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Purchasing Agent - MRO & Supplies

Job Number:  47562
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Drive Automotive
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular
Location: 

PIEDMONT, SOUTH CAROLINA, US, 29673

Purchasing Agent - MRO & Supplies

Role Summary

The individual is responsible to identify, initiate, negotiate, control and maintain external national and international sources to deliver uninterrupted material and services for the entire organization, within the boundaries of an established mandate.

The position level (Purchasing Agent) is based on skills, knowledge, abilities, experience, education, certification(s) and proven knowledge & positive performance in Automotive Industry, Services and MRO.

The Purchasing Agent is responsible to ensure that the Customer, People, and Investor goals are balanced and met.

Key Responsibilities

The individual shall conduct themselves in a manner that reflects honor, integrity and trust, promotes the core values and professionalism of the organization, and complies with the Magna Charter (employees, customers and shareholders).

The individual must be self-motivated, self-starting, and self-monitoring to ensure the continuous supply and availability of all, chemicals, tooling, MRO, capital equipment, protective equipment, office supplies & equipment, services and/or other items to satisfy the needs of all departments in the organization in accordance with an established mandate. 

Detailed tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Together with appropriate departments, compile the Bid Package (description, specification, performance indicators, targets, drawings, designs, Terms and Conditions, etc.) RFQ, RFP, RFO;
  • Prepare/Release Approved supplier List (Identify and manage potential and existing industry sources, facilitate relevant validations such as audits, background checks, site visits and supplier presentations);
  • Solicit bids and compile recommendations and conduct/participate the negotiation phase.
  • Lead negotiations and conclude contract establishment (Master Purchase Orders) in a timely manner.
  • Monitor performance delivery forecasts and takes action where required.
  • Reconcile variances between Purchase Order and invoice.
  • Perform other duties as required.

On an ongoing basis, the individual is responsible to:

  • Facilitate disputes between the Supplier and the organization.
  • Monitor markets and forecast appropriate changes that affect pricing, delivery and quality, compile relevant actions and recommendations to minimize negative market conditions and capitalize on positive market trends.
  • Identify and capitalize continuously cost savings opportunities.
  • Identify, validate and introduce process and product innovation from the supply industry into the organization.
  • Monitor Supplier Performance and take actions where required.
  • Monitor changing market conditions and perceptions and introduce relevant actions in the organization (diversity, environmental policy, corporate citizenship, etc).
  • Fulfill special projects and campaign assignment tasks and duties as assigned from time to time

Key Qualifications/Requirements

Communication Skills

Proficient in:

  • Intermediate proficiency in all Microsoft Office packages.
  • Intermediate proficiency in SAP MM and WM modules and related reporting modules
  • Reading, analyzing and interpreting general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and or governmental regulations.
  • Writing reports, business correspondence, and RFQs, RFPs, and RFIs.
  • Presenting information and responding to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Leading discussions, public speaking, meetings, presentations and forums.
  • Electronic Communication Means (telephone, e-mails, video conferencing, web conferencing, etc);


Mathematical Skills

Proficient in:

  • Mathematical concepts,
  • Concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions,
  • Standard Costing Techniques.
  • Metric and imperial measurement systems.

Ability to work with:

  • Financial transactions and concepts,
  • Statistical analyses.


Reasoning Ability

Proficient in:

  • Specification and Problem definition, data collection, fact determination, drawing valid conclusions, and formulating clear recommendations,
  • Quick interpretation and formulation of argument, counter opinion and factual statement for negotiation conclusion.

Ability to:

  • Recognize purchasing opportunities
  • Lead Teams and Manage Business Units
  • Assist in Training/Mentoring
  • Deal with several abstract and concrete variables


Physical Demands / Work Environment

  • Office Environment; 70% sitting at desk; 30% walking.
  • Occasional business travel may be a requirement.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (4-year degree); or Purchasing Certification Certificate of C.P.M. and/or CPSM as issued by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) with preferably four years of purchasing experience and/or displayed knowledge and a positive performance.
  • Proven experience in the management of MRO & Facility equipment service providers in the Automotive Industry.

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: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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