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Assistant Materials Manager

Job Number:  65795
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

St. Clair, MICHIGAN, US, 48079

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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


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.


About the Role

The Assistant Materials Manager oversees and monitors all functions of the Materials Department ensuring that the scheduling of material receiving, inventory control, production processing, and finished goods shipping meet customer requirements. Coordinates material flow into and out of the facility on a Just-In-Time (JIT) basis to insure 100% on-time delivery of quality product to the customer while controlling cost.  

Your Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinates daily activities within the Materials Department. Develops and maintains customer and subcontractor partnerships. Assists in the development of procedures and methods which improve material and logistics controls/quality/productivity/cost to the materials/logistics operations.
  • Maintain, monitor and communicate machine capacity, customer volumes, manpower requirements, and equipment issues to meet production needs.  Analyze customer releases and shipment schedules. Monitor and assist, as necessary, production scheduling activities to meet customer delivery schedules, optimize inventory turns and machine and manpower availability.
  • Oversee the scheduling, recording and reporting of physical inventories. Monitor inventory levels and assist with scheduling activities that optimize inventory turns.  Ensure timely and accurate submission of financial and fiscal inventory reports.
  • Conducts monthly department meetings to communicate Safety, People, Quality, and Production information and to promote involvement in issues affecting employees or their work areas.
  • Define MRP system policies (i.e. manufacturing lead times, production standards, efficiencies, costing, etc.) and ensure systems and policy implementation and changes are managed to meet customer and business requirements. Monitor Customer Communications (DDL, CMMS, SMART, etc.) and maintain EDI Systems.
  • Develop Supplier Manual; manage revisions, ensure timely distribution, and supplier compliance to guidelines.

Who we are looking for

  • Minimum 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Completion of post-secondary education in a related field e.g. Materials and/or Logistics Management and/or equivalent work related experience
  • Skill gained by experience: minimum 5 years material control/logistics experience in an automotive manufacturing environment.
  • Five years related work experience in a Just in Time automotive environment.
  • Must possess time management, leadership, communication, organizational, and presentation skills.
  • React to exceptional conditions at the customer and supplier level and within the division. Recommend and ensure execution of plan to meet customer delivery schedules.

Your preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of production scheduling.
  • Knowledge of MRP and Operations/Inventory Management practices
  • Must possess knowledge and proven skills in one of the following:  Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, or Kaizen; Project management and prioritizing.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of general office procedures including PC and LAN computer use. Must be proficient in relevant computer software and program use.
  • Promotes/recommends continuous improvement suggestions including environment, people, processes and equipment/machinery.
  • Must possess human relations skills and maturity of judgement.  Able to maintain confidentiality and use discretion and tact.

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

At Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan, company culture is central to the work experience. Employees at MEVS enjoy many different company benefits including:

  • New clean facility
  • Opportunities due to growth
  • Continuous Improvement and Development Culture
  • A strong focus on safety and health and wellness 
  • Three (3) levels of low costing PPO medical, dental and vision insurance (eligible after 30 days) 
  • 401(k) Plan with employer match (Immediate 100% Vested)

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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