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Assistant General Manager of Manufacturing Engineering and Projects

REQ: REQ-142878 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: 

  • Manages several organizational segments or teams and be the key stake holder for large complex company programs.  

  • Oversees the preparation and final approval of project plans. 

  • Conducts or acquires cost analysis for development projects; prepares or delegates preparation of schedule of project completion dates. 

  • Ensures that projects are completed within budget and in an economical manner. 

  • Establishes and implements the strategic direction of the company’s engineering and development initiatives. 

  • Collaborates with the company executive leadership to develop and meet organizational goals while supplying expertise and guidance on projects, operations, and systems. 

  • Identifies, recommends, and implements new technologies and systems to improve organizational processes and decision-making. 

  • Ensures that departmental decisions such as staffing, development, organization, hardware acquisitions, and facilities are in line with the organizations business plan and vision. 

  • Establishes, communicates, and implements engineering and development policies, practices, standards, and security measures to ensure effective and consistent operations. 

  • Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in engineering and development related to the organizations industry. 

  • Negotiates cost-effective contracts for the organization; coordinates and implements contractor’s work. 

  • Judgement to compromise between process requirements, economic evaluation, operator effectiveness, and physical and health and safety hazards. 

  • Conceptualize new equipment design, development, testing, installation, and implementation of cell manufacturing equipment. 

  • Design and develop continuous improvement initiatives in safety, environmental, quality, cost, efficiency, and productivity objectives.  

  • Iterate engineering design to meet technical and functional requirements and lead vendors through mechanical, electrical and software design reviews.  

  • Ensure manufacturing lines meet uptime, availability and reliability metrics – OEE, cycle time, quality. 

Drive high quality standards in everything we do such as process control systems, monitoring and managing key product metrics, consistency in documentation, and 5S initiatives. 

  • Engineering support for system upgrades, creating process plans, tracking budget costs, project schedules and developing countermeasures for timely completion of project goals. 



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:  bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or related discipline 

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


Essential Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of 8+ years of engineering experience in areas such as manufacturing, product development, design, or other area 

  • Evidence of exceptional ability. Panasonic follows a culture of full-cycle engineering where members will have full responsibility and accountability for their projects from start to finish.  

  • 5+ years of leadership experience 

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

  • Able to manage multiple concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment, effectively prioritize work, and deliver quality results. 

  • Demonstrate servant leadership to build a high-performing and overachieving team. 

  • 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.  



Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Strong experience with electrochemistry and electrochemical analysis preferred. 

  • Previous experience with Industrial data analysis or Manufacturing Execution System (MES) 

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

  • Familiarity with Six Sigma methodologies and tools 

  • Strong data analysis skills with tools such as JMP, Minitab, Python, or MATLAB are highly desired. 

  • Experience with battery production or R&D 

  • 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) 

About Us:

At the heart of this visionary project, Panasonic is committed to manufacturing cutting-edge cylindrical lithium-ion cells that will power the future of electric mobility. These cells will be meticulously crafted to meet the growing demands of the automotive industry, supporting various electric vehicle manufacturers in their quest for eco-friendly transportation solutions.

This role presents a unique chance to be at the forefront of innovation, working within a forward-thinking organization that is committed to environmental responsibility and the advancement of green technology. Be a part of our mission to power the future and make a difference in the world of electric mobility with Panasonic!

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 of North America.

REQ: REQ-142878 Engineering

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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