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Paint Manager- OFF SHIFT

Job Number:  46936
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 46936 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Magna Electric Vehicle Structures 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: ST. CLAIR 


Group Description

Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


Role Summary

Under the direction of the general manager, the paint manager has overall responsibility to ensure systems and processes are developed and implemented to produce quality parts on time as cost effectively as possible, while adhering to the principles of the Magna Employee Charter. The paint manager also supervises and supports the operational supervisors, administrative coordinators, skilled trades and operators in paint areas. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensures principles of Employee Charter are adhered to within areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures compliance with all operational objectives and targets for safety, quality, BOS, TS and ISO policies and procedures in areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures safe working conditions for employees in areas of supervision.
  • Ensures employees receive proper safety training and are following safety procedures and practices.
  • Ensures employees in areas of responsibility receive the training and development they need to perform their responsibilities effectively.
  • Directs implementation of continuous improvement/cost reduction activities within areas of responsibility. 
  • Supports efforts to achieve department and plant goals on Employee Opinion Survey.
  • Follows and supports MEVS and Magna’s operating principles, including:
  • Magna Employee Charter – Operating under its principles by treating all associates equally, fairly and with dignity and respect.
  • Open Door Policy – Solves issues with two-way, open and friendly communication.
  • 5S – Maintains and promotes good housekeeping by following the philosophy “Everything has a place. Everything in its place” …… 
  • Safety First - Obey the plant’s safety rules and procedures by wearing PPE at all times and immediately addressing all safety concerns. Promotes an environment where zero injuries is the expected standard.
  • Company quality and environmental policies.
  • Core values – Treat all employees equally, fairly, with dignity and respect without favoritism in accordance with company values.  

Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • Develops and implements business plan objectives for areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures safe production processes are developed that can produce quality parts in a cost effective manner.
  • Directs development and implementation of quality systems to ensure products produced meet customers’ quality requirements.
  • Assists direct reports by coaching, counseling, motivating and providing technical support as necessary.
  • Conducts performance appraisals on direct reports in a timely manner.
  • Applies disciplinary actions within department as needed. 
  • Participate in plantwide development of yearly business plan priorities.
  • Participate in determining ongoing Nascote business direction.
  • Interviews and selects candidates for hire in areas of responsibility.
  • Maintains an acceptable attendance record.
  • Supervises: Process Engineers, Paint Production Engineer, Facility Engineers, Supervisors (Paint
  • Maintenance), Environmental Engineer, System Engineer and Production Data Processor.
  • Ensures housekeeping in area is maintained to department standards.
  • Ensures departmental meetings are being held and all documentation is recorded and kept.
  • Tracks safety audits and ensures effective corrective actions are taken.
  • Champions safety and quality 8D’s and ensures effective corrective actions are taken.
  • Implements lateral moves, postings, layoffs and recalls in department as needed.
  • Completes documentation of activities as required. Approves time sheets, leaves and vacations.
  • Submits cost reduction and Innovation ideas and encourages direct reports to do the same.
  • Approves all department and plant BOS procedures and forms. Approves ECNs as assigned.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned. 


  • Must have strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills (8D methodology).
  • Must have good computer skills.
  • Must have good math skills.
  • Must have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must have the ability to make group presentations. 

Additional Information


  • The paint manager will work in an office environment as well as in a manufactured environment.
  • Some of the physical demands of this position include sitting for prolonged periods of time, walking up and down staircases, occasional lifting, and occasional stooping and bending.
  • Must spend time in manufacturing environment using normal PPE and safety precautions.
  • Occasional travel may be required. 


  • Some of the equipment and tools used are computer, telephone, fax machine, copier/printer, and a projector. 


  • B.S. or B.A. or equivalent in Technical or Business required 


  • 3-5 years’ supervisory experience required 
  • 4-10 years’ experience in technical areas (i.e. Paint, coatings, molding, tooling engineering, and production management)
  • Must have experience with SPC principles and application, employee empowerment, supplier management, customer interface.


  • Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license as well as a valid passport. 


  • New Hire Training, Employee Charter Training, Safety Training 


  • Performance Assessment conducted by Supervisor and/or Department Manager.


  • The applications created help provide accurate data that assists in monitoring the implementation of systems/goals.


  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

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: Port Huron
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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