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Program Manager

Magna International

This is a Contract position in Etobicoke, ON posted May 18, 2023.


Job Number: 56748 
Group: Cosma International  
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Etobicoke 


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.


What Deco Offers

At Deco Automotive, company culture is central to the work experience. Employees at Deco enjoy many different company benefits including:

  • A great work experience with a diverse and dedicated workforce
  • A strong focus on safety and health and wellness (fitness membership discounts, subsidized cafeteria, and year-round access to a private park)
  • Four (4) paid personal days
  • Seven (7) paid sick/emergency days
  • Three (3) paid family emergency days
  • Competitive extended health benefits
  • Group RRSP matching program
  • Profit Sharing Plan
  • Team appreciation lunches and events
  • Education Reimbursement Program 
  • Continuous Improvement and Development Culture
Your New Role

The Program Manager manages all engineering related program tasks from design, development, validation testing, fabrication, process layout and culminating in production start, continuous improvement initiatives and service part requirements.

What You Will Need to Succeed
  • Five (5) years related experience in the automotive industry
  • Two (2) years project management experience
  • Engineering or Business degree/diploma 
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced working environment
  • Flexibility to travel in Ontario and abroad
  • Fundamental computer skills using Microsoft Office suite (including MS Project)
  • Strong organizational and Leadership skills
  • Ability to uphold confidentiality
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to work overtime to meet customer needs
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and manage projects (APQP)
As a Program Manager, You Will
  • Effectively identifies potential issues within the program and develops robust and cost mitigating solutions.  Able to clearly communicate to management as required. 
  • Always involves a cross functional team to ensure all facets of the program are assessed for feasibility and cost with each change.
  • Leads personnel dedicated to the project.
  • Addresses resource gaps to leadership to ensure success of the program 
  • Able to work under pressure and in stressful conditions from time to time.
  • Knows how to lead a team to execute. 
  • Takes ownership of program requirements and drives accountability in completion of tasks on time as per timeline.  When timelines are at risk, takes necessary action to correct.
  • Establishes, administers and implements program budgets with commercial team
  • Develops and governs program timing schedules and milestones for development, prototype and production (CPMP)
  • Discusses and provides regular updates of project status to management (CPMP)
  • Understands and ensures adherences to customer contract requirements; develops necessary response when customer requirements put program at risk.
  • Lead APQP meetings, driving accountability
  • Oversees program related engineering change activity with a focus on adherence to established processes, timely change implementation and cost control
  • Identifies, plans for and implements cost reduction and/ or quality improvement initiatives based on product, productivity and/ or process improvements throughout the project life time
  • Knows and understands process documentation and customer specific requirements as they relate to the program
  • Supports and coordinates with Department Leaders in preparation of RFQs and proposals, statement of work and specifications and execution of contract requirements
  • Maintains strong working relationships with, and takes a consultative role in key program executing functions of (a) Manufacturing, (b) Quality Assurance and (c) Materials in support of customer expectations
  • Involved in business development process including new and replacement business. 
  • Provides feedback to functional area leader in support of annual performance review
  • Liaises with external and internal customers
  • Follows and complies with all Operational Procedures and Policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook, Quality and Environment programs (ie. TS16949, ISO14001)
  • Understands, promotes and lives by Magna’s philosophies and Employee Charter
  • Adheres to Deco Automotive’s core values; integrity, respect, trust, honesty, fairness and loyalty
  • Performs other duties as required



  • Accepts personal responsibility to plan and conduct their work safely in compliance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act as well as company policies and guidelines
  • Understands, promotes, and lives by Magna’s philosophies and the Employee’s Charter
  • Responsible for good housekeeping in your area
Additional Information

Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.

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.