Lead- Warehouse Continuous Improvement (8a-5p)

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Job Description

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

This role will Supervise and coordinate a team of shift supervisors in assigned area to meet the daily warehouse activities to maintain inventory accuracy and smooth operations in accordance with standards and procedures. The scope of the role includes resolving operational issues, coaching, and managing work performance of the team, coordinating material inventory and shipments to ensure no disruption to manufacturing operations or customer shipments, identifying opportunities for improvement, and minimizing warehouse expenses.


  • Five (5) or more years of related supervisory, warehouse, and/or logistics experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience managing a warehouse operation of more than 20 associates


  • Associate Degree in Supply Chain/Logistics/Transportation or Business-related field.
  • Six Sigma and/or lean certification preferred

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of warehouse and inventory control concepts (FIFO, Kanban, cycle counting practices, etc.).
  • Proven organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Excellent understanding of computer applications (Word, Excel, Access, ERP systems, etc.).
  • Proven developmental and training skills.
  • Ability to develop a strong safety culture and practice in the workplace
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills
  • Proven employee relations skills and knowledge of HR practices.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems effectively.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and coordinate a team of Shift Supervisors to meet the daily warehouse activity to maintain the accuracy of inventory, Receiving and Shipping activities and ensure smooth operations in accordance with standards and procedures and safety standards.
  • Resolve operation issues to ensure smooth S&R activities are being carried out.
  • Coach and manage work performance of a team of warehouse associates to be aligned with department expectations and goals.
  • Coordinate warehouse material inventory and shipment to ensure no disruption to manufacturing operation and shipment activities.
  • Responsible to interface with stakeholders to ensure correct materials/ products flow to maintain shipping/receiving data information accuracy.
  • Responsible to resolve receiving/shipping discrepancies (if any) to minimize inventory variance.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for improvement to increase department efficiency and minimize cost.
  • Working with Human Resource Department closely in handling employee relations issues to ensure correct action are addressed on timely manner
  • Will take up the responsibilities as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) within the Warehouse Operations organization, in 1 of the 7 focus areas identified. As SME of one of these areas, the Lead, will ensure the proper documentation, training and coaching in the respective subject matter for all warehouse associates. This includes sharing, learning, and standardizing the same focus areas with other site Lead.
    • Material Handling Equipment (Management, Maintenance & Safety)
    • Inventory/Space Management and Optimization
    • Audit and Compliance
    • Finished Good (Process & Optimization)
    • Warehouse ETE Process/System & CI
    • Project & People Management
    • Material Handling (Process & Optimization)
  • Manages execution at all internal and external warehouses that support manufacturing sites. To ensure on time and continuous material supply from warehouse to manufacturing.
  • Manages and control all warehouse expenses according to the warehouse budget
  • Responsible for accurate work instructions & procures to meet SOX and ISO requirements
  • Accountable for all KPI’s associated with warehouse operations and related corrective actions for misses
  • Responsible for driving a safety culture and practice in the warehouse operations among the associates. Enhancing the safety culture within the site
  • Lead management, customer, and auditor line walk / MBWA
  • Maintain and supervise warehouse cost control
  • Daily housekeeping / 5S in warehouse
  • Ensure on time preventive maintenance of all warehouse MHE, tools and equipment
  • Execute Plant startup/equipment & technology upgrade activities involving warehouse area
  • Coordinate shunting or interplant truck operation

Reporting Relationships:

This position will be responsible for managing the Warehouse operations supporting the Module Manufacturing operations.


May travel up to 10% of time, including internationally

Estimated Salary Range:

$75,100- $107,000 annually

Physical Requirements:

  • Hybrid 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).

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.

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.