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Manager- Continuous Improvement – Integrated Supply Chain USA | First Solar | Perrysburg, OH, United States

Basic Job Functions:

This person will be responsible for business process improvements within the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) and will operate as a business analyst and project leader for both procedure change management, process, and technology continuous improvement initiatives.  As such, part of the responsibilities will be to manage process analysis and lead teams across the ISC to implement appropriate changes that resolve process and technology gaps, and/or drive efficiency improvements. This person will interact with cross functional peers across First Solar to aid with root cause analysis in identified inefficient and or broken processes. This person will also be responsible for leading system implementations, managing metrics and reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related technical or business field, plus a minimum of five (5) years of experience in Supply Chain or Process Improvement functions
  • Lean or Six Sigma certification preferred
  • ISM or APICS Certification preferred
  • 5+ years of project management, management consulting, and/or process improvement experience, preferably in manufacturing, sourcing, and procurement
  • Strong working knowledge of problem solving / root cause analysis and process management required; Six Sigma, Lean and/or kaizen highly desired
  • Strong familiarity with SAP, Ariba, Oracle and/or other E-procurement, Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) and supply chain cloud solutions
  • Experience working with supply and replenishment planning based on inventory levels, system inputs and supplementary data coming from cross functional teams desired
  • Experience working with a global organization including familiarity with global compliance & regulations impacting ISC desired
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in cross functional collaboration, facilitating meetings, identifying / tracking risks and mitigation plans, cost benefit analysis & delivering results
  • Ability to find, gather, clean up and analyze data from various sources
  • Ability to identify gaps in processes or reporting that needs to be addressed
  • The candidate must be able to work independently across functions and at multiple levels
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change initiatives and drive process excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to make a significant change in a variety of environments with multiple learning experiences
  • Strong capability to coach and mentor both functionally and cross functionally
  • Strong success record of working in a matrix environment with a focus on building relationships and driving improvements

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