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Global Product Line Technical Manager

Job Number:  42033
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Division:  Exterior Systems Engineering
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

TROY, US, 48083



Job Number: 42033 
Group: Magna Exteriors  
Division: Exterior Systems Engineering 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Description

The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.

Recognized globally as an innovator in all aspects of vehicle exteriors, Magna provides everything needed, from materials development and design through manufacturing and assembly, to help automakers create sleek, state-of-the-art vehicles across the world.



Position Summary

The Global Product Line Technical Manager (GPLTM) is responsible for the conceptualization, development, planning, directing, and controlling activities within a specific product area and/or program.  The GPLTM is the subject matter expert as pertains to product architecture, application, capability, and future needs.  The GPLTM leads product engineering, design, and development activities to ensure requirements, program objectives and company/division needs are satisfied.

Key Responsibilities

  • Defines product architecture and design solutions to business pursuit team for quoting
  • Provides customer product requirements and specifications guidance to team members and supports resolution of conflicts and issues
  • Lead pre-award product development activities and analysis
  • Provides supervision and technical guidance to project or activity team members
  • Communicates development goals and timing to engineering and design staff
  • Has authority to initiate and approve design/engineering changes and studies
  • Responsible to document and communicate lessons-learned and best practices to engineering and design organization
  • Supports the development and maintenance of product strategy and supporting technology roadmaps
  • Supports the development and maintenance of literature and presentation materials to promote product offerings
  • Provides product technical guidance to program teams to ensure successful manufacturing launch of new products
  • Identifies and promotes continuous improvement of products, processes and systems.
  • Identify and communicate market trends and significant changes to regulations

Key Responsibilities - Cont.

  • Responsible to develop/maintain a current understanding of vehicle legislation and regulations (FMVSS) or OEM Component/System Requirements that apply to product area of responsibility. Determine and apply these Standards as required to our Product Designs.
  • Coordinates and monitors completion of the CAE/FEA execution and accuracy during the product pre-development stage.
  • Maintains an awareness and understanding of competitor capabilities and market position
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with internal and external customers
  • Adherence to Magna’s Corporate Constitution, Employee Charter, Code of Conduct, etc.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or physical demands required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education/Special Knowledge – BS in engineering or technical education applicable to exteriors product development 
  • Experience - 10+ years of closures engineering development.  Plastic products experience preferred. Experience supervising or managing technical personnel.  Excellent communication skills and experience working with global teams.
  • Physical Demands/Work Environment - Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer, may require local, domestic and international travel.
  • Travel – less than 15% domestic + international

02--Business Development, Sales, Marketing F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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