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Buyer (PENA)

REQ: REQ-124715 Production

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Job Summary:

The Buyer is responsible for the execution of timely procurement of services and parts to ensure the production operations are running sufficiently.  Additionally, the Buyer will establish and manage vendors, and must have the necessary technical skills to plan and procure correct quantities of materials based on demand


Essential Duties:

  • Manages the procurement plan of direct raw materials via MRP/SAP to meet the required quantity and delivery dates
  • Performs simulations to understand future inventory level and forecasts
  • Communicates with overseas counterpart to confirm procurement details
  • For assigned commodity, works with SCM and Production to understand future demand and requirements.
  • Assist in all the other purchasing/planning department duties as required
  • Prepare reports analysis and recommendations


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 possibility 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:  BS Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or Engineering, or equivalent experience
  •  Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field


Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in procurement
  • Experience in working with international teams and in a multi-culture environment
  • Familiar with MRP and SAP
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving & communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, flexible environment and take the initiative to learn new tools and concepts quickly
  • Approachable and adaptable; this is a start-up where priorities are constantly changing
  • Proficient skills in MS Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, and etc.)
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Japanese language skills are preferred
  • 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):

  • APICS, CPM certification is preferred


Physical Demands:


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

  • Sit:                                     30%
  • Walk:                                     30%
  • Stand:                                                30%
  • 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.:             Not Required
  • Up to 20 lbs.:             Not Required
  • Up to 35 lbs.: Not Required
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):             Not Required


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-124715 Production

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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