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Assistant Purchasing Manager

Job Number:  42671
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  CCMi
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


Group Description

Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


Role Summary

Summary of Responsibilities
To provide purchasing support to all other departments to ensure customer satisfaction and projects are completed timely.

Overall management of the Purchasing Department, including supplier materials as well as the overall management of all activities within the crib and its processes.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and essential duties required to successfully perform this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Key Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all facility activities and personnel reporting to this position
  • Plan, organize and carry out purchasing program to ensure quality materials, parts, sub-assemblies and components are obtained at the lowest prices with expeditious delivery, and best possible terms and maintains updated lists of suppliers
  • Source and select suppliers and vendors, negotiate prices, analyze quotations and award purchase orders
  • Develop detailed specifications for products purchased and ensure specifications are met by suppliers
  • Expedite deliveries of purchased material, adjust and settle complaints and approve supplier invoices for payment;  may engage in freight negotiations
  • Maintain effective communication and coordination with all internal customers, plant managements and associates; maintain positive employee relations; listen to issues and concerns and respond within 48 hours
  • Follow the principles of the Magna Employee Charter
  • Promote and practice “safety first” by immediately addressing any hazards, defective equipment or unsafe conditions within the department, manufacturing floor and work stations
  • When purchasing new material, work with Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator to ensure that all new material coming in are safe
  • Work closely with the Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator as necessary to ensure safe and healthful working conditions
  • Ensure audits are completed for Health, Safety and Environmental
  • Support new program launches and make improvements in the Division’s CMS system
  • Determine, achieve and improve productivity, quality, environmental, health and safety goals
  • Determine obsolete stock and remove from inventory
  • Report on status of departmental projects as required
  • Complete correspondence, forms and reports in Microsoft Office and other programs
  • Handle confidential information on a regular basis
  • Conduct performance evaluations of Purchasing staff as specified by company goals
  • Encourage safety and housekeeping practices and lead by example
  • Promote and facilitate Open Door Process without reprisal, effective communication and Fair Treatment
  • Participate in Continual Improvement activities
  • Ensure all purchased material and components meet quality standards
  • Maintain all pricing contract records
  • Adhere to customer requirements, Business Operating System and company policies
  • Ensure all MP&L systems and processes are in compliance with Federal, State and local regulations. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications/Requirements



  • Able to demonstrate understanding of how job performance affects product quality and customer satisfaction
  • Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, employees, suppliers, and customers
  • Able to work well with others; build and maintain positive employee relations
  • Able to prepare, read and interpret written reports, instructions, procedures and guidelines
  • Able to communicate in front of an audience during training and/or meetings
  • Able to work flexible and additional hours as needed
  • Able to maintain confidentiality, and use discretion and tact
  • Able to manage and schedule multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Able to use computer and software as required
  • Able to calculate figures and amounts, such as percentages and proportions & negotiate
  • Must be able to understand written instructions

Additional Information

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8+ years of progressively more responsible logistics/materials/production control and inventory leadership experience in high volume stamping/welding manufacturing operation and at least 5 years purchasing experience required
  • Honest with high integrity
  • Excellent human management skills
  • Excellent computer skills to include thorough knowledge of MRP systems

Work Environment

  • Includes office and manufacturing plant. Plant floor characterized by temperature extremes, loud noise and considerable motor traffic
  • Must be able to perform all essential functions as appropriate on the plant floor, in meetings, and with employees of all departments, management, customers and suppliers 
  • Provide support for three shifts and weekend production schedule
  • Flexible hours and able to work additional hours as required
  • Must be available for international business travel as necessary

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Battle Creek
Nearest Secondary Market: Kalamazoo

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