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Sr. Direct Purchasing Analyst - PENA KS

REQ: REQ-143272 Procurement

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.

Essential Duties:

  • Manage purchase order or raw materials for specific categories.
  • Manage direct materials suppliers including on time shipments, logistics tracking, and goods receipts.
  • Work with the technology organization on purchasing systems and reporting enhancement.
  • Responsible for maintaining target inventory levels for specific raw material categories
  • Engage relevant internal stakeholders such as Legal, Risk Assessment, and Sourcing Managers as needed in finalizing agreements
  • Manage Panasonic’s Purchasing in SAP
  • Address any Purchasing system service or delivery issues directly with the supplier
  • Resolve order and invoicing issues with users, suppliers and/or Corporate Accounts Payable
  • Generate and analyze reports on POs and invoices to track performance and identify efficiency improvement opportunities

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 Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or similar discipline

Essential Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of procurement or supply chain management experience in areas such as manufacturing, purchasing, or other area.
  • Prior experience with direct materials and commodities.
  • SC Planning experience a plus.
  • Strong analytics and financial skills
  • Experience with sourcing and supplier management
  • Ability to lead and influence change in the face of complexity and ambiguity  
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, organization, and project management skills  
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management 
  • Knowledge of technology applications enabling procurement and strategic sourcing  
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal supervision 
  • Excellent skills in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Tableau preferred
  • Highly motivated, flexible, proactive with a continuous improvement mentality
  • Thrives in fast paced, goal oriented, dynamic organization with time sensitive deadlines
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skill
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to interface effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to provide timely and effective written and verbal communications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Japan speaking preferred but not required.
  • Experience in energy, mining, or technology preferred.
  • Preferred prior experience with Procure to Pay, ERP, Supplier Onboarding and Source to Pay
  • Experience with supplier portal applications.

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-143272 Procurement

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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