Manager- Manufacturing Finance USA

First Solar

First Solar

Accounting & Finance
Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Job Description

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

Basic Job Functions:

A Manager of Manufacturing Finance provides financial leadership to at least one manufacturing site, supply chain, or logistics. The role collaborates with multiple disciplines and provides analytical insight to leadership. The role further supports a range of value-added insights including short term financial planning, ad hoc financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting, management and KPI reporting. The role requires effective business partnering on initiatives to drive lower cost and improve financial performance while delivering on an accurate and reliable monthly close. The role would manage a team of financial analysts.


  • 5+ years combined experience working for a public multi-national company and / or a public accounting firm;
  • Industry experience with manufacturing (required), renewable energy and / or technology, preferred;
  • Experience working with international teams, Asia preferred;
  • Demonstrated history of agility and ability to manage change in a fast paced and high growth environment;
  • Experience preparing and/or presenting annual budgets, short-term plans, operational metrics, and monthly actual and forecast results to site leadership;
  • Experience in plant controllership and driving cost reduction projects; and
  • Proven track record of developing value driven business process transformation that fosters collaborative functional leader buy in, system improvements, and cost efficient business processes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance related field, required
  • MBA or Master’s degree in finance related field, preferred
  • Certified Public Accountant, preferred
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, preferred

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to make decisions by assimilating multiple sources of information from global constituents and applying experience, judgment and logical reasoning in an ambiguous, changing, and fast-paced environment;
  • Strong business acumen and ability to identify and succinctly communicate financial issues, opportunities, or threats to the operating and financial performance of the manufacturing site;
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of concepts and principles within own discipline and have a basic commercial awareness and business acumen within other disciplines;
  • Solid oral and written communication with a proven ability to distill information for its intended audience and an ability to negotiate internally and often at higher levels in the organization;
  • Strong numerical proficiency, organizational, problem-solving skills and use of logic;
  • Ability to operate effectively within a global multi-cultural organization and collaborate cross functionally;
  • Efficient at performing and reviewing analysis, spotting errors, and teaching others to review while establishing high quality standards of performance and identifying opportunities to provide value-added analysis beyond basic actuals, forecasts, budgets, and reports;
  • A strong working knowledge of technical U.S. GAAP in inventory accounting and hands on experience performing inventory close related activities in a standard and actual cost environment;
  • Familiarity with enterprise resource management and finance systems; and
  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides business partnering for at least one manufacturing site, supply chain, or logistics while possessing an ability to identify and succinctly communicate financial opportunities / threats to the operating and financial performance of the company;
  • Develop and report on corporate-wide manufacturing and operational performance metrics for product costing and inventory management while assisting the business to drive cost reductions initiatives;
  • Support the development of the Company’s long term and short term financial projections, department budgets, cash flow projections, and any operational or strategic initiatives to maximize profitability and/or enable cost reduction initiatives;
  • Collaborate with IT and other functional leaders to implement business processes, systems, reporting, and process enhancements that are cost effective, scalable, and compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley (404);
  • Review the accuracy of the financial close and compliance with US GAAP;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with external auditors to support quarterly reviews, annual audits, and timely resolution of accounting or Sarbanes-Oxley (404) issues;
  • Manages the goals, development, and efficient deployment of a team of financial analysts;
  • Other duties as assigned; and
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the Head of Manufacturing Finance
  • Oversee local and/or international teams, approximately 2-5 direct reports


  • U.S. and international travel of typically not to exceed 10% of time, required

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $95,000 - $130,000

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.