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World Class Manufacturing Lead

Job Number:  65443
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Division:  Polycon
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Guelph, ONTARIO, CA, N1H 1A4

Work Style: 



Job Number: 65443 
Group: Magna Exteriors  
Division: Polycon 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: GUELPH 
Work Style:  


About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.

Recognized globally as an innovator in all aspects of vehicle exteriors, Magna provides everything needed, from materials development and design through manufacturing and assembly, to help automakers create sleek, state-of-the-art vehicles across the world.


About the Role

The World Class Manufacturing Lead, (WCM), will support and drive culture change to achieve a World Class Manufacturing environment and encourage creative and innovative thinking.

Salary range; $75 - $90,000 annually

Magna offers excellent Medical and Dental Benefits; 90% coverage + $2,000/year for dental coverage, Profit Sharing, Gym on-site, Education assistance, Employee barbecue, Magna employee discounts for products and services.  


Your Responsibilities

-    Conduct value stream mapping, process mapping, time studies and production audits. 
-    Initiate, drive and implement change. 
-    Lead focused improvement activities to drive improvements through lean manufacturing. 
-    Provide coaching and training to employees in WCM methodologies and tools.
-    Provide leadership to teams throughout the plant promoting employee engagement. 
-    Be a role model to create an environment of trust, participation and accountability. 
-    Identify best practices to simplify and standardize work to deliver improved performance. 
-    Assist with WCM project management and evaluate “what if” changes to operational processes.
-    Identify opportunities & advise on appropriate training and coaching to improve systems. 
-    Perform time studies and collect appropriate data. 
-    Facilitates problem solving and continuous improvement in all areas of production.   
-    Help determine priorities for process improvements that impact production and business results. 
-    Encourage creative and innovative thinking. 
-    Ability to effectively initiate and implement change. 
-    Internal and External Audits (MAFACT, TS/IATF, Health and Safety, 5S)  
-    Perform other duties as assigned.

Who we are looking for

  • Strong ability to initiate, drive and implement change.
  •  Lead focused improvement activities to drive improvements through lean manufacturing, coaching and training to employees in WCM methodologies and tools.
  • Extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing principles.

Your preferred qualifications

-    Completion of post-secondary education in Engineering or a related field required.
-    Minimum three years of experience in a large fast-paced manufacturing environment required. 
-    Experience communicating with all levels of employees including management.
-    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
-    Strong interpersonal and presentation skills. 
-    Extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing principles. 
-    High level of mathematical and analytical skills. 
-    Strong leadership skills with the ability to coach, mentor, build and lead effective teams. 
-    Excellent negotiation skills and attention to detail. 
-    Computer literate (Microsoft Office).
-    Proficiency in AutoCAD an asset. 




Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.

Candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Records Check and, if deemed necessary, a Credit Check as part of the candidate selection process.

What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.

Site Benefits

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.

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