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Capital Buyer

Job Number:  21680
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Belleville, ON, CA Plymouth, MI, US, 48170





Job Number: 21680 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Belleville, Plymouth 



Group Description

The Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop advanced automotive lighting technologies, Magna Lighting's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.


Role Summary

Independently purchases, evaluates and makes supplier recommendations of Capital Equipment for the Lighting division to meet cost, quality, and strategic company objectives.  Defines and implements sourcing and negotiation strategies.  Provides resource knowledge, recommendations and direction to plant engineers and program teams.  Generally, completes the following duties and responsibilities with the support of Purchasing Management.

Key Responsibilities

•    Generally assigned to mid to complex commodities (e.g. Automated welding and assembly lines, Presses, end of line test equipment and related tooling) and responsibility for multiple similar type commodities. 
•    Actively negotiates commercial, legal and logistics terms and contracts of equipment with suppliers in accordance with company policies and procedures in order to meet company objectives and recommends negotiation strategies at the executive level.
•    Develops and utilizes thorough knowledge of capital equipment types, supplier cost structures (e.g. raw materials components, fixed costs for labor, mark-up contributions, sub-component material costs, logistics, historical costs of products, etc.) and Regional & Global cost competitiveness to achieve cost reduction and avoidance objectives in accordance with standard operating procedures.   
•    Assists in creating capital equipment supplier strategies to achieve company and program cost reduction objectives utilizing knowledge of capital equipment types, standard industry cost drivers and negotiations. Candidates should have a good understanding of global costing knowledge.  Obtains requirements from suppliers at the lowest cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source and urgency of need.
•    Manages and drives supply base cost reduction activity including but not limited to status through market test, support creation of cost libraries of equipment types and drives and supports VA/VE activities (including global sourcing, low-cost country supplier development and creating opportunities to drive cost and waste from the sourcing strategy.)
•    Maintains supplier information regarding product and/or service quality, comparability of like products or services, cost factors, varying warranties, specification requirements, vendor reliability, contracts, technology, and capacity.
•    Studies global market trends relative to specific commodity components.  Interviews vendors and recommends sources of supply.  Keeps up with market and product developments.  Locate new sources of supply both locally, regionally and globally. Maintains technical knowledge specific to the assigned commodity through various sources, including but not limited to trade shows, professional organizations and publications.
•    Creates and supports cost model development for capital equipment types. 
•    Effectively manages supplier relationships.  Assists with the resolution of problems in supplier performance and initiates and supports supplier performance review meetings (SPR).
•    Supports all reporting systems, methods and KPI’s, metrics for measurement of successes within the role. 
•    Ensures sourcing is in line with commodity strategies and supports the program teams as required in resolving pricing or supplier performance issues. 
•    Consults and collaborates with personnel in various engineering, purchasing, and costing activities relative to commodity requirements. Conducts effective communications within the project team and the customer, supplier, manufacturing and quality communities with guidance from purchasing management and senior purchasing personnel. Maintains all appropriate documentation.
•    Responsible for maintaining approved supplier list for given commodity types.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

•    Bachelor’s degree (or bachelor’s equivalency) in Business Administration or related field; or combination of equivalent education and related work experience.
•    Five (5) to Eight (8) years preferred diversified purchasing of capital equipment, supplier development or related experience.
•    Specialized knowledge in specific capital equipment commodities. Specifically, Machine Press, assembly systems, related Tooling, Check Fixtures and testing equipment. 
•    Ability to apply quantitative analysis skills with a solid understanding of material, labor, burden structures, and cost drivers.
•    Ability to develop and implement comprehensive commodity strategies to reduce costs and ensure effective supplier performance.
•    Basic knowledge of finance principles as it relates to program profitability, budget and EBIT.
•    Knowledge and experience in using cost reduction tools including global sourcing, VA/VE, Kaizen. 
•    Working knowledge of statistical methods, i.e. APQP, DFSS.
•    Product knowledge in automotive parts or material commodities.
•    Strong communication skills: verbal and written.
•    Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within and across departments to meet established and changing deadlines.
•    Demonstrated successful performance with independent problem solving.
•    Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

Additional Information

Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer, may require travel.

09--Supply Chain F--Permanent/Regular 

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