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Employee Relations Investigator (PENA)

REQ: REQ-144862 Human Resources

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

Employee Relations Investigator






Human Resources


Job Summary:

Panasonic Energy North America is currently seeking a skilled Employee Relations Investigator to be a part of our team at the Gigafactory. This role will conduct investigations into workplace concerns and support positive employee engagement by providing guidance and recommendations to resolve employee concerns. This role will work closely with the Human Resource Business Partners, Legal, Compliance teams and business leaders to promote equity, company values, and accountability in the workplace and to respond appropriately and fairly to employee concerns.


Essential Duties:

  • Conduct prompt, fair, impartial, and thorough investigations into sensitive employee relations issues concerning allegations such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, hostile work environment, and PENA policy violations.
  • Thoroughly document investigative efforts internally using a case management system.
  • Conduct investigatory interviews, collect, and analyze relevant evidence, write investigation reports, and deliver debriefs with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure consistent application of PENA policies, procedures, and compliance.
  • Formally respond to sensitive concerns and allegations as required by internal processes and/or external agencies.
  • Foster effective relationships with HR teams, legal counsel, and business leaders.
  • Work with Human Resource Business Partners and PENA supervisors on how to appropriately manage and resolve moderately complex ER issues and performance management issues.
  • Partner with team members throughout the PENA organization to communicate and educate on policies, procedures, and compliance.
  • Collaborate with Employee Relations leadership to scale and refine the employee relations function, including development of reactive and proactive initiatives, production of data analytics, and ensuring an equitable and transparent employee experience across the company.
  • Participate in the development and deployment of ER related training and other team projects as needed.
  • Consistently demonstrate and promote PENA performance competencies, with special emphasis on building trust and serving others.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


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:  High School Diploma or GED
  • Preferred:  Bachelor’s Degree in HR or related field, or equivalent work experience



Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant employee relations or HR experience, preferably focused on ER investigations, employment legal, performance management, and/or HRBP experiences.
  • Knowledge of applicable workplace laws, regulations, and employment trends.
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills, discretion, and ability to manage confidential information.
  • Flexibility – critical for a start-up environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word and can use the computer to complete online learning requirements for -specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment.
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English. Preferred: bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • 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)


Knowledge & Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by strong written and oral communication, and high emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and within a team environment.
  • Develop trust and rapport and influence cross-functional partners and business leaders.
  • Remain respectful and empathetic when confronted with difficult and uncomfortable situations surrounding an investigation and/or performance management.
  • Able to handle confidential information in a mature and professional manner.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity within a fast moving and changing environment.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, reasoning and analysis, problem-solving skills, and creativity in helping the business solve complex problems.
  • Effective at managing time and resources while prioritizing and balancing multiple commitments with some input from manager.



Preferred License(s):

  • None



Preferred Certification(s):

  • None



Physical Demands:


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

  • Sit:                                                       40%
  • Walk:                                                   30%
  • 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.:                                       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-144862 Human Resources

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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