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Supply Chain Specialist

Job Number:  46970
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Magna Mirrors Newaygo
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 46970 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Magna Mirrors Newaygo 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: NEWAYGO 


Group Description

The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.


Role Summary

Analyzes corporate transportation and warehousing methods and procedures to develop the most economically advantageous and efficient means of receiving products from our suppliers.  Procures and oversees external truck transportation services and ensures compliance with US and local transportation regulations.  Identifies and implements consolidation efforts to ensure that most economical means of shipping are utilized for all inbound material.  Conducts ongoing review of all milk runs and adjusts as needed to maintain lowest cost option. Evaluates all oversea ocean shipments to ensure optimal container utilization on quarterly basis.  Reviews ocean freight costs on monthly basis for review with each of divisions. Audits SSUI on monthly basis for any exceptions to standard shipping practice and works with divisions on corrective actions when exceptions occur. Sources and monitors all external warehousing to ensure most competitive options is utilized.  Identify and implement improvement plans for all shipments between Mirror divisions to increase utilization and reduce number of shipments.  Conducts analysis on cost/benefit of external warehousing. Champion overall inbound freight cost reduction efforts across the divisions.  Monitor and drive supply base to on time delivery scores. Monitor / Track and eliminate component stock-outs.

Key Responsibilities

Work is complex and difficult in character and requires strong supply chain background and broad business knowledge in addition to data analysis skills.  Work involves independent problem solving and decision making with general direction given on project objectives and broad guidance from corporate strategy and goals.  Exercises considerable latitude in determining specific project objectives and approaches to assignment.  Involves close collaboration with division materials management and purchasing teams.  


  • Analyzes corporate transportation and distribution methods and procedures to develop and utilize the most economically advantageous and efficient means of receiving product. Procures and oversees external truck fleet/transportation services.   Manages offsite warehouse storage / Milk runs
  • Manages and sources ocean transportation for Mirrors NA to optimize costs, inventory, and container utilization.  Ensures compliance with US and international regulations.  Creates and monitors an “Ocean burn-out” data base to ensure on-time ocean deliveries / containers / rail / truck
  • Evaluates all the Mirrors NA milk run truck shipments on monthly basis and makes adjustments as needed to frequency and timing of pickups.
  • Leads the cost reduction efforts for inbound freight and closely works with materials and purchasing teams at each division to implement savings projects.
  • Conducts analysis on total warehouse cost both internal and external and recommends improvements to divisions.
  • Monitors supply base for On-time delivery and creates tracking reports to share with cross-function teams.
  • Drives supply base to on-time delivery by using a scoring system.
  • Monitors and tracks purchased component stock-outs to drive elimination.
  • Continually creates / implements cost savings solutions around full Supply Chain Value Stream.


Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum of Associates Degree strongly recommended
  • Always conducts business activities in a professional manner with neutrality and fairness.
  • Strong Excel / Computer skills required.   Database creation and monitoring required.
  • Minimum five years professional level experience in the areas of Supply Chain / Logistics.
  • Demonstrated broad understanding of transportation principles, practices, and procedures.  Possesses specific knowledge in areas of transportation, warehousing, and container utilization.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, recommend, and implement changes/improvements.  Demonstrated ability to design and implement internal and external transportation strategies.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts when performing job duties.




  • Strong initiative; sense of ownership and responsibility.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills.
  • Solid problem- solving skills.
  • Strong computer / excel / database skills.
  • Able to adapt quickly in a changing environment
  • Able to handle overseas communication – some during evening / night / after work hours

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Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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