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Program Buyer

Job Number:  46994
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


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 general direction of the purchasing manager, the program buyer works independently and confers regularly with division, customer, and supplier staff specialists. The Program Buyer works closely with divisional, customer, and supplier staff specialists to develop, plan, improve, and implement new and current business projects within the supply base.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and investigating potential new production material suppliers as well as current suppliers for new and existing programs
  • Responsible for the process of sourcing raw material, components, spare parts and services from suppliers based upon best overall value and ability to support the MEVS quality and delivery expectations
  • Create purchase orders, request for quotations, and work with various departments within the division to ensure all production requirements are met
  • Strives to achieve Divisional Goals and Objectives year over year
  • Coordinate and manage requirements from Corporate Purchasing in relation to program purchasing
  • Establish solid, multiple sources to ensure continuous supply and availability of commodities identified to support the needs of the division and initiate requests for quotation with suppliers
  • Responsible to oversee division cost breakdown model
  • Contribute to the annual continuous improvement activity within purchasing and the supply base
  • Identify, quote, and source steel either through customer resale programs or directly for all stampings needed in the facility
  • Manage customer steel resale programs, contract management, and assist Finance in dispute resolution
  • Maintain quarterly pricing updates for CRU pricing material
  • Maintain the ERP system to be accurate at all times relating to supplier part costs and purchase orders
  • Expedite/follow up on requirements as necessary

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Oversee and approve supplier quotations and recommend awards for purchase orders/contracts
  • Actively participate in review meetings to ensure the successful launch of new products, processes, and tools
  • Maintain document control of purchase orders to ensure audit trails are in place and meet financial and procedural requirements.
  • Maintain supplier capacity information and update quarterly
  • Resolve variances between purchase orders and invoices when Finance requires assistance
  • Oversee completion of supplier assessments as required
  • Provide support and backup for MRO buyer as needed
  • Cooperate with Corporate Purchasing in supplying requested information, participation in meetings, conference calls, etc.
  • Understand, utilize, and submit suggestions for improvement to departmental procedures
  • Establish and maintain a high level of communication and effective working relationships with suppliers and peers
  • Complies with, supports, and models MEVS operational procedures/policies, Employee Handbook, and Magna’s Employee’s Charter, Corporate Constitution, and Operational Principles
  • Complies with relevant Quality and Environmental programs (e.g. TS16949, ISO14001)
  • Complies with all Health and Safety programs in accordance with MIOSHA; follows and ensures Company procedures regarding safety rules and regulations are followed
  • Conducts self in a professional manner
  • Keeps work area clean and tidy
  • Other duties as required

Additional Information

  • College/University degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain, or Business discipline and/or equivalent work experience
  • 4 years of experience in Purchasing/Supply Chain related field, preferably in a manufacturing environment

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Nearest Major Market: Port Huron
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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