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Supplier Quality Engineer

REQ: REQ-132720 Quality

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Supplier Quality Engineer

Shift: Day Shift

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is seeking ambitious engineers to lead the world’s largest lithium ion battery initiative. With superior battery designs and the fastest manufacturing lines in the world, Panasonic is producing millions of batteries per day at the Gigafactory to support Tesla’s electric vehicle and energy storage businesses. Panasonic invites you to join us in this ongoing full-scale effort to electrify our society. At PENA, engineers quickly become experts in the fundamentals of lithium-ion cell technology and work to integrate that understanding with high speed, automated manufacturing methods to produce the highest performance and highest quality lithium ion batteries. 

Essential Duties:

  • Establishing quality control requirements with suppliers for the battery production process.
  • Conducting investigations within production process to identify material root cause.
  • Monitoring quality performance of raw materials upon receipt and within process.
  • Providing feedback to suppliers to ensure consistency, quality, and delivery of raw materials.
  • Following up with suppliers to implement corrective actions and ensure closure of non-conforming issues.
  • Collaborating with suppliers on process improvement initiatives.
  • Conducting supplier process and performance audits.
  • Communicating with multiple departments (procurement, production, engineering, etc.) to complete material related projects. 
  • 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 may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, 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

Education:

  • Basic:  Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or similar discipline.
  • Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or similar discipline.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of laboratory/materials analysis experience.
  • Data analysis experience utilizing tools such as Minitab, JMP, or MATLAB.
  • Experience including quality control of batteries or electronic devices. Quality assurance work is desired.
  • Familiarity with quality management tools (control chart, FTA, FMEA, etc.) and MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Experience conducting quality investigations, failure analysis, and working hands-on within the production process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using ISO 9001 quality management system auditing.
  • Experience with laboratory analysis using SEM, ICP, Karl Fischer, tensile-testers, or similar tools.
  • Extensive data analysis experience such as statistical process control of production data.
  • Experience in defect reduction of high-volume manufacturing products.
  • Experience interfacing and working with suppliers to provide feedback on nonconformities, etc.
  • Familiarity with the Japanese language is desired but not required.

Physical Demands:

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

  • Sit:                                                       20%
  • Walk:                                                   50%
  • Stand:                                                 20%
  • Lift:                                                      10%

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:

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic's role at the Gigafactory is to manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells to Tesla for their electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Together with our partner Tesla, we continue to revolutionize the lithium-ion battery space and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transportation.

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

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.

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-132720 Quality

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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