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Director of Inventory Management (PENA)

REQ: REQ-122084 Operations

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

The Inventory Control Director plays an integral role in directly contributing to the organization’s initiatives by means of execution and accountability. The experienced professional must have a strong inventory management background and excellent communication skills who is comfortable communicating complex issues at all levels of the organization.  Additionally, the Director is expected to have a “roll up your sleeves” mentality and approach responsibilities with vigor and determination.  Furthermore, the Director must demonstrate excellence in their respective fields, ability to adapt quickly and deliver exceptional results while operating in a high-performance culture. The Director reports to the VP of Culture and Continuous Improvement.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop inventory strategies for PENA from Receiving Dock to Shipping. The strategy will include Inventory Analysis, Layout and Physical Inventory Roadmap, and Auditing the accurate counting of inventory management
  • Director accountabilities include four-person direct report team members, and several dotted line functional team members
  • Lead the KPI Management of inventory day and ensure accuracy of inventory taking
  • Create a team, and the relevant systems and processes for 4 key work areas (Inventory Analysis Lead, Inventory Improvement Lead, Inventory Audit Lead, Inventory Specialist (coach and teach cross functional dotted line team members)
  • Set up WIP supermarkets (WIP control) and create an inventory pull system
  • Lead Inventory taking and report the financial side. Give authority to resume production.
  • Create discrepancy reports and work on improvement
  • Create a daily/weekly cycle count system and review. Work with the Engineering team on automation and digital transformation opportunities for inventory
  • Create a vision for world class inventory movement, and inventory control for expanding facilities
  • Set up a logical BOM discrepancy level and timeframe
  • Achieve monthly and quarterly inventory accuracy targets and make improvement opportunities
  • Strategic development of programs and projects, which involves determining targets, deliverables, and timelines, developing a plan, and managing to the plan, coordinating and leading meetings, preparing next steps and status reports; working with team members to resolve issues
  • Lead and manage multiple, complex work streams within and/or across program(s) and collaborate with various departments in a non-repetitive role
  • Provide support to execute the strategy of continuous improvements key customer and financial metrics by managing key programs and projects, communicating progress, escalating challenges, and clear and timely communication to stakeholders

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 Engineering, Science, or similar discipline
  • Preferred:  Master’s Degree

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5+ years of senior level experience in large scale manufacturing operations within the supply chain and inventory field
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced customer focused 24/7 facility
  • Experience at improving material movement throughout a facility from beginning to end
  • High level of knowledge in Lean and Six Sigma such as Lean sensei or black belt
  • Demonstrated qualification in inventory control or inventory management systems or equivalent
  • Very strong experience in building high performing teams and leading diverse groups
  • Demonstrated experience in leading without direct control
  • Experience with creating and implementing a world class inventory control system
  • Understanding of financial business acumen with relation to inventory data, such as profit-and-loss sheets, cashflow etc.
  • Experience with SAP, MES systems that can track and analyze inventory
  • Fearless relationship leadership and conflict resolution skills, with a proven track record of positively improving a business or function collaborating, influencing, and extensively coordinating with internal and external partners, including senior leaders
  • Extensive experience in program management skills, and process improvement in a high-volume manufacturing environment with proven ability to manage multiple demands successfully and within a matrixed organization
  • History of driving teams to perform and deliver on demanding schedules
  • Ability to lead multiple initiatives and manage through change
  • Quick and creative learner
  • Strong process orientation and analytical/problem solving skills
  • Excellent strategic thinking, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Team player, comfortable to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, within a cross-border, remote team environment
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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):

  • Project Management license

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.

Feel free to contact the supporting Recruiter if you have any questions or to learn more about this opportunity; [email protected]



REQ: REQ-122084 Operations

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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