Program Manager- Manufacturing Global III USA

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

  • Provides Program Management for complex cross-functional programs within the Global Manufacturing arena. With direction, develops project plans, interfaces with Technology, Product Management, HVM, High-Speed Rollout Team, Quality and Reliability, Supply Chain, Finance, Environmental Health and Safety, and other departments as required.


  • 5 – 7 years’ experience in Program Management
  • 5 years’ experience in a high-tech, high-volume manufacturing environment preferred. Ideally in the area of New Product / Process (development through roll out to high volume manufacturing) and change management of existing technologies and products and projects involving large capital budgets and/or new facility startups.
  • 5 – 7 years’ experience using MS Project or equivalent project management tools
  • PMP or PgMP certification, preferred.
  • 3 years TOC/CCPM Program Management experience, preferred.
  • BS Degree in Engineering or related technical field, required.
  • MS Degree in Engineering Discipline, preferred.
  • MBA will be considered but must have technology experience.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Demonstrated project management skills in a manufacturing environment.
  • Intermediate understanding of Quality and Reliability requirements to bring new products or processes to manufacturing.
  • Intermediate to Advanced negotiation skills to obtain cooperation and commitment to project deliverables.
  • Intermediate to Advanced skills in all aspects of project planning and execution
  • Intermediate proficiency in project management software – MS Project, Concerto an advantage
  • Capable of providing program management of 3 to 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 interpersonal skills and ability to assertively motivate project participants.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Independently builds project plans around existing Global Manufacturing 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.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will not have direct reports.


  • 0% - 5% (On occasion/as needed for training, etc.)

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $88,400-$126,000 annually.

US 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 state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the 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 band any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.