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Controller (PENA)

REQ: REQ-132217 Finance

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Job Summary:

The Controller’s responsibilities are to oversee our accounting and internal audit groups, including but not limited to Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Cost Accounting, and Internal Audit. The Controller will be responsible for monitoring general accounting practices, developing internal accounting controls, tracking high volume operations and assets, overseeing our internal audit function, and leading a strong accounting team. The successful candidate for this position will report directly to our Director of Finance and play an instrumental role in the financial future of the company.


Essential Duties:

  • Manage daily accounting operations, ensuring there is a redundant process backup in place for every critical operation.
  • Create new internal accounting policies and maintain existing policies.
  • Monitor emerging technology determining ways to automate the accounting process without sacrificing accuracy and accountability.
  • Develop monthly and quarterly accounting reports for the management and executive teams.
  • Implement and monitor the month, quarter, and year-end closeout accounting schedules including preparation of monthly financial statements.
  • Responsible for supporting internal audits whether directed by PC, PNA, U.S. Co, or driven internally by PENA.
  • Provide direction, support, and input on all accounting issues and matters.
  • General Ledger – provide support on general ledger and financial reporting during month end and quarterly close, reviewing company and divisional financial reporting, and tax reporting.
  • Cost Accounting – provide support on product costing, product manufacturing analysis, and absorption related analysis and reporting.
  • Fixed Assets – support tracking of budget and actual capital expenditure spending, tracking of physical assets, understanding of depreciable lives, and lease accounting.
  • Accounts Receivable – support team with invoicing, closely monitoring cash receipts, reporting of sales, and management of collections.
  • Accounts Payable – support team with billings, monitoring of aging, and vendor relations.
  • Review of monthly account reconciliations.
  • Management reporting of monthly financial statements (P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow).
  • Develop and effectively monitor and apply all internal control procedures within accounting and related areas, ensuring compliance with corporate policies.
  • Experience with SOX, internal and external audit functions.
  • Responsible for banking and foreign exchange transactions.
  • Responsible for overseeing internal controls.

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:  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics 
  • Preferred: N/A


Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7+ years of direct experience leading an accounting team within a manufacturing environment
  • Advanced literacy with Microsoft Office, especially Excel spreadsheets and database functions
  • Experience with international accounting (IFRS) a must
  • Knowledge of SAP, Oracle, or another fully integrated ERP system
  • Working knowledge of accrual-based accounting within a manufacturing environment
  • Understanding and interpreting complex accounting matters, including but not limited to lease accounting and IFRS
  • Strong customer service skills including excellent verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Interprets procedures and governmental regulations
  • Capable of handling confidential information in a responsible manner
  • Responds to inquiries from operations managers, production control, finance in a timely manner
  • Flexibility and multi-tasking capabilities
  • Highly organized and able to follow a systematic method of performing a task
  • Ability to collaborate 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


Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Supervise and manage the accounting staff:             60%
  • Internal control:                                                           25%
  • Audit                                                                            15%


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Build strong relationships and collaborate well at all levels
  • Able to influence change without direct authority
  • 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 Certification(s):

  • CMA or CPA


Physical Demands:


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

  • Sit:                                     55%
  • Walk:                                 20%
  • Stand:                                20%
  • 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.:                                    Occasional
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                    Occasional
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):             Occasional

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-132217 Finance

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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