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Accounts Payable Accountant - PENA KS

REQ: REQ-138941 Finance

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • De Soto, KS, United States
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The Accounts Payable Accountant’s work focuses on wide variety of accounting related tasks within the Accounts Payable team.  Administering, designing, and ensuring compliance with accounts payable processes including invoice charge verification (including applicable discounts) vs. purchase orders. Verification that goods and services purchased have been received. Confirmation of purchase approval. Payment authorization and processing. Reconciliation of accounts payable ledgers to identify improper charges, validate transactions, and ensure accurate and timely payment of amounts due.  Additionally, the Accountant ensures all financial postings are in line with laws, regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Essential Duties:

  • Performs function of receiving, reviewing, processing and reconciling supplier invoices
  • Uses 3-way matching of invoices, purchase order and packing slip
  • Prepare vendor account reconciliations - supplier statements vs. Payables
  • Ensure expenses are charged to the proper department and make any necessary reclassification journal entries
  • Troubleshoot and resolve invoice discrepancies by working with Indirect Procurement, Receiving, Corporate AP and vendors
  • Prepare accounting journal entries as assigned for month-end close
  • Reconciles and manages accounts payable accounts as assigned
  • Preparation of schedules and reporting and analysis as needed
  • Cross-train as back up support for other accounts payable team members
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures
  • Support the Accounting Manager’s efforts for maintaining internal controls related to the accounting tasks
  • Work with the Accounting Manager and Senior Accountants to ensure accounting policies are followed and procedures are developed
  • Assist with preparation of audit schedules with proper documentation
  • Assist auditors with any inquiries

The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


  • Basic/Required:  High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent 
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree preferred

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3+ years of accounting experience, preferably in a manufacturing or similar environment
  • Advanced literacy with Microsoft Office, especially Excel spreadsheets and database functions
  • Follows procedures put in place by the finance team to compile data into worksheets and databases
  • Ability to use reasoning to solve problems that may arise
  • Communicate effectively with fellow team members and members of other departments
  • Utilize established resources to complete work efficiently and effectively
  • Strong customer service skills including excellent verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Responds to inquiries from other departments in a timely manner
  • Capable of handling confidential information in a responsible manner
  • Flexibility and multi-tasking capabilities
  • Detail oriented
  • Highly organized and able to follow a systematic method of performing a task
  • Strong data entry skills
  • Ability to collaborate with and form teams
  • Ability to work with domestic and international teams
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English


  • Accounting Responsibilities:                                      85%
  • Internal control:                                                           10%
  • Audit                                                                              5%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of SAP, Oracle or another fully integrated ERP system preferred but not required
  • Build strong relationships and collaborate well at all levels
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative, successfully handle and prioritize multiple competing assignments, and effectively manage deadlines
  • Resilient, self-motived and able to work well under pressure
  • Alignment to Panasonic’s seven (7) core principles (contribution to society, fairness and honesty, cooperation and team spirit, untiring effort for improvement, courtesy and humility, adaptability, gratitude)

Preferred License(s):

  • None

Preferred Certification(s):

  • None

Physical Demands:

Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)

  • Sit:                                                       65%
  • Walk:                                                   15%
  • Stand:                                                 15%
  • Lift:                                                        5%

Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                      Occasional
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                      Not Required
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                      Not Required
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Not Required


About Us:

Panasonic Energy is expanding to Kansas after demonstrating exceptional performance Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada. Panasonic's role at the Gigafactory is to manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells to Tesla for their electric vehicles and energy storage systems. This role is located in De Soto, Kansas and is responsible for the next phase of Panasonic battery manufacturing for Tesla and Lucid.

Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. We continue to revolutionize the lithium-ion battery space and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transportation.

Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by producing the world’s safest, high quality, and lowest cost batteries.  Through this effort we will create a clean energy society and our products will change society’s use of and perceptions of electric power.

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Supplemental Information:

Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. without restriction.

Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy.

REQ: REQ-138941 Finance

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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