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Global Group Purchasing Leader

Location: MULTIMATIC STRUCTURES & SUSPENSION GROUP OFFICE, East Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada

Posted: October 23rd, 2017

Position Overview:

Multimatic is a global corporation supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. The company’s core competencies include the development and manufacture of complex mechanisms and body hardware, suspension systems and body structural components as well as the design, engineering and development of light weight composite automotive systems. Multimatic is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has operating divisions in North America, Europe and Asia with manufacturing partners in South America and Australia.

Multimatic Structures & Suspension delivers:

  • An extensive range of stamped and roll-formed body structural components
  • Instrument panel structures in steel, aluminum and hybrid multi-materials
  • Aluminum and steel bumper beam assemblies
  • High volume production of suspension components and modules
  • Damper and strut systems
  • Mechatronic suspension systems that integrate electronic sensing and controls with mechanical functions

Multimatic Structures & Suspension is currently seeking to recruit a Global Group Purchasing Leader, to coordinate and execute key purchasing activities.  The position shall be responsible to manage tactical, strategic and development activities that promote a competitive advantage for Multimatic and support customer driven needs.  The role requires the administration of monthly reporting, drive group collaboration on common commodities, and assist in the development of tools to support improved divisional purchasing performance.

Facility Address:

Multimatic Structures & Suspensions Group
125 Corcoran Court
East Gwillimbury, Ontario


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Responsible to generate and track group purchasing KMI data including cost reduction progress, minority spend and commodity price changes.  The role shall be responsible to communicate the data to the relevant teams within Multimatic or externally as required. 
  • Coordinate, and manage as required, high leverage/high risk issues that threaten continuity of supply.  Work in coordination with divisional leadership to resolve potential concerns and support the creation of contingency plans to eliminate repeat issues.
  • Work with APQP and divisional purchasing to develop new suppliers that benefit new programs. Find new technologies and innovative suppliers globally that can promote opportunities to improve profitability or product quality including the development of the supply chain for new technologies within Multimatic.
  • Review the Supplier Performance database. Work with divisional departments to improve the overall performance of suppliers.
  • Drive VA/VE initiatives and technical workshops to generate cost reduction opportunities in coordination with divisional teams.
  • Evaluate group spend commonization and drive activities to improve overall spend using a total cost approach.
  • Create and drive the use of common tools to improve divisional efficiency, establish a recognized standard to approach suppliers and ensure an effective risk management process to limit exposure with contract disputes.
  • Work in compliance with TS16949 / ISO 14001 standards. Maintain due diligence in regard to environmental matters, minimize potential harmful accidents and work in compliance with ISO 14001


  • Minimum 8 years purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment preferably in the automotive industry.
  • Previous experience in a Leadership capacity preferred.
  • Completion of a relevant University Degree or College level Diploma required.
  • Professional designation either in Materials or Purchasing (eg. PMAC, CPIM, CPP) preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to develop suppliers resulting in benefits to the organization.
  • Ability to function at a strategic level, but also able to excute and support in a “hands on” fashion.
  • Business savvy with excellent problem solving techniques and methods to understand cost breakdowns and associated cost drivers of manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive matters objectively and with discretion; High personal standard of integrity and ethics.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with the ability to develop fact based recommendations to management.
  • Excellent computer skills to manage data that assist to create meaningful action plans and strategies. Ability to create professional reports for various management levels to effectively articulate issues or opportunities. 
  • Travel required to Multimatic production locations throughout North America and supplier locations as necessary


Multimatic is an equal opportunity employer.

To lean more about Multimatic, visit www.multimatic.com. To apply for this career opportunity, click below on "APPLY NOW" and send us your resume and cover letter. We thank all interested candidates in advance; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Closing date for applications is February 28th 2018

If you are interested in this position, apply by sending us your cover letter and resume.
We thank all interested candidates in advance; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
As part of our commitment to ensuring our employment practices are fair, accessible, and inclusive of persons with disabilities, recruitment-related accommodations for disabilities, are available upon request throughout the recruitment and assessment process for applicants with disabilities.