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Buyer, Program Purchasing

Job Number:  27767
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  EC Troy
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular





Job Number: 27767 
Group: Magna Powertrain  
Division: EC Troy 
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


Support the execution of Magna Powertrain or MPT’s Global Purchasing Process 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 Operations activities 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 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. 
  • Purchasing lead for Customer Application within Core team.
  • 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.
  • 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 or SQD.
  • Track the cost model for Purchased components and Materials as applicable.
  • Negotiates the best possible price.
  • Drive the development of new technologies to improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost.
  • 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.
  • Oversees all activities related to the Purchasing Operations process as applicable to any specific program.
  • Work cooperatively with peers to implement consistent policies, procedures, strategies, and reporting.
  • Communicate the necessary information to MPT management to assist in decision making and strategy formulation.
  • Responsible for promoting and seeking excellence in all aspects of business.
  • Creates a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional/technical knowledge.
  • Treats everyone with dignity, trust and respect.
  • Assigns the highest priority to customer satisfaction and Program Management objectives while meeting commitments to achieve business objectives.
  • Follows the guidelines and rules as set out by the Employee's Handbook and Company policies.
  • Performs tasks and responsibilities detailed in MPT’s IATF policies, procedures and work instructions.
  • Complies with the designated ISO / 14001 responsibilities related to effective environmental management in accordance with MPT’s Environmental Management System (EMS).

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 16949).
  • 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


  • Product Engineering
  • Suppliers
  • Commodity Management
  • Cost Engineering
  • Advanced Engineering
  • Plant Purchasing


Requirements and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a business or technical emphasis.
  • Strategic thinker and implementer of effective tactical plans.
  • 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.
  • Excellent skills and experience in contract negotiation and price negotiation in a manufacturing environment. 

Work Environment


Willingness to travel (approx. 10-15% domestic and international), 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.




09--Supply Chain  F--Permanent/Regular 


Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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