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Quality Assurance Manager (PENA)

REQ: REQ-123379 Quality

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Quality Assurance Manager

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla Motors, Inc. in a large-scale advanced battery manufacturing facility known as the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic manufactures and supplies cylindrical lithium-ion cells for the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc. Based on the battery demand from Tesla, the Gigafactory plans to produce cells which will double the world’s current production.

Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by production of the world’s safest, highest-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.

Job Purpose:

Globally, Panasonic is committed to creating a better life and a better world, continuously contributing to the evolution of society and happiness of people around the world.

Locally, with this in mind, Panasonic Energy of North America is making the world’s #1, highest performance, and highest quality batteries in a high-volume manufacturing environment. In order to achieve this exciting goal, we are committed to meeting our very strict quality and safety targets.

The Quality Assurance Manager will manage and build the quality systems and team by establishing procedures and KPI’s for our Li-ion battery manufacturing processes.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the quality strategy, goals, and objectives for PENA Quality Assurance operations and business development.
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership in quality to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Champion total quality excellence and quality first behaviors, transparency, and collaboration to internal and external stakeholders. Add vendor relations, more specifics for QA
  • Define and specify the implementation of standards, methods, metrics, and procedures for inspecting, testing, and evaluating the precision, accuracy, and reliability of our product and equipment.
  • Provide leadership and direction for the Supplier Quality Assurance team.
  • Assure compliance and continuous improvements to all quality management systems.
  • Work collaboratively with the Environmental, Health and Safety and other business teams to create an integrated management system.
  • Develop a high performing team and future leaders by coaching and improving individual capability through performance management systems and processes.
  • Establish and monitor the team’s performance through KPIs aligned to the organization’s strategic objectives, and at the same time ensuring to company policies.
  • Facilitate direct report education and training.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications (Education, Experience and/or Certifications):

  • Bachelor's degree (B. S. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field) from a four-year college or university.
  • Experience including quality control of batteries or within electronic devices, in high volume manufacturing.
  • 5+ years Management experience is required.
  • Customer quality interface, failure reports (leveraging RAC methodologies).
  • Excellent verbal/written communication, interpersonal, and functional team building.
  • Strong and thorough knowledge of quality engineering disciplines, including: quality data collection, Pareto & data analysis / trending.
  • Extensive experience utilizing quality management tools including:
    • Statistical decision-making methods including process capability analysis, MSA/GRR and DoE.
    • Continuous improvement and structure problem solving such as 8-D, fishbone, FTA, FMEA, and other quality tools.
  • Champion the use of SPC techniques across the organization.
  • Knowledge of 6 Sigma methods and techniques, process control systems, process capability, measurements and analysis, FMEA, preventive action, and continuous improvement programs required.
  • Advanced skills with all MS Office Products, especially Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with ISO 9001 quality management system auditing.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience with laboratory analysis instruments including X-Ray, SEM, ICP, etc.
  • Experience with ISO 9001 quality management system auditing.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. 
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. 
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. 
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Supplemental Information:

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits. Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America

REQ: REQ-123379 Quality

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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