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Materials Engineering General Manager (PENA)

Company: Panasonic Energy of North America
Location: Sparks
Posted on: August 27, 2020

Job Description:

MATERIALS ENGINEERING GENERAL MANAGER

Job Summary

The Materials Engineering General Manager is responsible for developing and leading various teams that proactively manages and delivers consistent raw materials to our manufacturing teams and drives continuous quality improvements in the supply chain. The manager will be a change agent that works closely with the global Procurement team and other Engineering leaders to initiate and drive effective supplier management practices that deliver value to PENA. The individual will direct teams and work closely with Manufacturing teams in order to resolve customer/internal issues related to raw materials.Essential Duties:

* Lead and manage a global material engineering team through talent acquisition, people development and coaching, and training

* Support the team and own supplier interaction for raw materials if required

* Align the Materials Engineering team with the Business, Operations and Customer Quality teams to identify and drive impactful improvements in the supply chain, including business continuity plans

* Build effective working relationships with key individuals at all suppliers and with internal stakeholders to influence quality, variation reduction and cost improvement projects

* Develop and execute continuous improvement plans on key raw material supply chains including, when appropriate, six sigma projects

* Support Customer facing team for Customer Audits and inquiries on all raw materials

* Be the primary technical resource for all supplier quality interactions including supplier corrective actions, audits and scorecards. Drive on-time root cause analysis and corrective action for deficiencies

* Conducting hands-on failure analyses

* Materials characterization, metallurgical analysis

* Provide leadership during problem resolution events and management of change opportunities

* Effective communication of results to technical and non-technical staff and clients

* Establish and meet aggressive and achievable goals and metrics focusing on quality and productivity

* Be a key player in the local leadership team for all issues

* Champion and support all corporate EH&S and Quality initiatives.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION Master s Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Engineering. PhD and/or MBA a plus. Knowledge of Six-Sigma required. Six-Sigma Green Belt preferred

EXPERIENCE Five years minimum work experience in Chemical or Materials Production environment, experience within lithium ion battery production industry a plus. Five + years experience in leadership role with demonstrated/proven effectiveness in a matrix organization and project management. Solid operations or R&D background in chemical or materials manufacturing environment with a focus in any or all of the following: Research and Development, Supply Chain management, Manufacturing, Quality, and/or Production management

* Business acumen; ability understand the relevant business drivers and translate them in meaningful operational activities.

* Talent Development; ability to attract, develop, and retain highly capable team members in a global organization across multiple cultural and regional environments

* Analytical; skill in applying statistics to seize opportunities, including SPC/SQC, Six Sigma, Measurement System Analysis, Analytical Methods and Metrology

* Leadership; capability to build relationships, lead and empower teams and drive activity through a balance of influence and inspiration

* Communications; skill in concise and clear verbal and written communications and experience with front line supplier and customer interactions

* Systems Thinking; experience with implementing Quality Systems to support business growth

Preferred Experience

* Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering

* Strong background in materials characterization techniques (e.g. metallography, SEM, EDS, FIB, and/or X-ray radiography/diffraction, etc.) is required

* Knowledge of failure analysis desired

* Must be team oriented

* Extensive hands-on experience in analytical chemistry techniques, including spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, DMA) and rheology. Ability to provide an understanding beyond standardized protocols (e.g. ASTM, ISO)

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with attention to detail are required

* Expertise in organic and inorganic materials is considered a plus

* Ability to interact effectively with various levels of management is required

* Proficient in MS Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

ABOUT US

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.In addition to an environment that s as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits. Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.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 or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. 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 Corporation of North America. 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 of North America. #LI-CB1.

Keywords: Panasonic Energy of North America, Sparks , Materials Engineering General Manager (PENA), Engineering , Sparks, Nevada

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