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Japanese/English Interpreter

Job Details

Corporate Headquarters - Bardstown, KY
Full Time
Human Resources



NPR of America, INC is seeking a Japanese to English translator/interpreter at our Bardstown, KY location.  This will be a full-time first shift position as a key component to our team.  Great opportunity!NPR is a premier Tier I supplier of premium piston rings , serving both the OEM and Aftermarket segments throughout the world. 

Why NPR of America?

3 weeks of Paid Time Off!

Excellent Benefits

Ability to grow within the company

Tuition Reimbursement


What you will be doing

  • Facilitate communication by converting concepts in the source language to equivalent concepts in the target language.
  • Interpreter and translator for American and Japanese teams.
  • Support will also include assistance on production floor with Engineering, Quality and or Production teams.
  • Perform consecutive or whispered interpretation for video conferences, phone conversations, and in-person meetings.
  • Assimilate speakers’ words quickly, including technical communications and acronyms.
  • Take notes while listening to source content to aid memory and interpretation of all information.
  • Maintain a high level of concentration on spoken content for extended periods of time.
  • Render spoken messages accurately, quickly, and clearly.
  • Accurately convey the style and tone of the source language in the target language.
  • Translates written Japanese or English content as needed.
  • Prepares, creates and/or completes document translations as needed.
  • Other assignments as needed
  • Human Resources liaison with Japanese Expat Team members.
  • Handles expatriate onboarding program including: housing, education, bank accounts, intro to the U.S. in general.
  • Takes care of essential general affairs for the J Team from VISA management to locating medical providers for the Japanese physical as an example.
  • May occasionally accompany family (spouse etc. to appointments – school, etc.).
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned to meet human resources or other business needs.


  • Fluent speaker of both Japanese and English languages.
  • High school diploma or GED is required. 
  • College or certification is desired but not required (will consider prior experience).
  • Must be fluent in aspects of English and Japanese language from speaking, understanding, reading and writing.
  • Must be able to assimilate words quickly, analyze sentences and relay information.
  • Be versatile and able to switch interpreting directions based on spoken content.
  • Excellent memory; can concentrate on the spoken content while others are speaking or moving near the interpreter.
  • Be culturally sensitive and able to use the appropriate level of deference/politeness and confidentiality based on the situation and audience.
  • Prefer previous experience in position of same within a manufacturing environment.
  • Must be able to multi-task and possess above average computer skills with EXCEL, MS Office and Power Point.
  • Maintains a professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Confidentiality is required and non-negotiable.
  • Requires high level of organizational and time management skill sets.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, for long periods. 
  • Time will be required on the production floor assisting the teams as interpreter on a variety of events from meetings to equipment install and problem solving.

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