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Program Manager- Technology IV at First Solar Inc

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio

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:

Provides Program Management for complex cross-functional programs within the Research and Development arena.  Independently develops and improves CCPM project plans, interfaces with Technology, Product Management, Manufacturing, Corporate Engineering, Quality and Reliability, Supply Chain, Finance, Environmental Health and Safety, and other departments as required.


  • 7+ years experience in Program Management

  • 5 years experience in Research and Development environment providing New Product / Process (development through roll out to high volume manufacturing) Program Management

  • 7+ years experience using MS Project or equivalent project management tools

  • PMP or PgMP certification, required

  • 3 years TOC/CCPM Program Management experience, preferred

  • 3 years Concerto software experience, preferred


  • BS degree in Engineering Discipline, required

  • BS degree Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, preferred

  • MS Degree in Engineering Discipline, preferred

  • MBA will be considered, but must have technology experience

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated project management skills in a technology development environment

  • Advanced understanding of Quality and Reliability requirements to bring new products or processes to manufacturing

  • Advanced negotiation skills to obtain cooperation and commitment to project deliverables

  • Advanced skills in all aspects of project planning and execution

  • Advanced proficiency in project management software – MS Project, Concerto an advantage

  • Capable of providing program management for greated than 5 projects simultaneously

  • Communicates clearly, oral and written, across the organization

  • Strong assertive characteristics to push projects through to completion

  • Partners with stakeholders to coordinate resources, activities and priorities for rapid project completion

  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to assertively motivate project participants

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Independantly builds and improves CCPM project plans around existing technology project portfolio

  • Takes ownership for overall project schedule; Drives projects to completion on-time and on-budget

  • Builds interfaces between organizations to ensure successful hand-offs

  • Negotiate project goals and develop mitigation plans

  • Manage program review meetings, track action items, and motivate program stakeholders

  • Maintain software infrastructure to keep project plans and action items up to date

  • Independantly initiates improvements and standardization of Program Management Information Systems and Methodologies

Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift

  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis

  • Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis

  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis

  • 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required

  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures

  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis

  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis

  • 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)

Please note: 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.