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Purchasing Manager

Job Number:  20333
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Inc. - Bld1
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, AL, US, 35215





Job Number: 20333 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Inc. - Bld1 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Birmingham 




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.

 KAMTEK is a premier Tier 1, automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in Class “A” Stamping, Assembly and High Pressure Die Casting that produces Body-side and Door Openings, Roofs, Floor Pans, Wheelhouses, Large Welded Assemblies, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Lift-gates, Aluminum Shock Towers, and Aluminum Rear Rails. Our capabilities include the manufacturing of Class “A” Body Panels along with Medium/Large Stampings, Large Assemblies and Aluminum Stampings and Assemblies, and Aluminum High Pressure Vacuum Die Casting to our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Mer¬cedes Benz, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW and Freightliner. As a local distributor and supplier, Kamtek’ s market segmentation to Cosma International, (a division of MAGNA INTERNATIONAL) provides a “state-of-the-art” product that utilizes the most technologically advanced Pressing processes in order to maintain a competitive advantage to other OEM’s within the market. Our company’s culture of team spirit & mutual respect with a focus on fair treatment helps us to embrace our multi-cultural affiliation with Magna International, and supports our mission through process efficiency and competitive product pricing. Furthermore, the culture at Kamtek focuses on Job Security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment. We offer Employee Equity and Profit Participation programs which increase our employees’ ownership within the company. Kamtek, part of Cosma International and a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments - North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa). Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.


Role Summary

To direct and lead the department in the bidding, negotiation and best price procurement for direct purchases of Raw Material, MRO, Products and Services through effective purchasing and negotiations practices within the Purchasing Department. Protect the business plan from a Purchasing Department perspective.  Plan future business from a Purchasing Department point of view.

Key Responsibilities

The Purchasing Manager is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all activities, supporting the Steering Team, Managers, and all Departments within the Company in matters regarding Purchasing needs, policy application, employee relations, and continuous improvement related to the department functions.  The Purchasing Manager will have direct and indirect responsibility for all Company purchases, and service contracts.  Under the general direction of the General Manager, the Department Leader has ongoing contacts both internally and externally and must combine his/her technical, human and conceptual skills to plan, control and lead the team toward meeting divisional objectives.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  1. Ensure weekly safety talks in pre-shift meetings are being conducted with team members signing safety training roster
  2. Support Joint Health & Safety Committee and respond to all issues for resolution within 21 days
  3. Annually conduct PPE Assessments and Job Hazard Analysis
  4. Review the Health & Safety Dashboard weekly
  5. Understand and promote Magna’s philosophies and the Employee’s Charter.
  6. Develop, and foster strong working relations with individuals, teams, and overall department; carry out performance assessments, establish developmental/training requirements of Purchasing Team; and implement corrective measures if required in order to sustain effectiveness of services provided
  7. Responsible for the Supplier Rating Performance and Supplier Development actions.
  8. Responsible for the implementation of adequate professional purchasing practices in all purchasing related issues.
  9. Develop long term budget plan for Purchasing Department to control the expenditure, regarding Raw material, MRO components, and services to assist the Company and the Steering Team to achieve financial targets and objectives.
  10. Develop programs for Cost Savings and Cost Avoidance tracking, continuous improvement, establish procedures and job training.
  11. Participate in short and long-term supplier price reduction initiatives with engineering and materials in order to optimize products being purchases as well as reducing cost from the supply chain flow

Additional Information

SKILL (Ability to do the job)

  • Must have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, mediation, and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and establish goals and deadlines for self and team
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet departmental and KAMTEK’s needs
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to be a good judge of character, listen effectively, and analyze individuals
  • Ability to multi-task with accuracy
  • Ability to act as a resource to KAMTEK team members regarding policies, legislation, principles of the Employee’s charter, etc.
  • Direct Materials, Services and MRO purchasing experience knowledge required
  • Human resources skills and maturity in judgment required

02--Business Development, Sales, Marketing F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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