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Strategic Commodity Buyer

Job Number:  47443
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 47443 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: NOVI 


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.


Mission of the Position

Develop and implement commodity strategies for all divisions within Magna Lighting North America in the assigned commodities.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement commodity strategies in assigned commodities (technology, footprint, quality, economics, supply base reduction / consolidation, etc.)
  • Lead the qualification & development of new suppliers and the exit of outgoing suppliers
  • In coordination with Operational Purchasing, develop and execute divisional cost savings initiatives & risk
    mitigation strategies on existing business to achieve annual savings budgets
  • Utilize a total cost approach to optimizing piece prices for new and existing business in the assigned
    commodities. Tactics to include program bundling, global sourcing & leverage, dual sourcing, tariff & USMCA duty
    mitigation, specification / tolerance / material changes, process optimization, VAVE, logistics & packaging
    optimization, payment term improvement.
  • Minimize collective risk thru favorable raw material, currency adjustment mechanisms
  • Assist Magna Lighting divisions in establishing Nomination Letters and supplier giveback terms
  • Become expert in your defined space, able to understand and communicate micro and macroeconomic influences and develop strategies to either mitigate or benefit. Able to fully understand and communicate the complete cost
    structure of each supplier, including capital investment & its amortization, utilization rates, spare capacity,
    incoming raw material, etc.
  • Able to construct complex excel models for estimating and simulating any business issue
  • Manage the relationship with each supplier thru regular business & roadmap reviews and disciplined contract
    management (NDA, Terms & Conditions, Nominations Letters, Settlement Agreements, etc.)
  • Work in a cross functional team in support of the assigned commodities, including Program Management,
    Engineering, Production Control and Logistics, Supplier Quality Development and Quality departments
  • Keep senior Magna Lighting management informed of critical issues through clear and concise communications
  • Follow Magna’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and related compliance policies
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned


Magna Standards

  • Practice and maintain integrity while following Magna’s Charter and Constitution.
  • Follow Magna’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and related compliance policies.
  • Supports and adheres to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality
    management system (IATF).
  • Drive the development of new technologies to improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures to ensure duties of self are performed in a safe manner.
  • Health & Safety responsibilities:
  • Understand applicable Environmental, Health & Safety policies and procedures in the workplace.
    Report unsafe conditions immediately.
  • Report injuries, accidents, illnesses, near misses, property damage immediately.
  • Follow safety rules.
  • Comply with requirements for the use or operation of machines or equipment.
  • Comply with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Create a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional/technical knowledge.
  • Develop and maintain a responsive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external customers.
  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust and respect.
  • Complete additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Customers and Business Interfaces

  • Purchasing
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Program Management
  • Manufacturing 


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, engineering, business, or related discipline
  • 5-10 years' progressive experience in Purchasing field preferably in an automotive / manufacturing environment.
  • Previous Lighting commodity experience including but not limited to: electronics, wire harnesses, resin, injection molding, fasteners, assemblies
  • Must be very familiar with IATF 16949 and ISO 14001 standards
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, approximately 20% of the time


Work Environment

  • 20% travel required

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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