management reports to the Global Purchasing Director for Magna Electronics (ME) and is responsible for the global strategic sourcing (Category Management) activities. As a member of ME’s Global Purchasing Leadership Team the Global manager of Category Management is responsible for the development, alignment, implementation and ongoing maintenance of all global/regional category sourcing strategies. This manager will work closely with ME’s global purchasing team to optimize ME’s buying power and will closely collaborate with appropriate ME’s functions (e.g., Program Management, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing & Finance) in support of all business objectives.  

Key Responsibilities
  • Contributes to ME’s global purchasing strategy, ensuring support of all product group business requirements
  • Works closely with the business leaders to position the business for future growth, product transition, and product portfolio expansion.
  • Fully responsible for execution of defined strategic sourcing actions and ensure timely and effective communications within appropriate global/regional purchasing personnel.
  • Demonstrates leadership by establishing credibility; acting with integrity; showing and inspiring commitment; recruiting and retaining top talent, motivating and guiding the team to achieve strategic objectives & goals.
  • Leverages expertise and know how to improve Purchasing’s critical processes.
  • Creates and environment and know how to improve Purchasing critical processes.
  • Works effectively with Operations and Supply Chain Management to ensure the timely delivery of components, subassemblies, materials and services with best total cost and quality.
  • Ensures effective global operational and budget controls.
  • Leads the definition of the global and regional category strategies and the annual planning for PPV targets during the business planning.
Key Qualifications/Requirements
  • Knowledge of logistics, administrative processes, systems, industry best practices, standards and performance metrics.
  • Strong purchasing background with an emphasis on commodity management strategy development and execution.
  • Minimum of 10 years of both domestic and international operations experience supporting a world-class results oriented organization
  • Automotive experience strongly preferred.
  • 5 plus years of experience in a leadership role or 10+ years of leadership experience with a track record of progression. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a larger matrix organization, work collaboratively with colleagues, and get results through others.
  • Excellent skills and experience in strategic sourcing and complex contract negotiations in a manufacturing environment (dealing with OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers).
  • Experience with total quality manufacturing management and continual improvement. Experience in Lean Manufacturing environments is a plus.
Additional Information

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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