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Material Handling Area Leader

Job Number:  47007
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  LMV Automotive Systems
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


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

Manage the Shipping, Receiving and Material Handling Functions at LMV Automotive Systems.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Continue development and revisions of VSM (Value Stream Map) to identify opportunities for improvement in Material Flow.
  2. Define and recalculate Kanban sizes for each component between Supermarkets and shop floor as required.
  3. Monitor performance of Kanban levels and take pro-active actions to solve problems and mitigate risk attributable to these levels and the corresponding assembly cells. 
  4. Interact closely with Production, Engineering and Quality to effectively plan and execute Kanban requirements to support Plant requirements. 
  5. Coordinates and implements effective material handling techniques to assure material availability while achieving defined Kanban levels.
  6. Cycle counts as required.
  7. Responsible for shop floor communication systems execution.
  8. Maintain WMS and Kanban functionality updates in ERP.
  9. Responsible for mobile equipment in the Plant such as forklifts, tuggers, dollies, etc.
  10. Approve changes in Kanban levels.
  11. Conducts material handling and flow analysis; responsible for material flow within the plant, plant layouts, new equipment layout and warehousing requirements.
  12. Conduct pre-shift meetings to review indicators, open issues and concerns as well as communicate quality alerts.
  13. Develop Team Members through coaching and mentoring.
  14. Establish and maintain effective communications with all departments.
  15. Participate in manpower planning and recruiting.
  16. Promote accountability through application of the progressive discipline policy.
  17. Ensure training for Team Members as outlined in the training matrix.
  18. Conduct accident / incident investigations.
  19. Control Kanban cycles, coordinate and organize annual inventory counts for assigned area/division as required.
  20. Responsible for the coordination of all engineering change activities on the shop floor impacting material flow.
  21. Assure that 5S activities are conducted daily and necessary communication is in place for the handling of special projects or situations.
  22. Assure that work instructions are available and current for all job positions. 
  23. Follows and supports LMV Automotive Supply’s  and Magna’s operating principles, including:
    • Magna Employee Charter – Operating under its principles by treating all employees equally, fairly and with dignity and respect.
    • Open Door Policy – Solves issues with two-way, open and friendly communication.
    • 5S – Maintains and promotes good housekeeping by following the philosophy “Everything has a place. Everything in its place”.
    • Safety First - Obey the plant’s safety rules and procedures by wearing PPE at all times and immediately addressing all safety concerns.  Promotes an environment where zero injuries are the expected standard.
    • Company quality and environmental policies.
    • Core values – Treat all employees equally, fairly, with dignity and respect, without favoritism in accordance with company values.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:
Material Handlers
Cycle Counters
Logistics Clerks

Key Qualifications/Requirements

Education and/or Experience:  

  1. Bachelor’s degree and/or 6 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Thoroughly knowledgeable in Lean Manufacturing, Inventory Management, Kanban, JIT and Logistics manufacturing high volume tangible goods.
  3. APICS certification desired.
  4. Proficient with Microsoft Office programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Strong skills in Value Steam Mapping.
  2. Strong analytical skills, excellent at managing data at the detail level.
  3. Business acumen and ability to exercise sound judgment in the course of executing daily responsibilities.
  4. Creative thinker, able to implement and/or lead process improvement activity.
  5. RFID knowledge in implementation and operation.
  6. Able to address and resolve ambiguity; prioritize, multi-task and work independently.
  7. Proficient in leading pull implementations at various levels of the Supply Chain (External and Internal Suppliers).
  8. High Experience working with FIFO, PFEP, and other Lean or continuous improvements concepts and practices are highly desired; prefer candidates who have previous experience with kaizens.

Additional Information

Physical Demands:
General factory environment with occasional expectations of the employee functional job description

Environmental Conditions:
General factory environment

Environmental, Health & Safety:

  1. Support and comply with all TS16949 & ISO14001 procedures and work instructions.
  2. Support a safe and healthful work environment that is free of recognized hazards for all employees, contractors and visitors.
  3. Cooperate with all local, state and federal agencies, such as OSHA or the EPA, in the event of an inspection.
  4. Know and follow all applicable EH&S Policies and Procedures.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City

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