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Lean Materials Engineer - Highland Park

Job Number:  61502
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Division:  Norplas Industries Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Northwood, OHIO, US, 43619

Work Style: 

About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

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.


About the Role

•    To exhibit teamwork skills and actively participate in team activities in a positive working environment.
•    To demonstrate problem solving skills in a work environment that is striving for continuous improvement.
•    To follow Company policies and display conduct expected of Norplas employees as described in the employee handbook.
•    Adhere to all safety and health objectives, policies and procedures of Norplas to provide for a safe and healthful workplace.  Work in a safe manner at all times and report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor in order that the situation can be corrected.  Report all accidents and near misses in a timely manner when they occur.


Your Responsibilities

Initial Storage Layouts:
•    Analyze the available warehouse space and create optimized layouts for efficient storage and retrieval of parts and materials, including location labeling standardization.
•    Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including production, procurement, and supply chain, to understand their requirements and ensure the storage layouts are aligned with their needs.
•    Incorporate lean principles such as minimizing waste in the layout design to enhance efficiency and productivity.
PFEPs (Parts for Every Part):
•    Develop and maintain PFEPs for the entire product range, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information on part numbers, quantities, suppliers, lead times, and other relevant data.
•    Establish and enforce location labeling standards for inventory management, ensuring consistent and easy identification of parts and materials.
•    Collaborate with procurement and supply chain teams to optimize stock levels based on demand, production schedules, and space constraints.


Who we are looking for

•    Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, logistics, or a related field. 
•    Four years of directly related work experience may be substituted in lieu of degree.


Your preferred qualifications

•    Proven experience in logistics engineering, warehouse management, or related roles in a manufacturing environment.
•    Strong knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, including 5S, Kaizen, JIT, and kanban.
•    Proficiency in layout design software and tools (e.g., AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or similar).
•    Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an ability to identify process inefficiencies and develop innovative solutions.
•    Strong communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
•    Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize effectively.


What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.

Site Benefits

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: Toledo

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