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Assistant Manager, Procurement

REQ: REQ-143387 Procurement

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Assistant Manager, Procurement


Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla Motors, Inc. in a large-scale advanced battery manufacturing facility known as the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic manufactures and supplies cylindrical lithium-ion cells for the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc. Based on the battery demand from Tesla, the Gigafactory plans to produce cells which will double the world’s current production.     

Essential Duties     

  • Establishing procurement control requirements with customers for the battery production process.
  • Conducting investigations within production process to identify material root cause.
  • Direct and assist business functions with sourcing new items, equipment, and materials/ingredients for new product development, risk assessments, and cost savings projects. Handle more complex and critical purchases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail are required.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, especially Excel with analytics skills, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Experience in management consulting or corporate strategy/strategy & business operations.
  • Experience in RFP development, proposal evaluation, and contract and budget management
  • Experienced problem-solver able to both delve into the details and operational tactics and engage meaningfully on the big picture or overall strategy.
  • Experience working in a high-volume, time sensitive operation; possesses strong supervisory and motivational skills; demonstrates a high standard of professional judgement; critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to interact and support effectively with various levels of management is required.
  • Manage people and resolve conflicts while maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements     

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees’, wearing PPE is a requirement for some roles at PENA and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

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 Business, Economics, Engineering, Supply Chain, or similar discipline.
  • Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, or similar discipline.

Essential Qualifications:     

  • Panasonic Energy of North America does not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.
  • 2+ years of management experience in centralized procurement environment.
  • 5 + years of relevant strategic sourcing experience demonstrating success in positions of increasing complexity.
  • Japanese and language fluency highly preferred.
  • Procurement data analysis experience utilizing tools such as SAP SRM/R3.
  • Proven negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • High level competence in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Experience conducting purchasing investigations/reviews, accounts payable, and inventory control.

Preferred Qualifications:     

  • Strong cross-functional project management skills, including process design and documentation.
  • Work experience with automotive, consumer electronics, battery customers, tiered suppliers, or equivalent.
  • Experience negotiating customer supply agreements with battery manufacturers and/or automotive and consumer electronics OEMs or tiered suppliers.
  • Start-up experience.
  • Fluent written and verbal proficiency in Japanese language both verbal and written.

Physical Demands     

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

  • Sit:                                                       20%
  • Walk:                                                   50%
  • Stand:                                                 20%
  • Lift:                                                      10%

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

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Frequent


About Us:     

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. 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.     

Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Together with our partner Tesla, 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 of North America.     



REQ: REQ-143387 Procurement

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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