Supervisor- Manufacturing II

First Solar
Dong Nam
09 Nov 2018
09 Dec 2018
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:
  • Experience in electrical, mechanical and chemical industrial applications
  • Three (3) years of First Solar or industry supervisory experience or combination of some equivalent years in First Solar or industry engineering or team lead experience.
  • Manage or participate in continuous improvement projects
  • Thorough understanding of all production processes and equipment

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering or Science preferred

Required Skills/Competencies:
  • Business fluency in English and Vietnamese, spoken and written is required
  • Ability to understand and coordinate scheduling of multiple manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of inventory processes and systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality systems
  • Coordinate and prioritize multiple projects in a manufacturing environment
  • Facilitate cross training between positions and production units
  • Basic project management
  • Effective communication and supervisory skills
  • Proven decision making skills
  • Solid people skills and a positive, outgoing attitude
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • The ideal candidate should have the ability to think outside the box and to develop unique and timely solutions
  • Experience and working knowledge of continuous improvement tools
  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate, schedule and prioritize production related activities, personnel, projects, planning and other functions within assigned crew and with other crews and support departments
  • First line of defense for device IV/Efficiency and yield issues troubleshooting in shift. Review all key process input and output parameters, commonality study to trigger fast mixing test, and perform next level analysis to isolate the possible contributing process before escalate to engineering.
  • Manage crew specific projects as related to safety, quality and/or productivity
  • Will assume delegate responsibilities for Shift Manager as required
  • As required to fill-in for manufacturing supervisors, directly supervise daily production. Able to utilize Kronos and Workday where applicable
  • Lead, manage and participate in cross functional continuous improvement activities/teams. Support efforts to consistently exceed customer expectations
  • Responsible for controlling costs to maintain budget accuracy
  • Monitors and coordinates Work-in-Process (WIP) optimization between manufacturing units for each process. Maintains product inventory accuracy
  • Support all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards, including our 5S system
  • Effective use of internal manufacturing software for production tracking
  • Utilize Theory of Constraints (TOC) methodology to maximize throughout
  • Coordinate with Manufacturing Specialist and other supervisors on day to day issues
  • Evaluate and monitor manufacturing processes ensuring cycle time is being met
  • Responsible for eliminating downtime constraints in assigned area (eg: find root cause and resolve the issue, leverage support teams to improve quality and productivity).
  • Train and mentor Supervisor I&II associates
  • Monitors and maintains training matrix in Workday. Identify training opportunities to develop and maintain a highly motivated and capable team
  • Monitor and maintain training guides and track training progress of team
  • Coordinate on-the-job training of manufacturing associates
  • Maintain all associate records in Workday. Maintain accurate time keeping for manufacturing associates in the Kronos system
  • Participate in performance appraisals
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Reporting Relationships:
  • No direct reports

  • No regular travel is required outside the First Solar global work site.

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.
Language Requirements
English (Required), Vietnamese (Required)-
Manufacturing, Team Leadership/Supervisory-
Bachelors: Engineering-
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, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.

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