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Packaging Engineer

Job Number:  14310
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

St. Clair, MI, US, 48079

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

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

The Packaging Engineer: 

  • Establishes processes, standards, and templates for the Packaging Engineering Team.
  • Must ensure safe and cost-effective packaging selection for optimal handling and storage of all parts. 
  • Integrates and communicates professionally with key points of contact within customer and supplier teams and all departments at Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan to get buy-in/sign-off on packaging concepts and packaging-related projects. 
  • Researches industry practices and recommends new and innovative logistic and/or packaging procedures/methods, depending on the manufacturing processes, product offerings, and business needs. 
  • Escalates critical situations in a timely manner to the supervisor. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Sales in quoting potential new business.
  • Work with the Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Program Manager to establish and achieve timelines for packaging delivery based on pre-series build phases and start of production (SOP).
  • Coordinate with the Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Program Team to review all finished good rack designs relative to the design of the production location and provide feedback to the customer during development of packaging.
  • Review customer loop days for all finished goods considering Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan requirements for storage and internal production/logistics processes. Provide feedback to the customer and escalate any areas of concern to the Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Program Team.
  • Analyze Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan processes and product specifications to determine the packaging type (materials and size) based on physical characteristics, special handling needs, safety and ergonomics requirements, and quality standards.
  • Coordinate with Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Sales, Purchasing, and Accounting Departments to identify and work within budgets available for each program or packaging-related project and request capital approval for purchases as needed.
  • Develop or direct development of concepts, specifications, samples, and written analyses of proposed packaging in order to present design for approval.
  • Coordinate with the Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Program Team to determine part orientation and load direction considering production location and point of use.
  • Coordinate with Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Purchasing, Sales, Engineering, Logistics, Production, Tooling/Maintenance, and Quality Departments to determine feasibility of implementing proposed packaging or packaging-related project and identify opportunities for improvement and cost reduction.
  • Evaluate the quantity of packaging needed for each part to support series and service peak volumes based on the program requirements and Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan operating strategy. Coordinate with Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Sales, Assembly Tooling, and Logistics Departments to: 
    • Confirm the peak daily volume and take rates needed for calculations.
    • Confirm batch size and safety stock level needed for calculations.
    • Negotiate the size of the fleet based on space availability to store the fleet.
  • Prepare and send out RFQs for design and prototype of each dedicated rack required.
  • Work with Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Purchasing to select suppliers, issue requisitions, and purchase orders for production of the packaging fleet. 
  • Conduct custom packaging buy-offs with all invested parties for each prototype and engineering/improvement loop.
  • Track delivery of packaging and ensure that proper quantities are delivered according to the agreed delivery timeline.
  • Verify proper function of custom racks at the point of use and ensure they match the master rack based on tolerance requirements upon arrival and availability of parts in order to hold rack suppliers accountable for any defects within the warranty period.
  • Receive invoices based on Proof of Delivery (POD) as racks are received. 

Key Responsibilities Cont

  • Coordinate repair of defects (if within the warranty period) with rack suppliers and Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Production (temporary reduction of fleet) and Logistics (scheduling, inbound/outbound) Departments.
  • Develop unit load instructions (ULI) with pictures for all parts and update them at each revision (including the original or revision level 0) to reflect any and all changes. For service parts, the ULIs may be provided by a supplier who manages the packaging and shipment of service parts.
    • Upload the final, controlled document to SharePoint.
    • Communicate packaging requirements to Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan Accounting for update in SAP. 
  • Optimize packaging and pack quantities for all parts. This should be done when new packaging arrives and parts are available, during development of the ULI, and in reaction to recommendations from other departments or observed opportunities for improvement.
  • Work with and support other Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan departments, suppliers, and customers to resolve issues related to the function and supply of packaging.
  • Work with expendable packaging suppliers to develop concepts for special shipments.
  • Review, provide feedback, and sign-off on expendable packaging for service parts.
  • Come up with new and cost effective ideas for packaging design, development, and management within the company (out of the box thinking).
  • Perform Layered Process Audits in production as required.
  • Maintain 5S standards in workspace / department and hold team members accountable for meeting 5S standards.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience 
  • Experience in lineside and shop floor conveyance experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering or 5-10 years of related experience required. Experience in the automotive or related industry would be optimal 

Special Knowledge/Skills

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Project, Word.
  • Familiarity with drawing/design software including Catia and Spinfire.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are required.
  • Leadership skills are desired

Physical Demands/Work Environment

Manufacturing Environment: The key physical demands required to perform the essential job functions in the manufacturing environment are as follows with an indication of the performance frequency: occasionally (“O”), frequently (“F”), or constantly (“C”).

  • Walks to and works in production areas. (F)
  • Wears protective equipment. (F)
  • Lifts/moves heavy objects. (O)
  • Must be able to make good decisions in a high-pressure environment. (C)
  • Sits or stands for prolonged periods of time. (O)
  • Operates computers. (F)

13--Materials Management F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Port Huron
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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