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Program Buyer

Job Number:  14229
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

St. Clair, MI, US, 48079





Job Number: 14229 
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.


Magna Electric Vehicle Structures - Michigan, part of Cosma International, a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centers in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and world-class manufacturing. With a focus on battery tray production and vehicle electrification, MEVS is manufacturing the future of mobility. The culture at MEVS focuses on job security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment.



Role Summary

The Program Buyer is responsible for developing, maintaining, and investigating potential new production material suppliers as well as current suppliers for new and existing programs. The Program Buyer is 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. The Program Buyer will create purchase orders, request for quotations, and work with various departments within the division to ensure all production requirements are met. 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
  • 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
  • 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
Key Qualifications/Requirements
  • 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
  • Commitment to teamwork
  • Able to work independently 
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products.
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of how job performance affects product quality and customer satisfaction
  • Exceptional ability to work with others; build and maintain positive employee/supplier relations
  • Able to prepare, read, and interpret written reports, correspondence, instructions, procedures and guidelines
  • Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, employees, suppliers and customers 
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage and schedule multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Able to work flexible hours and overtime
Equipment and/or Product Familiarity

Computer and software: Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Purchasing database applications
Equipment: PC, etc.

Responsibility and Working Conditions

Under the general direction of the Purchasing Manager, the Program Buyer works independently and confers regularly with division, customer, and supplier staff specialists. A valid Driver’s License is required for day travel with the occasional overnight stay. A valid passport which allows the Program Buyer to travel to attend active and potential integrator/supplier meetings is necessary. Some day travel and overtime may be required to meet customer expectations. The Program Buyer requires excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and integrity to protect confidential information. The Program Buyer works in an office environment but may be exposed to some elements such as temperature and noise during time spent in the plant.

Nearest Major Market: Port Huron
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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