Manager- Shift

First Solar
Dong Nam
23 Apr 2019
23 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
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:
  • Minimum 7 years of manufacturing experience
  • 5 years of management experience

  • Minimum - A Degree in any discipline. Candidates with Technical Degree will have an added advantage.

Required Skills/Competencies:
  • Business fluency in English and Vietnamese, spoken and written is required
  • Proven ability to effectively manage salaried and production associates
  • Excellent understanding of computer applications.
  • Proven ability to train and develop associates
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively manage employee relations
  • Knowledge of Human Resources Practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated record of quality, cycle time and cost improvements using TOC, lean manufacturing and Kaizen concepts.
  • Knowledgeable in environmental, health and safety requirements
  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment and processes.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems effectively.

  • Behavioral:
  • Discipline and meticulous in conducting his/her duties.
  • Possesses leadership capabilities and able to lead a flexible workforce

  • Technical:
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze engineering and statistical data.
  • Able to make good engineering proposals and solutions.
  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Uses the TOC (Theory of Constrain) methodology to improve productivity.
  • Analyze and elevate constrains in the shift. Drives productivity in the shift and focus on continuous improvements on productivity.
  • Provide excellent leadership by example from the shop floor to everyone on your shift, acting with integrity and ensuring that the company values are being promoted at all times.
  • Inspire your team to achieve excellent results on a shiftly basis, ensuring motivation levels remain high and encourage your team to participate in the success of the business. Part of this will be to make sure the roles and responsibilities of each team member are clear at the beginning of each shift.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships within the team, ensuring that hard work and success are recognized and rewarded in a fair and motivational way.
  • Promote the First Solar Values through coaching and setting a great example while remaining calm under pressure. To maintain the balance of each shift, motivating and easing the team through difficult periods.
  • Working with the Manufacturing Manager to ensure the team is properly trained and that they get ongoing development through structured plans. Thus will provide the team with coaching and support on the spot to deal with any potential issues.
  • Working in an ISO 14001 certification environment, you are required to ensure that all Safety and Environmental practices are adhered to at all times in the shift. Role modeling and coaching subordinates in the shift on good Safety practices is a must.
  • Act as the ERT commander when on duty and take charge of emergency situations when required.
  • Shape the workforce to a quality mindset to achieve the highest quality standards. Working in an ISO 9001 environment requires strict compliance to the Quality System & Control.
  • Drives the workforce towards a world class environment by applying the 5S methodology. Ensures that housekeeping is kept at the highest level of cleanliness and maintained at all times.
  • Responsible to train and to adopt the 7 steps problem solving methodology in the daily running of the shift.
  • Mentor and coach shift supervisors and take the lead in shift operation.
  • Responsible to set the pace for the shift operation
  • Facilitate the execution of shift operation in terms of safety, quality, productivity and cost goals.
  • Plan all aspects of production to meet internal and external requirements.
  • Understand yield and quality requirements and make decisions that improve quality and yields.
  • Comply with, understand, and enforce all company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Reporting Relationships:
(Note: These are estimated numbers and are subject to changes)
  • No. of Direct Reports: 4 (Supervisors + Manufacturing Specialist)
  • No. of Headcount Coverage Overall => 60

  • Up to 10% of global travel is expected

Physical Requirements:
  • Able to perform normal physical movements (e.g. standing & sitting for a long period, lifting, carrying and climbing) according to EHS ergonomic guidelines.
  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to 12 hours per day.
  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis.
  • Will lift up to 23 kg on an occasional basis, according to Minister of Health guidelines
  • Will lift up to 17 kg on a frequent basis, according to Minister of Health guidelines
  • Will push or pull up to 13 kg of force on an occasional basis.
  • Will push or pull up to 5 kg of force on a frequent basis.
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • 20/40 vision in each eye (with or without correction) and the ability to distinguish between red, yellow and green is required.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards).
  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair).

Office Physical Requirements:
All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable jurisdictional laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of applicable disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

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