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Manager, Quality Management Systems- PECNA

REQ: REQ-144581 Quality

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • De Soto, KS, United States
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If you are passionate about contributing to a sustainable future and being part of a dynamic team shaping the electric vehicle revolution, this opportunity is tailor-made for you. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us as full-time, on-site team members at our new, state-of-the-art factory located in the thriving city of DeSoto, Kansas.

The Quality Management Systems (QMS) Manager is responsible for developing and leading Quality Systems architecture/strategy and managing continuous improvement to compliance profile.  Oversight of teams to deliver systems, programs and lead Quality System Reviews to ensure our customers’ quality expectations are met. The Manager will be a change agent that works closely with Leaders in all other areas to initiate and drive a PENA Quality Culture. The individual will direct teams and work closely with Quality Operations, Quality Engineering, Quality Supplier Management, Customer Experience, Continuous Improvement and lead CAPA Board actions with accountable teams in Manufacturing, Maintenance and Engineering to resolve customer and internal issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain the electronic Quality Management System (eQMS) to streamline processes and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Lead the planning, execution, and documentation of ISO 9000 and IATF 16949 certification processes.
  • Conduct internal and external audits to assess compliance with quality management standards and identify areas for improvement.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to establish quality objectives, metrics, and initiatives to drive continuous improvement.
  • Manage the documentation system, including creating and updating procedures, work instructions, and quality records.
  • Provide training and support to employees on quality management principles, procedures, and tools.
  • Analyze quality data and performance metrics to identify trends, root causes of issues, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Lead corrective and preventive action (CAPA) processes to address non-conformances and drive corrective actions to prevent recurrence.
  • Stay current with industry trends, regulatory requirements, and best practices in quality management.
  • Ensures Quality Systems operate in state of sustained compliance to capture, measure, report and correct, issues throughout the manufacturing process and prevent severity 1 escapes to the customer.
  • Orchestrates executive Quality Systems Management Reviews to meet Quarterly reporting requirements and monthly CAPA Boards that drive action items to completion.
  • Champion total quality excellence and quality first behaviors, transparency and collaboration to internal and external stakeholders
  • Leads all quality management systems activities, systems up-grades, internal/corporate audit, customer audits, external audits and certifications to applicable industry standards integration such as, IATF 16949, ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, etc. required for all vehicle manufacturers suppliers.
  • Prepares reports, charts, graphs, and other statistical information to teams conducting failure investigation and corrective action for customer related failures.
  • Provide leadership during problem resolution events and management of change opportunities.
  • Champion and support all corporate Quality initiatives and be a key player in the local leadership team for all issues
  • Ability to travel as required of the position and 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 possibility and includes equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, 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 Quality Management, or related field
  • Preferred:  Master’s degree (MBA)

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10+ years Quality Systems and Compliance experience required in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Experience utilizing quality management tools including statistical decision-making methods, process capability analysis, Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (GR&R) and Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Experience in continuous improvement and structure problem solving techniques and tools such as 8-D, fishbone, FTA, FMEA and other quality tools
  • Knowledge of 6 Sigma methods and techniques, process control systems, process capability, measurements, and analysis, FMEA, preventive action, and continuous improvement programs required
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills including strong customer service skills.
  • Must communicate appropriate information accurately and clearly in compliance with legal proprietary disclosures as needed. 
  • Must have strong presentation skills with the ability to effectively and appropriately interface and communicate with a variety of individuals or groups on a frequent basis (customers, corporate teams, executive leadership, and internal employees etc.).
  • Ability to build good interpersonal relationship with peers, direct reports, and customer.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in a cross-culture; international environment in a Japanese business culture a big plus.
  • 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):

  • 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.):               Not Required


About Us:

At the heart of this visionary project, Panasonic is committed to manufacturing cutting-edge cylindrical lithium-ion cells that will power the future of electric mobility. These cells will be meticulously crafted to meet the growing demands of the automotive industry, supporting various electric vehicle manufacturers in their quest for eco-friendly transportation solutions.

This role presents a unique chance to be at the forefront of innovation, working within a forward-thinking organization that is committed to environmental responsibility and the advancement of green technology. Be a part of our mission to power the future and make a difference in the world of electric mobility with Panasonic!

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-144581 Quality

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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