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Assistant General Manager of Cell and Process Engineering

REQ: REQ-142877 Engineering

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • De Soto, KS, United States
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If you are passionate about contributing to a sustainable future and being part of a dynamic team shaping the electric vehicle revolution, this opportunity is tailor-made for you. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us as full-time, on-site team members at our new, state-of-the-art factory located in the thriving city of DeSoto, Kansas.

Essential Duties: 

Lead the team to introduce new battery model changes, new materials, spec evaluation, and process improvement. 

Establish systems and standards to promote sustainability and growth in technical, organizational, and people development areas. 

Responsible for participating in and overseeing others engaged in material introduction, experimentation, and process improvement to carry out cell manufacturing processes on commercial scale. 

Lead the team to develop advanced measurement and control systems to continuously improve OEE of cell manufacturing, quality, and reliability of the product. 

Analyze and optimize production processes to ensure safety while maximizing Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in cost effective means while driving to achieve world-class quality levels. 

Lead continuous improvement projects (CIP) to maximize yield, capacity, and capability. 

Apply technical knowledge to innovate, design and develop processes, procedures, tooling, and cell formulation. 

Work with cross-functional teams to develop, validate, and improve processes used in manufacturing and manufacturability of designs. 

Support new product introductions in coordination with Design Engineering, New Product Introduction team, Quality, and other parties as needed. 

Enable data driven operational and financial decisions through predictive insights into tool and process performance, including integration of factory data systems and use of software such as MySQL, Python, JMP, Tableau and Ignition 

Utilize structured problem-solving techniques such as Design of Experiments (DoE), Five Why (5W) and Eight Disciplines (8D). 

Monitor and reduce process variation using techniques such as Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA). 

Create and maintain Standard Work Instructions for assigned processes. 

Monitor and audit manufacturing processes to ensure product specifications and standards are achieved. 

Lead the development and maintenance of FMEAs and Control Plans 

Develop and modify line layouts, including material flow, waste reduction, and ergonomics, utilizing Lean Manufacturing best practices. 

Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 


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:  Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering or related discipline 

  • Preferred:  M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline 



Essential Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of 10+ years of engineering experience in areas such as manufacturing, product development, design, or other area. 

  • 5+ years of leadership experience. 

  • Strong analytic and decision-making abilities. Able to influence others to move towards a common goal. 

  • Passionate about developing people and leaders and promoting career development. 

  • Be very technical and demonstrate the ability to show in-depth understanding of the company business, battery making process, and products. 

  • Must be data-driven and result-driven. (Extensive data analytics experience required) 

  • Proficient skills in MS Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook). 

  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with battery manufacturing and high-speed robotic assembly process preferred. 

  • Experience managing large dynamic teams (20+ people). 

  • Experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment (1M+ units per day) such as batteries or electronic devices. 

  • Strong knowledge on six sigma methodologies and lean manufacturing. 

  • Able to work independently and in a team environment, as well as with cross-functional groups. 

  • 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).

REQ: REQ-142877 Engineering

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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