Lead- New Product Introduction

First Solar

  • Tamil Nadu, India
Lead- New Product Introduction
Job Posted : May 23rd, 2023

Job Description

Leads NPI programs or a portfolio of NPI programs consisting of technology, process, and equipment improvements. Responsible to lead coordination of Manufacturing Operation resources & Manufacturing Shop Floor execution to support New Process change Programs. Responsible to coordinate Manufacturing Operation resources to achieve and complete New Process change Training & Certification. Responsible to coordinate Manufacturing resources to manage and maintain New Process change temporary module staging area and inventory.  NPI Engineer III position will take part in sustaining and replication rotation when reporting to a functional area manager.


  • Leading manufacturing readiness planning and execution to support new technology and process changes in DNM site. The scope covers DNM Site (6 plants).
  • Primary owner responsible to Plan & Co-ordinate with Manufacturing Operation to mobilize Manufacturing Resources to support New Process change during Product Qualification and Manufacturing Qualification test run execution
  • Primary owner responsible to Influence, Translate and Organize New technology and Process change Manning Layout (where required) with Manufacturing Operation team to support New Process change ETA & Implementation phases
  • Primary owner responsible to Co-ordinate Manufacturing Operation Resources to complete Training modules as per identified and required in support of New Process Change timely ahead of change execution. Develop New Process change training schedules and interface with Manufacturing Operation to ensure training delivery completion prior to New Process change Implementation.
  • Primary Owner responsible to manage ETA physical inventory staging at the designated Engineering on Hold Kanban area. Interface with New Process Program Team and Manufacturing Operation to approve and manage ETA Bin release (Handshake with Finishing/Boxing Supervisor on physical ETA Bin module release).
  • Primary Owner responsible to Document & Update DNM WIP Transfer Configuration and Mobilization Strategy during New Process change ETA/Qualification runs.
  • Primary Owner responsible to Co-ordinate with Manufacturing Operation to manage NCP physical inventory (as required) and staging related to New Process change execution.
  • Responsible to organize and schedule New Process change Training & Certification execution with DNM Operation Training Department to achieve training completion prior to New Process change execution.
  • Actively participate and interact with New Process Program Team to provide Manufacturing Operational Feedbacks/Inputs/Training Needs during both planning & execution stages.
  • Maintain effective communication at cross functions/levels and foster teamwork to achieve New Process change objectives and milestones.
  • Primary owner to drive manufacturing operation FMEA and capacity validation for NPI/process changes.


  • Technical Disciplines / Degree in one of the following fields – Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechatronics, Chemical, Materials Science or Applied Physics.
  • Associates Degree in a technical discipline with:
    •  2 years’ experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineer I or
    •  4-6 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting, or
    • 2 years Engineering experience and 6 years technical experience in a manufacturing setting or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline with:
    • 2 years’ experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineer II or
    • 3-6 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting or
    • 4 years Engineering experience and 4 years technical experience in a manufacturing setting or
  • MS Degree in a technical discipline with 2-4 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting.


  • Minimum 3-5 years of working experience in Manufacturing Operations or Engineering role in a high-tech industry (Photovoltaic or Semiconductor or PCBA) or a Technology based High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) environment is preferred.
  • Experience in Project Management with prior engagement in New Process or Technology transfer in manufacturing environment.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft project, excel and PowerPoint.



  • Possess good leadership skills
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Good analytical and strategic thinking
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • A moderate degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Ensure adherence to all First Solar processes and procedures, including safety, housekeeping and etc.
  • May require some degree of traveling as needed to facilitate New Process transfer.


  • Proven organizational skills – ability to prioritize.
  • Strong knowledge of basic Engineering techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of MS Office software (strong knowledge of Microsoft Project/PowerPoint/Excel required).
  • Understanding of Underwriters Laboratory (UL), ISO 9000/14000 & OSHAS 18000 standards/procedures (experience preferred).


  • Select, evaluate, and develop qualification plan objectives with minimal supervision required.
  • Prioritize tasks consistent with achieving overall Organizational/Department metrics and goals.
  • Implement planning decisions based on team consensus to weighted scorecard.
  • Able to functionally serve as a delegate for their direct manager with moderate guidance.


  • Ability to assess, define and solve complex supplier and material procurement issues with minimal supervision.
  • Apply appropriate benchmarks, data analysis, and risk management techniques to solve problems.
  • Ability to contribute & influence team-based initiatives and contribute to the development of mutually beneficial solutions.


  • Understands and demonstrates intermediate project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to close projects on time with a minimal level of supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience writing test plans, analyzing/reporting data, and documenting results and conclusions based on plans and data.


  • Relationships with Cross Functional teams are maintained and improved with excellent communication.
  • Contributes and influences the cooperative efforts among members of a project team.
  • Frequently interacts with functional peers and negotiates support and production time with Engineering/Manufacturing groups.
  • Interaction normally requires the ability to gain cooperation of others, conduct presentations concerning specific projects, objectives and schedules to functional Managers/Directors within various organizational levels.


  • Works on projects and issues of moderate complexity where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current departmental needs.
  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action.
  • Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods/techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Develops and administers project plan schedules and performance requirements with minimal supervision.
  • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.


  • Ensure adherence to all Safety Procedures and Housekeeping standards.
  • Will sit or stand for long periods of time throughout the day.
  • Required to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Will walk and climb stairs.
  • Will reach over shoulder heights and below waist.
  • Required to use hands to lift, handle, carry or feel.
  • May be required to kneel, bend, talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities are required.


  • Tamil Nadu, India.

Company Overview:-

First Solar is leading the world’s sustainable energy future. We are an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries of 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. Our cost-advantaged solar technology boasts the smallest carbon footprint, lowest life cycle water use, and fastest energy payback in the industry. We are delivering solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges including climate change, energy security, water scarcity, and the unsustainable growing consumption of natural resources. At First Solar, you will feel valued, appreciated and challenged, working side-by-side with some of the top minds in the industry. You will be regularly updated on the company’s goals, progress and achievements. First Solar maintains a culture where all associates work together to lead the world’s sustainable energy future. We believe in employee engagement, collaboration, well-being and productivity for all generations and emerging work styles. We’re changing the world. Now, let us start with yours. First Solar is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. First Solar’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by application country, federal, state or local laws; the company prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.