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Buyer/Sr. Buyer

Job Number:  67842
Group:  Magna Seating
Division:  Magna Seating Novi
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Novi, MICHIGAN, US, 48375

Work Style: 



Job Number: 67842 
Group: Magna Seating  
Division: Magna Seating Novi 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: NOVI 
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

Magna is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of seating structures, foam and trim, mechanisms, and complete seats for global automotive, heavy truck and bus industries. Seating is at the center of the consumer vehicle experience and our seating solutions are developed from consumer research, prioritizing comfort, convenience and connectivity.


About the Role

Responsible for the purchase of assigned materials, supplies, and equipment for a program team in accordance with company policies and procedures in order to meet company objectives.  Provides resource knowledge, recommendations, and direction to program teams.  Generally, completes the following duties and responsibilities with the support of senior purchasing personnel and/or purchasing management.

Your Responsibilities

•    Establishes a workable bill of material, when applicable, and part delivery for multiple programs with the Program Engineers, Program Manager, and Project Coordinator.
•    Receives purchase orders requisitions from engineering with description, all pertinent information and CAD data.
•    Recommends suppliers and secures competitive quotes from a minimum of three suppliers for components required for the build.
•    Evaluates all quotes received against competitive quotes, surrogate parts from past programs and history.
•    Maintains the Approved Supplier list, Supplier Surveys and Supplier Performance Reports on an annual basis.  Evaluates on an ongoing basis, new and approved suppliers.
•    Prepares and maintains all necessary information pertaining to the quotations for the program teams review for supplier selection if required.
•    Issue Purchase orders, when applicable, and obtain required approvals from the engineering management, Controller and General Manager using the electronic purchase order system.
•    Notifies suppliers of new business, sets up and attends engineering and quality reviews.  Evaluates supply base of supplier for capacity, quality, responsiveness and competiveness.
•    Maintains and update procedures, work instructions and forms for Purchasing as required for ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949.
•    Report Purchasing issues, requirements, obstacles and cost savings to management and Program team.
•    Analyze piece cost and tool cost variances and negotiates pricing with suppliers where necessary.
•    Manages and reconciles issues of quality, timing and cost/product changes between the Company and suppliers.
•    Responsible for the prevention of open commercial issues with suppliers; anticipate, identify and lead resolution of commercial issues, which arise.
•    Responsible for addressing supplier issues raised by Program Management and Engineering; support Supplier Quality personnel in the resolution of component quality and overall continuous improvement of supplier performance.
•    Supports Internal / External Audit efforts regarding ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949 Certification for remote site location (Group Office).
•    Supports the requirements as detailed in the 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.

Who we are looking for

Your preferred qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree (or bachelor’s equivalency) in Business Administration or related field or combination of equivalent education and experience.

Experience/Special Knowledge/Skills

  • Three (3) years preferred experience in purchasing or procurement position.
  • Working knowledge of material conversion for production, including cost, timing, suitability, feasibility of various materials, tooling and manufacturing methods.
  • Ability to manage, negotiate cost and timing with suppliers.
  • Strong communication skills:  verbal and written and technical presentations.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully coordinate and complete multiple tasks within and across departments to meet established and changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated successful performance with independent problem solving, presentations and leadership.
  • Basic competency in CAD.
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

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: Detroit

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