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Manager- Manufacturing NPI

Job Description

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.


Primary Job Functions:


Responsible to Co-ordinate Manufacturing Operation resources & Manufacturing Shop Floor execution to support New Process change Programs. Responsible to Co-ordinate Manufacturing Operation resources to achieve and complete New Process change Training & Certification. Responsible to Co-ordinate Manufacturing resources to manage and maintain New Process change temporary module staging area and inventory.



  • Leading manufacturing readiness planning and execution to support new technology and process changes in DNM site. The scope covers DNM Site (6 plants).
  • Primary owner responsible to Plan & Co-ordinate with Manufacturing Operation to mobilize Manufacturing Resources to support New Process change during Product Qualification and Manufacturing Qualification test run execution
  • Primatry owner responsible to Influence, Translate and Organize New technology and  Process change Manning Layout (where required) with Manufacturing Operation team to support New Process change ETA & Implementation phases
  • Primary owner responsible to Co-ordinate Manufacturing Operation Resources to complete Traning modules as per identified and required in support of New Process Change timely ahead of change execution. Develop New Process change training schedules and interface with Manufacturing Operation to ensure training delivery completion prior to New Process change Implementation.
  • Primary Owner responsible to manage ETA physical inventory staging at the designated Enigneering On Hold Kanban area. Interface with New Process Program Team and Manufacturing Operation to approve and manage ETA Bin release (Handshake with Finishing/Boxing Supervisor on physical ETA Bin module release).
  • Primary Owner responsible to Document & Update DNM WIP Transfer Configuration and Mobilization Strategy during New Process change ETA/Qualification runs.
  • Primary Owner responsible to Co-ordinate with Manufacturing Operation to manage NCP physical inventory (as required) and staging related to New Process change execution.
  • Responsible to organize and schedule New Process change Training & Certification execution with DNM Operation Training Department to achieve training completion prior to New Process change execution.
  • Actively participate and interact with New Process Program Team to provide Manufacturing Operational Feedbacks/Inputs/Training Needs during both planning & execution stages.
  • Maintain effective communication at cross functions/levels and foster teamwork to achieve New Process change objectives and milestones.
  • Primary owner to drive manufacturing operation FMEA and capacity validation for NPI/process changes.



Specialist Experience


  • Minimum BS in Manufacturing/Production/Industrial Engineering, any Engineering Discipline or equivalent.
  • MSc in a related technical field or an MBA is a plus.



  • Minimum 8 years of working experience in Manufacturing Operations or Engineering role in a high-tech industry (Photovoltaic or Semiconductor) or a Technology based High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) environment is preferred.
  • Experience in Project Management with prior engagement in New Process or Technology transfer.



    • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
    • A moderate degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
    • Ensure adherence to all First Solar processes and procedures, including safety, housekeeping and etcs.
    • May require some degree of traveling as needed to facilitate New Process transfer.



    • Proven organizational skills – ability to prioritize.
    • Strong knowledge of basic Engineering techniques and practices.
    • Knowledge of MS Office software (strong knowledge of Powerpoint/Excel required).
    • Understanding of Underwriters Laboratory (UL), ISO 9000/14000 & OSHAS 18000 standards/procedures (experience preferred).



    • Select, evaluate, and develop qualification plan objectives with minimal supervision required.
    • Prioritize tasks consistent with achieving overall Organizational/Department metrics and goals.
    • Implement planning decisions based on team consensus to weighted scorecard.
    • Able to functionally serve as a delegate for their direct manager with moderate guidance.



    • Ability to assess, define and solve complex supplier and material procurement issues with minimal supervision.
    • Apply appropriate benchmarks, data analysis, and risk management techniques to solve problems.
    • Ability to contribute & influence team based initiatives and contribute to the development of mutually beneficial solutions.



    • Understands and demonstrates intermediate project management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and meet project deadlines.
    • Ability to close projects on time with a minimal level of supervision.
    • Demonstrated experience writing test plans, analyzing/reporting data, and documenting results and conclusions based on plans and data.



    • Relationships with Cross Functional teams are maintained and improved with excellent communication.
    • Contributes and influences the cooperative efforts among members of a project team. 
    • Frequently interacts with functional peers and negotiates support and production time with Engineering/Manufacturing groups.
    • Interaction normally requires the ability to gain cooperation of others, conduct presentations concerning specific projects, objectives and schedules to functional Managers/Directors within various organizational levels.



    • Works on projects and issues of moderate complexity where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current departmental needs.
    • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. 
    • Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods/techniques for obtaining solutions.
    • Develops and administers project plan schedules and performance requirements with minimal supervision.
    • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.



    • Ensure adherence to all Safety Procedures and Housekeeping standards.
    • Will sit or stand for long periods of time throughout the day.
    • Required to lift up to 25 lbs.
    • Will walk and climb stairs.
    • Will reach over shoulder heights and below waist.
    • Required to use hands to lift, handle, carry or feel.
    • May be required to kneel, bend, talk and hear.
    • Specific vision abilities are required.




    Please note that all information in this job description is accurate at the time of posting. Please be aware that companies may change details and/or closing dates without notice.




Job Summary

First Solar
Dong Nam
  • Vietnam
  • Energy/Environment/Utilities
Job Type
  • Full-time
  • Negotiable
18 March 2019
Applications Deadline
10 May 2019

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