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Trim Cost Estimator Specialist

Job Number:  50458
Group:  Magna Seating
Division:  Magna Seating Novi
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 50458 
Group: Magna Seating  
Division: Magna Seating Novi 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: NOVI 

Group Description

Magna is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of high quality complete seating systems. Our solution includes seating structures, mechanisms and hardware, as well as foam and trim products for global automotive, heavy truck and bus industries. Our capabilities include market and consumer research; full concept development; design and engineering capabilities; testing, validation and world-class manufacturing. Our award-winning seating solutions are developed from consumer research, finding the ease of operation to be comfortable, convenient and connected.


Role Summary

Responsible for the development of all cost issues related to trim plants. Interacts with manufacturing facilities, engineering, program management and account managers to establish estimates of costs on trim.

Key Responsibilities

•    Analyzes all quote packages and develops costing on all components contained within the package.  Works closely with quote team, plant, engineering and purchasing personnel to establish required cost data. 
•    Verifies accuracy and finalizes quote packages.
•    Provides training to other costing personnel.  Functions as the local expert in one or more of the main automotive seating commodities or processes (Trim including nesting, cutting, sewing)
•    Develops and maintains cost reduction programs and establishes reporting formats based on trim requirements. Set targets and pricing to improve margins. 

•    Support plant controllers on ROS R&O calculations
•    Tracks, audits and compares actual tooling expenditures to the established budget as needed and reports the status on a regular basis
•    Provides cost impacts for engineering changes through the add/delete process. Tracks the standard costed bill of material that consists of: material cost, freight cost, labor cost, burden costs, and all customer formulated value-added.
•    Supports and justifies cost/pricing structure to the customer as required, under the direction of the department manager and with the coordination of Sales department.
•    Provides purchasing with Target Cost Goals.  Supports purchasing in evaluating vendor quotes.
•    Maintains trim pricing data and traceability. 
•    Supports Internal / External Audit efforts regarding ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949 Certification for remote site location (Group Office).
•    Supports the requirements as detailed in Standard Operating Procedure 8000 (Quality Management System).
•    Ensure employees work in the manner consistent with the organizations established objectives and targets utilizing protective equipment, devices, measures, and procedures as promulgated by state and federal regulations. Establish clear goals for workplace health and safety. Complete safety talks, safety meetings, and required training occur, as defined.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or bachelor’s equivalency) in accounting, finance, or engineering; or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in an automotive manufacturing/engineering related environment. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of practical experience in product costing environment.  
  • Extensive knowledge of product, design, manufacturing processes and procedures.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully coordinate and complete multiple tasks within established and changing deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills: verbal, written and technical presentations.
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.  CAD experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the main automotive seating commodities or processes (Trim including nesting, cutting, sewing; Structural products including stamping & welding; Foam Production; and JIT Assembly)
  • Demonstrated successful performance with independent problem solving.  Analytical skills to review and interpret data and make recommendations regarding costs.

Additional Information

Normal amount of sitting, standing, and walking. Average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer, may require travel. 

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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: Detroit

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