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Production Manager

Job Number:  10323
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Cosma USA Group Office
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Detroit, MI, US, 48212

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

To manage the department through supervising the activities of assigned personnel, and ensuring successful completion of all awarded tool programs, engineering changes and engineering projects.

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. This position will be for a new greenfield facility located in southeast Michigan.

Key Responsibilities

• Manage all facility activities and personnel reporting to this position
• Maintain effective communication and coordination with all internal customers, plant management and associates; maintain positive employee relations; listen to issues and concerns and respond (C48) 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
• Oversee and direct Engineering associates in safe, quality-minded and productive manner with a sense of urgency to attain production priorities as scheduled
• Support new program launches
• Provide motivation and results-oriented environment
• Determine, achieve, and improve productivity, quality, environmental, health and safety goals
• Conduct performance evaluations of Engineering staff as specified by company goals
• Manage awarded tool programs, engineering changes and engineering projects to successful outcomes
• Administer Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) to customer standards
• Review all incoming drawings, CAD data, sketches, EWO’s, Fastrackers, etc., effecting current and awarded business
• Quote all engineering changes for impact to piece cost, tool cost and program timing
• Manage tooling program cost accounting
• Complete customer correspondence and act as liaison with customer buyers, engineers and quality personnel as required
• Interface with tooling vendors and material suppliers directly and through tooling engineers
• Report on status of departmental projects as required
• Ensure all employee documentation is maintained
• Champion quote teams to respond to customer requests for quotes
• Lead Continuous Improvement Team
• Interface and collaborate with all other departments to produce best quality product at least possible cost
• Approve all tooling related purchase orders prior to release of work
• Approve all tooling related invoices prior to payment
• Complete correspondence, forms and reports via applicable software programs
• Handle confidential information on a regular basis
• Participate in Continual Improvement activities
• Encourage safety and housekeeping practices and lead by example
• Promote and facilitate Open Door process without reprisal, effective communication and Fair Treatment
• Adhere to customer requirements, Business Operating System and company policies
• Perform other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications/Requirements

• Able to demonstrate understanding of how job performance affects product quality and customer satisfaction
• Able to determine manufacturing feasibility of automotive stampings and assemblies from their piece part drawings
• Able to concept complex and cost effective stamping dies, MIG welding, spot welding, and assembly tooling for automotive parts and assemblies, such as pillars, root rails, rear suspension cross members, bumper impact beams, transmission supports, etc.
• Strong hands-on, day-to-day operational and troubleshooting skills
• Able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures
• Good communication skills including ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, employees, suppliers and customers
• Able to maintain confidentiality, and use discretion and tact
• Able to manage and schedule multiple priorities and meet deadlines
• Able to work flexible hours to be available to three (3) shifts
• Able to use computer and software as required

Education and Experience

• 3 years of technical maintenance or electrical controls experience required
• Tool Designer with experience in designing dies, fixtures, inspection gages, and/or special machines preferred
• Minimum 10 years of experience in the automotive industry
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in managing/leading people - automated assembly department preferred
• Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
• Quality Function Development (QFD)
• Design for Manufacturing (DFM)/Design for Assembly (DFA)
• Value Engineering (VE)
• Design of Experiments (Taguchi and classical)
• Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA/PFMEA, etc.)
• Simulation Techniques
• Reliability Engineering Plans
• Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Additional Information
  • Includes office and manufacturing plant
  • 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
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