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Program Buyer, Purchasing eDS NA

Job Number:  42774
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  E-Drive NA
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 42774 
Group: Magna Powertrain  
Division: E-Drive NA 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Introduction


Transforming mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, safer and lighter. That’s what we’re passionate about at Magna Powertrain, and we do it by creating world-class powertrain systems. We are a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in design, development, testing and manufacturing of complex powertrain systems. Our name stands for quality, environmental consciousness, and safety. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.


Mission of the Position


We are looking for talented team members to be a part of a dynamic team looking to push boundaries, innovate, and are passionate about being a part of the transformation from traditional powertrains to eMobility.


Support the execution of Magna Powertrain Global Purchasing Process for Electrification as applicable to each program ensuring the synergies of the commodity strategies amongst all different customer applications in the purchasing group. Direct and coordinate all Purchasing Operation activities for Electrification between suppliers and all areas of organization i.e., Strategic Purchasing, Program Managers, Supplier Quality Development and/or other divisional designates.

Key Responsibilities


  • Plan, organize, direct, and control activities related to the Electrification Purchasing Operations function with the objective of optimizing the total cost of purchases, while supporting strategic sourcing in selecting the optimal capable source to support the program in all areas. 
  • Electrification Purchasing lead for Customer Application within Core team.
  • Oversees all activities related to the Purchasing Operations process for Electrification as applicable to any specific program.
  • Report to and align with Senior Manager Purchasing Operations Electrification Driveline Systems (DS).
  • Ensure alignment with the Purchasing DS NA organization for traditional products.
  • Generate, distribute, and follow up on all RFQ’s, as per the Global Purchasing Process.
  • Analyze quotes from suppliers & costs from potential suppliers and prepare for management review.
  • Prepare all quote and detail data to analyze a make/buy divisional decision.
  • Assist in development of a strategic supply chain.
  • Assist in analysis of new trends in market & technology for Electrification.
  • Supports quote process to customer and works with Strategic Purchasing at early stage of Program definition.
  • Responsible to process design changes requests and be a part of the change management team until PPAP.
  • Report the supplier launch readiness to program management on a regular base.
  • Participate in simultaneous engineering meeting and forward status and open issues to purchasing team.
  • Organize Commercial and Technical workshops with suppliers in co-operation with Strategic Commodity Management and Supplier Quality Development.
  • Track the cost model for Purchased components and Materials as applicable and Negotiates the best possible price.
  • Responsible for implementing Purchasing Operations process and procedures at multiple Divisions as applicable to new programs.
  • Maintain supplier relationships that are both productive and mutually beneficial while continually searching for and renegotiating cost savings.
  • Ensure suppliers respond appropriately to the program management requirements including issues of delivery, cost, or quality up to PPAP.
  • Communicate the necessary information to Magna Powertrain management to assist in decision making and strategy formulation.
  • Assigns the highest priority to customer satisfaction and Program Management objectives while meeting commitments to achieve business objectives.

Magna Standards


  • Practice and maintain integrity while following Magna’s Charter and Constitution.
  • Follow Magna’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and related compliance policies.
  • Supports and adheres to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality management system (IATF).
  • Drive the development of new technologies to improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures to ensure duties of self are performed in a safe manner.
  • Health & Safety responsibilities:
    •     Understand applicable Environmental, Health & Safety policies and procedures in the workplace.
    •     Report unsafe conditions immediately.
    •     Report injuries, accidents, illnesses, near misses, property damage immediately.
    •     Follow safety rules.
    •     Comply with requirements for the use or operation of machines or equipment.
    •     Comply with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Create a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional/technical knowledge.
  • Develop and maintain a responsive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external customers.
  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust, and respect.
  • Complete additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


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.

Customers and Business Interfaces


  • Magna Powertrain Strategic Purchasing
  • Magna Powertrain Program Managers
  • Magna Powertrain Supplier Quality Development
  • OEM Customers
  • Suppliers

Requirements and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a business or technical emphasis.
  • 1 – 5 years of experience, relevant experience within the automotive industry preferred.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in Purchasing or related field within a manufacturing facility.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • SAP ERP experience desired but not mandatory.
  • Intercultural communication skills and willingness to collaborate across regions. 
  • Strategic thinker and implementer of effective tactical plans.
  • Excellent skills and experience in contract negotiation and price negotiation in a manufacturing environment. 

Work Environment


Approximately 10-15% domestic and/or international travel required. Valid Passport.


While working in this environment, the employee will be exposed to machinery, moving equipment and material, moderate noise, airborne particles, fumes, and various levels of temperature created by manufacturing processes.




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: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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