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Lead, Tool & Die

Job Number:  40673
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular





Job Number: 40673 
Group: Magna Exteriors  
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: HOLLAND 


Group Description

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.



Plans, organizes, and directs technical work involving new and existing tooling.  Translates design into prototype and production tooling and reviews tool design to ensure compliance with standards.  Documents all project activities.  Monitors and controls objectives, costs, and timetables of tool builds.  Serves as a resource to internal contacts by outsourcing and purchasing necessary tooling.  Maintains liaison with internal and external contacts.  Domestic and international travel required as needed. 



The activities listed below will be performed at all levels within the progression.  At level I, work is standard and performed under general supervision and assistance is furnished on unusual matters.  Work requires independently evaluating, selecting, and applying established and well defined engineering techniques and procedures.  Work requires some originality and ingenuity with instruction received on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions.  Performs detailed engineering assignments involving calculations and relatively standard tests.  Works on less complicated designs of specific components and equipment.  At level II, work is performed under minimal supervision and work direction.  Functioning as a highly competent engineer, work requires judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and adaptation of standard company procedures and translates technical guidance from higher level engineers into engineering data applicable to the particular assignment.  May provide work direction to other engineers.  Work is complex, broad, difficult in character, and requires program responsibility, thus ingenuity and evaluation is involved.  At level III, work is performed under little or no supervision.  Applying intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering and scientific principles; plans and performs a high degree engineering research, design, and development.  Plans, organizes, and directs complex assignments which are very broad in nature and require appreciable ingenuity and originality.  Researches, plans, and organizes complex assignments requiring development and implementation of new or improved techniques and procedures.  Work results in the development of new or refined equipment, materials, processes, products, scientific methods, etc.  Responsible for all aspects of assigned programs and makes decisions relating to program budget.  May supervise other engineers and appropriate staff.


  1. Plans, organizes, and directs technical work involving changes to existing tooling and new tooling.  Reviews requests from business units and makes sure there is adequate information and responds to customer needs by estimating tooling and labor costs, timing of project, etc.  Ensures customer satisfaction by meeting deadlines, adjusting costs by re-negotiating price and changing delivery and timing of tools.


  1. Designs and develops prototype and production tooling using technical tools in support of program objectives.


  1. Participates in design review activities.  Leads tooling design review activities by researching, reviewing, recommending, and updating new tooling design enhancements and standards.  Participates in review of product design to ensure critical characteristics are present in compliance with company and customer standards.  Must ensure that manufacturing requirements are met.


  1. Documents all responsibilities and/or activities in order to maintain accurate records of project accountabilities.  Updates charts to keep business units informed of project status.
  2. Serves as a resource to internal contacts by purchasing tooling and outsourcing tool builds.  Maintains liaison with individuals and units within and outside the company for specific assignments and general professional development.


  1. Monitors and controls objectives, costs, timetables of tool builds.  Evaluates suppliers following completion of projects.  Prepares cost and timing reports.


  1.        Assists in development and implementation of quality procedures, work instructions and standards.         

              Understands Magna Mirrors Holland’s quality policy and assures compliance with ISO/IATF systems.


  1. Performs other functions and assists other staff with projects as assigned.



Performs all work in compliance with Magna Mirrors – Holland Mirrors Safety and Environmental policies and procedures as well as all Federal, State and local laws. Understand the importance of conformance with all safety and environmental procedures of the environmental and safety management systems, including emergency response.

• Report any unsafe condition or action to his or her supervisor.

• Report any work-related injury to his or her supervisor within 8 hours.

• Never operate a machine or equipment until trained in the operating procedures, hazards, and safeguards and has been assigned to do so by the employer.

• Never remove, displace, destroy, or carry off any safeguard or interfere with the use by any other person.

• Use required personal protective equipment or devices where required.

• Understand your responsibility to the environmental programs, including ISO14001. Understand the actual or potential environmental consequences, when deviating from specified work instructions.

• Attend Environmental, Health and Safety training as required.



Level I

  1. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field plus minimum one year experience; or equivalent.  Experience in Design, Tooling, Project, or Program Engineering preferred to possess the skills necessary for successful performance of job duties.  Demonstrated understanding of manufacturing processes and production tooling required.


  1. Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills in order to effectively communicate with internal and external contacts when performing job duties.


  1. Demonstrated strong understanding of and ability to utilize computers for budget development, quotation requests, creation of reports, charts, graphs, etc. in response to business needs.  Must be able to use common technical tools and standard office equipment to perform job duties.


  1. Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, coordinate, integrate internal data, and articulate clearly.


Level II (in addition to above requirements) 

  1. Minimum three years experience in engineering with demonstrated broad and thorough understanding of tooling practices, procedures, principles.  Possesses specific knowledge, expertise, and is technically current in the tooling engineering field; or equivalent.


  1. Demonstrated creativity and ingenuity to work on long and short-term assignments which are broad in nature.  Project management skills on a medium scale to coordinate projects in accordance with departmental needs.


  1. Demonstrated ability to research and recommend new tooling enhancements at a general level.  Must have a basic understanding and ability to integrate work in several areas of technology.  Must be knowledgeable in tooling and processes.


  1. Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage conflicting needs, prioritize, and deal with many issues at one time. 


Level III (in addition to above requirements)

  1. Minimum ten years experience in Design, Tooling, Project, or Program Engineering.  Has thorough and complete understanding of tooling field and works at the highest technical level.  Must possess high degree of knowledge in tooling, processes, and materials.  Must be broadly familiar with technologies, products, customers, and programs. 


  1. Demonstrated ability to work on long-term assignments, broad in nature, using a high level of originality and ingenuity.  Operates with substantial latitude for unreviewed action or decision.


  1. Demonstrated ability to lead teams and manage complex projects in accordance with tooling needs.  Must have experience with past project financial responsibilities. 


  1. Demonstrated ability to thoroughly research and recommend new products and process and present information.

07--Operations F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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