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Operational Excellence Trainer

REQ: REQ-143653 Operations

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.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Operational Excellence Trainer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Training Within Industry TWI principles, with expertise in job instruction, job safety, and job methods. This role will play a key role in enhancing the skills and knowledge of our operational workforce, contributing to the overall efficiency and safety of our operations.

Essential Duties:

  • Demonstrates proficiency in equipment and system maintenance as required.
  • Conducts safety training sessions, imparting best practices, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
  • Assist in the facilitation of our high-performance culture trainings and employee orientation to discuss and provide training on the embodiment of our servant leadership in, out, and throughout the organization.
  • Serves as a role model, guiding others to adhere to SOPs correctly and effectively by displaying sensitivity to others, considering diverse learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Provides constructive feedback to employees, fostering continuous improvement and skill development, including coaching on the process of the Panasonic Energies production system.
  • Conducts hands-on training sessions to reinforce theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
  • Trains employees on efficient work methods and imparts continuous improvement techniques.
  • Collaborates effectively with individuals at all levels within the organization to achieve training goals and address challenges.
  • Designs and leads advanced training programs for production staff, emphasizing specialized skills, leadership development, and continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Provides strategic direction for the overall training framework, aligning it with organizational goals.
  • Issuing the certification process for all Panasonic Energy production personnel and keeping accountability of all certification timelines and expiration dates to ensure proper recertification processes if necessary.
  • In-depth learning and educating on A3 problem solving eight step method within each department.
  • Collaborates with subject matter experts and stakeholders to develop comprehensive and advanced training curriculum.
  • Integrates industry best practices and emerging trends into training content.
  • Develops and implements robust assessment methods to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.
  • Analyzes training outcomes and recommends improvements based on performance data.
  • Offers mentorship and coaching to different departmental employees, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development within the training team.
  • Facilitates skill-building sessions for trainers to enhance their training delivery capabilities.
  • Leads initiatives to continuously improve manufacturing processes through innovative training methods and techniques.
  • Collaborates seamlessly with cross-functional teams, including operations, HR, and safety, ensuring training programs align with overarching organizational objectives.
  • Creates comprehensive training materials and documentation for job instruction processes.

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.


  • Basic/Required: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g. Human Resources, Training and Development) or equivalent work experience.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Possesses over 5 years of extensive experience as a trainer, preferably within a dynamic manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrates a profound understanding of advanced manufacturing processes, leadership principles, and continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Exhibits strong strategic thinking skills, aligning training initiatives seamlessly with organizational goals.
  • Showcases excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Adaptable to evolving technologies and dynamic manufacturing processes.
  • Possesses a robust understanding of operational processes and safety regulations.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Works collaboratively in a team-oriented environment, contributing to a positive and productive work atmosphere.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, encompassing Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • Demonstrates excellent evaluative assessment and training skills, ensuring the effectiveness of training initiatives.
  • Exhibits exceptional verbal and written communication skills, fostering clear and concise information dissemination.
  • Capable of making safe, business-minded, and conscientious decisions in the absence of a supervisor or manager when issues arise.
  • Brings valuable experience in Job Instruction, showcasing the ability to effectively convey standardized training methods.
  • Holds a proven track record in Job Safety, highlighting a commitment to fostering a safe and secure work environment.
  • Acquired expertise in Training Within Industry, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of job instruction, job safety, and job methods.
  • Exhibits a deep understanding of training methodologies, showcasing demonstrated expertise.
  • Develop and train Kaizen continuous improvement events. 
  • Hoshin planning and implementation from the ground up, demonstrating the ability to develop and execute strategic plans with a bottom-up approach.

Preferred Certification(s):

  • Training Within Industry TWI certification for Train the Trainer specializing in Job Safety and Job Methods, showcasing proficiency in safety protocols and efficient work methods.
  • Training Within Industry TWI Certificate in Job Instruction, highlighting the ability to design and deliver effective training programs.
  • Certification in Kaizen Breakthrough Experience, showcasing advanced knowledge and application of continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Six Sigma certification, validating proficiency in data-driven problem-solving and process improvement.
  • Lean Factory certification, attesting to expertise in streamlining manufacturing processes for increased efficiency and reduced waste.

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-143653 Operations

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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