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Sr. Business Process Engineer - PECNA

REQ: REQ-144938 Engineering

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.

As a Senior Business Process Engineer within the Technology Department at Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America, you will lead the charge in optimizing our technology-driven manufacturing processes. Leveraging your expertise in process engineering and production optimization, you will spearhead initiatives to enhance efficiency, quality, and innovation in our manufacturing operations, driving us towards industry-leading excellence.

Essential Duties:

  • Lead the assessment and optimization of technology-driven manufacturing processes, focusing on efficiency, scalability, and automation.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including Technology, Engineering, Operations, and Quality Assurance, to design and implement innovative solutions to streamline workflows and improve production efficiency.
  • Champion the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, such as IoT, AI, machine learning, and robotics, to drive innovation and automation in manufacturing processes.
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives to optimize equipment utilization, minimize downtime, and reduce cycle times, ensuring maximum throughput and productivity.
  • Establish standardized processes across departments and functions, meticulously documenting procedures to ensure consistency and alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Mentor and coach junior team members, providing guidance on process engineering methodologies, technology integration, and best practices.
  • Lead cross-functional teams in the execution of process improvement projects, from concept development and stakeholder engagement to implementation and performance monitoring.
  • Utilize advanced data analytics techniques to derive actionable insights from production data, identify trends, and drive data-driven decision-making.
  • Establish and maintain robust performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track progress and measure the impact of process improvement initiatives.
  • Partner with Technology and Engineering teams to evaluate and integrate new technologies and manufacturing systems, ensuring seamless integration and compatibility with existing processes.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning within the Technology Department, promoting knowledge sharing and cross-functional teamwork.
  • Performs other duties as 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 Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in process engineering or production engineering within a technology-driven manufacturing environment, with a demonstrated track record of driving process improvement initiatives.
  • Previous professional or experience in Semi-Conductor field.
  • Proven expertise in leveraging technology to optimize manufacturing processes, with a strong understanding of IoT, AI, machine learning, robotics, and automation.
  • Experience with process simulation and modeling software, as well as data analytics tools for deriving insights from production data.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively influence and collaborate with cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, prioritize tasks, and deliver results within established timelines.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with a strategic mindset and a focus on driving tangible business outcomes.
  • Commitment to safety, quality, and continuous improvement principles.
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Agile Project Management
  • Background working in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Resilient, self-motived and able to work well under pressure
  • Experience in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • 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)

Physical Demands:

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

  • Sit:                                                       25%
  • Walk:                                                   30%
  • Stand:                                                 25%
  • Lift:                                                      20%

Tools and/or Equipment: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Keyboard/Computer:                          Continuous
  • Office Equipment:                               Continuous
  • Phone                                                  Continuous

Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Frequent


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 Corporation of North America.

REQ: REQ-144938 Engineering

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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