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MiaSolé, a pioneer and leading developer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film, lightweight, flexible photovoltaic solar panels, is expanding its commercial operations and is looking for great talent.   With headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley and manufacturing in China, we manufacture the lowest-cost, highest efficiency, flexible, lightweight thin-film solar panel in the world.  Our primary mission is to advance the extraordinary potential for harnessing solar power as a competitive, sustainable energy source.

Director Of Finance - Manufacturing Controller

Director of Finance – Manufacturing Controller

Summary Description

MiaSole, a growing global solar energy company, seeks a proactive and high energy Director of Manufacturing Financial Planning and Analysis who possesses strong instincts for business operations and a demonstrated ability to drive change and continuous improvement. He/she will lead the company in responsibility for manufacturing, inventory, supply chain and fixed asset finance. This role leads a team but is also very hands on, the team is currently 3 individuals including cost and fixed asset accounting.  He/she is pivotal to driving visibility and transparency in to our cost per watt results, and our levers to achieve our goals.  He/she interacts with executives across operations to assure timely and accurate reporting and forecasting of our operational key metrics, financial results for both gross margin and working capital.

Your track record of delivering innovative solutions and experience as a leader will enable you to build and manage manufacturing finance team and make an impact on decision making in a high-growth, complex organization.

Responsibilities:

Overall responsibility for the annual budget, financial forecasting and financial reporting processes for manufacturing, inventory, capital and supply chain;

  • Responsible for the operating and maintenance of the Oracle based cost accounting processes and systems, including cost per watt and monthly standard cost maintenance within the ERP system. This role is responsible for all raw materials, WIP, finished goods and spare parts
    • Responsible for managing the cost model and aligning projects to key cost reductions
    • Analyze and report actual versus planned costs and associated variances
    • Build a full accounting system that can be leveraged and expanded to multiple sites as we strive to build out our capacity
    • Approval and tracking of all materials purchases
    • Ensure appropriate controls are in place, including management reserves to appropriately value inventory and assets
  • Capital equipment – we are a highly vertically integrated manufacturer, and this role will support all aspects of capital accounting
    • Help plan and document execution of equipment builds
    • Review and approve all manufacturing related capital requests
    • Reconcile fixed asset build cost variance accounting and appropriate capitalization of completed equipment
    • Assess and develop full processes for equipment change order processes to assess financial impact and cash flow
    • Manage spare parts inventory accounting, including assessment of inventory controls, valuation
  • Creation of a standard set of reporting for internal management and preparing insightful and actionable performance analyses for senior leadership
  • Cadence and process to identify and manage intra quarter changes to deliver commitment per quarter and beyondCollaborate within Finance function, across Controller and Mfg Finance and IT leads to assure that all internal metrics are aligned with company view, and that support for the external messaging is clear and appropriate. Build a high performance team and continually improving financial planning capabilities at all levels.
  • Lead and manage process improvement initiatives, profitability analyses and other special projects that span the entire company.
  • Enhance the existing budgetary reporting structure in a manner which facilitates transparency, forecast accuracy, timeliness and continuous improvement;
  • Improvement of Oracle and Manufacturing systems integration
  • Improve standard costing methodology for inventory and capital equipment builds
  • Develops benchmarking and competitive analytical approaches

Required Skills, Experience and Education: 

Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field; C.P.A. / MBA preferred.

Strong financial leadership/organization skills as well as program management capabilities including ability to direct and motivate others required and ability in the use of influence and change management skills required.

Minimum 10 years of progressive manufacturing and accounting experience, with at least 5 years as a business unit or manufacturing financial leadership; strong Oracle reporting capabilities;  Strong ability to manage budgeting, forecasting and analytical functions in a dynamic environment required including ability to analyze, understand and communicate complex issues and trends required. Proven track record in dealing with accounting and audit issues,

Ability to drive continuous improvement in business processes, financial accounting and controls, and automation of financial analysis to support more efficient use of finance resources, faster close, and more robust controls; strong Microsoft Excel skills required

Effective written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to work collaboratively in a matrix environment, while developing effective relationships and achieving results required.

And the capacity to grow into other roles as required by the company in the future.

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience to: staffing@miasole.com

Director of Reliability Engineering

Director of Reliability Engineering

ABOUT THE JOB:

Photovoltaic modules must be able to withstand extreme outdoor conditions, operate safely at all times, and generate electricity reliably for decades, all with little-to-no maintenance. This long-term product durability is assessed through a combination of standardized test methods, test-to-failure programs, custom test development, failure mode analysis (FMEA) and field monitoring. The Reliability Department supports the entire organization through these activities, including advanced product design, long-term durability studies, product certification, quality monitoring, and field performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Define the goals for the reliability programs
  • Provide the technical direction on reliability to the reliability organization and the functional groups in the company
  • Define and manage the financial needs of the program and the group
  • Plan and execute to keep the reliability lab and resources relevant and satisfactory
  • Provide leadership and management to the reliability group personnel
  • Participate and provide leadership in the PV reliability community

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Keen interest in advancing solar technology as a safe and effective long-term alternative to established energy sources.
  • Experience with photovoltaic performance models, product testing, and industry standardized test programs preferred.
  • Familiarity with mechanical modeling, stress analysis, and finite element analysis an asset.
  • Fundamental understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering principles.
  • Interaction with certification agencies and experience with data acceptance programs and ISO 17025 protocols an asset.
  • Excellent technical writing skills and familiarity with laboratory procedures and documentation.
  • Solid project and people management skills, especially comfortable handling multiple projects with similar deadlines and priorities.
  • Self-motivated, high degree of initiative, demonstrated leadership skills
  • Eager to join a dynamic small company.
  • 5+ years in the solar industry with a focus on product reliability and performance modeling, or equivalent

 EDUCATION:

  • M.S. or higher in Science and Engineering fields

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience to: staffing@miasole.com

Sr. Software Controls Engineer

Sr. Software Controls Engineer

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate for this position has experience as a key contributor to a major business unit independently developing and programming complex equipment used in high volume manufacturing. Candidates must have direct experience in the design and continuous improvement of software and controls including PLC and PC architectures and thorough working knowing of a wide range of electronic control components.


Responsibilities:
  • Leads the specification and development of equipment controls based on robust architectures and SW coding methods
  • Expert at integration and control of a wide range of hardware components such as robots, analog devices, motion controllers, sensors and vision systems.
  • Expertise implementing error detection, logging and recovery algorithms to necessary to shutdown and restart equipment while adhering to relevant industrial safety standards
  • Thrives as a team player with Mechanical, Process, Electrical and other Controls engineers to continuously improve methods of integrating controls technology.
  • Develops and executes test plans to verify machine functionality and software reliability
  • Provides timely accurate documentation and training for each project.

 Required Skills, Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s/Masters Degree in Engineering, with background in software development
  • 7+ years of directly related experience
  • Advanced PLC (AB) and PC (C#, VB) programming of highly complex process tools, robotic systems and computer networking
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing Executions Systems – direct experience integrating equipment data streams into factory information databases
  • Expert level troubleshooting of all facets of automated systems
  • Advanced knowledge of process control and implementation of real time data acquisition
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability and willingness to work hands-on as required by a 24/7 manufacturing to keep to schedules and meet deadlines
  • Ability to influence others and collaboratively gain consensus using supportive data
  • Willingness to travel overseas 10 – 30%

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Senior Technical Support Engineer

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Escalation support for our turnkey factories:

  • As escalation lead, support all technical issues escalated from our field service team in a timely manner
  • Lead and manage the escalation and drive the escalation process to closure with resources from across functional groups
  • Identify systemic issues through detailed root cause analysis and develop long-term solutions by improving process capabilities, hardware capabilities, procedures, spares, training, and staffing
  • Work with technical specialties to document escalations, and generate post-mortem reports that ready at customer level

Support new product introductions to the field:

  • Provide support and technical feedback to the design team during development, prototype testing, and beta release
  • Plan and provide training to internal and external service personnel for new product introductions, CIP changes, upgrades, and BKMs

REQUIRED/PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a related role; experience in the semiconductor or solar industry is preferred
  • Troubleshooting, problem-solving, and root cause analysis skills are critical to the role
  • The ability to adopt/change existing system based on success experiences is critical to the role
  • Ability to speak Mandarin is a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel 30% – 50% (primary customer bases are in China)
  • Excellent team skills with the ability to form solid partnerships across functional groups and to influence decision makers
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure customer environment, engage face to face with customers and effectively manage difficult situations
  • Experience in diagnosis and repair of complex systems including electronics, mechanics and software control

EDUCATION:

  • BS/MS in Engineering or related discipline
  • A high level of experience mixed with the right skill set may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Advanced degree is a plus

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

Production Planner

Production Planner

ABOUT THE JOB:

The Production Planner will be responsible for all aspects of material flow through manufacturing of complex semiconductor capital equipment at MiaSolé for future factories. The Production Planner will work within a team of Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics Professionals to plan and execute work orders, optimize the business process and systems to deliver to order, and to work as a team to manufacture efficiently at the lowest cost.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans, schedules, coordinates and / or monitors final approval of products through the complete production cycle.
  • Coordinates production plans to ensure materials are provided according to schedule. Coordinates with material handlers.
  • Works to resolve (in case of design changes) labor and materials shortages, backlogs and other potential schedule interruptions.
  • Daily Work Order release to production and proactively resolving material shortages that impact the build plan.
  • Interfaces with manufacturing personnel, the purchasing team and supervisors on material status and production planning issues
  • Reviews Engineering Change Orders, Manage material impact and Excess and Obsolescence.
  • Reviews work in process material inventory from production floor
  • Manage inventory and cycle count analysis
  • Receiving / transactional discrepancy analysis
  • MRB Management
  • Prepares production reporting to Management

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a similar position; Semiconductor capital equipment experience is a plus; Related industries desired.
  • Experience in LEAN manufacturing and will have a passion for continuously improving manufacturing processes in a team setting.
  • Must be a problem solver who is comfortable with developing new businesses processes and communicating ideas cross functionally.
  • Must have medium to advanced Oracle MRP/ERP skills
  • MS Project, MS Office, Visio

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors degree preferred

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

Process Engineer Level 2

Process Engineer 2 – New Product Introduction (NPI)

Position Summary:

The NPI team is responsible for the successful transfer of current and future technology generations from development to manufacturing. This is a highly technical job. This position interfaces and works with manufacturing, sustaining engineering, yield engineering, equipment engineering,  technology and product development, reliability engineering for successful introduction and evolution of manufacturing processes.

Responsibilities:

  • Review, exercise and revise existing operational procedures and documents
  • Review data sets available from development, identify missing pieces and drive for completion.
  • Develop monitoring procedures and reporting schemes with manufacturing, sustaining engineering and development.
  • Flag problems (process centering, yield etc) and drive solutions through appropriate groups.
  • Support manufacturing team and operations through issues and escalations during the transition phase.
  • Lead and own improving and sustaining process of MHT technology
  • Act as liaison between R&D and production for current and future technology

Required Skills, Experience and Education:    

  • Bachelor’s / Masters Degree in Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar. Advanced Degree is preferred.
  • 2-4 years in a technically related role, preferably in solar, semiconductor, or similar industry
  • Excellent data analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Good understanding of SPC in a manufacturing environment including analysis and implementation
  • Proficient in writing and presentation of corrective action, process pass down, data reporting, procedures and documentation
  • DOE and statistical analysis application using a statistical software program (such as JMP) is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with ability to stay focused on multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Bilingual in Mandarin is a plus
  • Experience with Vacuum system and PVD process is a plus
  • Travel to China during factory start up is required

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

Turnkey Factory Engineering Manager

Turnkey Factory Engineering Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead an engineering team through the New Product Introduction (NPI) Process for new equipment/upgrades.
  • Ensure equipment has the necessary design, documentation,  process to achieve required performance (Throughput, Yield, Reliability)
  • Prepare training requirements for new equipment.
  • Support training for new factories
  • Ensure on time delivery of manufacturing technologies, qualification testing and high volume manufacturing operations and processes such as but not limited to:
    • Hardware/Tooling
    • Assembly, processes, and documentation
    • Define and release preventative maintenance requirements and spare parts
    • Training of manufacturing personnel on maintenance and equipment operation
    • Equipment qualification (FAT and SAT)
    • Factory layouts
  • Ensure equipment of new designs and build to print are to print and perform to functional specification.
  • Participate in program planning, product and process designs and cost estimates.
  • Ensure smooth installation and production ramp according to schedule and specification
  • Drive team to reach capital expense and direct material cost reduction goals
  • Coordinate activities/meetings between the cross-functional teams in USA and China to keep the project on time and in budget

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • B.S. in Engineering
  • 5+ years of management experience in capital equipment development  – specifically New Product Development/Introduction
  • Photovoltaic manufacturing experience a plus
  • Bilingual in English and Mandarin a plus
  • Strong Program Management skills and experience in managing complex technical projects including hardware & software
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills and proficient in risk and issue management
  • International travel (mostly China) required (25%)
  • Proficient in SolidWorks, AutoCAD, PowerPoint, MS Project, MS Word, and Excel
  • Understanding of the New Product Introduction process with a successful track record of releasing new products to market on time, within budget and within the performance requirements.
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills in leadership, communication, product technology, project management and teamwork
  • Ability to influence others with ideas using supportive data
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principle
  • Ability to work in an extremely high paced and aggressive environment
  • Experience working on large-scale global project
  • Exceptional problem solving and root cause analysis skills such as FMEA to resolve manufacturing, or supplier issues
  • Ability and willingness to keep to a schedule and do what it takes to satisfy a deadline
  • Effective in conflict resolution among cross geographical/functional teams
  • Experience interfacing with process/design automation/debug/testing teams and customers
  • A highly effective leader who can develop and inspire a team to the highest levels of performance

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

 

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Position Summary

  • Seeking highly motivated and creative Senior Mechanical Engineer responsible for design and development of ultra high speed manufacturing equipment in the solar cell manufacturing department.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, development and implementation of high volume manufacturing systems that includes robotics, pneumatics, drive systems, process control systems, heat transfer, vibration control, vision systems, fixturing, and motion control systems.
  • Leadership role within engineering team on projects holding to a strict and highly competitive schedule
  • FEM/FEA and modeling
  • Dynamic analysis of high speed mechanical systems
  • Heat transfer analysis
  • Determine, establish and withhold standards
  • Advanced Problem Solving/Root cause analysis
  • Create and improve engineering documentation
  • Develop procedures

Required Skills, Experience and Education:

  • 3-5 years’ experience and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills in leadership and communication
  • Willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability and willingness to work hands-on
  • Ability to influence others with ideas using supportive data
  • Able to work in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional problem solving and root cause analysis skills
  • Ability and willingness to keep to a schedule and do what it takes to satisfy a deadline
  • Proficient in SolidWorks, AutoCAD, PowerPoint, MS Project, MS Word, and Excel
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles a plus

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

Sr. Program Manager, Factory Expansion

Sr. Program Manager, Factory Expansion

Responsibilities:

  • Overall project management of MiaSolé factory expansion, including the responsibility of overall schedule, oversight of all contract deliverables, matrix management of cross-functional team resources, and tracking and closing critical path tasks.
  • Work with all stakeholders to define and analyze project scope/requirements
  • Create Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and other project documentation; Track and manage team deliverables
  • Drive project according to budget and schedule;  Advise Management of developments that may affect project profit, costs, and schedules
  • Manage internal relationships with international stakeholders:  Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement and Supply Chain, Product, Training, QA, Finance
  • Manage budgets:  forecast future spend, calculate and report on current spend, and escalate budgeting issues when appropriate
  • Provide team with direction, resolve issues, and mitigate risks
  • Establish and maintain communications to ensure accurate and timely flow of information
  • Participate in team-wide initiatives to improve tools, reporting, translation quality, vendor management, and process innovations
  • Perform cost management audits to ensure compliance with established budgets
  • Communicate with stakeholders in China; calls may occur during early or late hours, or on weekends

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Must have previous experience overseeing international factory expansion projects from the ground up
  • Verbal and written fluency in conversational Mandarin Chinese is a MUST
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • BS/BA degree or higher is preferred
  • Certification in Project Management is strongly preferred
  • Proficient WBS creation in MS Project
  • Strong computer skills: adept with MS Office suite
  • Ability to work with cross-functional, international teams to evangelize and drive project requirements
  • Strong track record of delivering results in cross-team situations.  Excellent collaboration skills.
  • Able to lead and manage conference calls, meetings, and create relevant documentation
  • International travel – up to 50 %; availability to work early/late hours as necessary

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience to staffing@miasole.com.

Buyer/Planner 4

Buyer/Planner 4

The Supply Chain Planner/Buyer position is a key role within our Supply Chain purchasing organization. An enthusiastic self-starter with a strong drive to improve existing processes and systems is highly desired. Excellent organizational skills, the ability to balance immediate/long term priorities and exceptional multitasking skills are a necessity. Key objectives will be achieving/improving/exceeding targeted customer service levels, managing purchasing orders deliverable, project target date, and shortages.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute procurement of critical components as required
  • Maintain strong working relationships and communications with suppliers to confirm production/shipping schedules and monitor open purchase orders for all orders to ensure on-time deliveries and update past due purchase orders
  • Proactively report product and material availability issues
  • Maintain, monitor material data; revise essential system purchasing data to ensure Oracle system is effectively planning future requirements
  • Maintain purchase order status and shipment tracking information in Oracle ERP system
  • Proactively provide supply status and shipment tracking to internal customers
  • Coordinate with contract manufacturers and suppliers the required international shipping and commercial documents
  • Coordinate project demand and replenishment components
  • Complete special projects and assignments as requested

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent
  • 8+ years Supply Chain Buyer/planning experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain purchasing concepts and application
  • Strong analytical, buying and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral & written)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Oracle system experience highly desired
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently under pressure and react quickly to changing priorities
  • Flexible work schedule
  • APICS CPIM/CSCP certification or certification in progress preferable

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience to staffing@miasole.com.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

Position Summary:

MiaSolé is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer to support global manufacturing of high-volume production equipment (including thin film CIGS vacuum process tools and automated machinery), used to manufacture and test world class solar cells.

 Responsibilities:

  • Create and release new product and equipment specifications
  • Primary technical interface with module assembly factory automation equipment suppliers
  • Lead the following efforts between Engineering, Operations and Suppliers:
    • Release assembly, processes and documentation to Operations
    • Release equipment, hardware/tooling to Operations
    • Define and release preventative maintenance requirements and spare parts
    • Train Manufacturing personnel on maintenance and equipment operation
  • Perform engineering analysis to support design solutions
  • Ensure new equipment satisfies functional specifications and manage specification changes
  • Determine, establish and uphold engineering standards
  • Work with manufacturing to create factory layouts
  • Develop and own the equipment qualification plan (FAT and SAT)
  • Manage equipment delivery and install schedules
  • Become the internal expert on mechanical and electrical equipment interfaces.  These interfaces may include
    • High speed pick and place automation
    • Robotics
    • Pneumatics
    • Control systems
    • Position sensors
    • Lamination
    • Material handling
    • Fluid dispensing
    • Vibration
    • Converting Equipment
    • Vision systems
    • Conveyors
    • Lasers
  • Manage projects holding to a strict and highly competitive schedule that includes planning of resources, managing vendors and contractors and reacting/adjusting according to priorities
  • Supervise and manage contractors, vendors and technicians
  • Root cause analysis of complex problems
  • Develop and implement engineering solutions for performance, and cost
  • Provide engineering support to factory escalations when required

Required Skills, Experience and Education:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics (Advanced degree preferred)
  • 5+ years of design and development experience (preferably of high volume manufacturing equipment)
  • Photovoltaic panel manufacturing experience a plus
  • Understanding of the New Product Introduction, PLC phase gate process
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills in leadership, product technology, project management, and team work
  • Must have excellent communication skills to effect change with internal and external teams
  • Ability and willingness to work hands-on and lead by example
  • Ability to effectively train manufacturing personnel on assembly and test methods
  • Ability to influence others with ideas using supportive data
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, and ability to drive process improvements
  • Able to work in an extremely high paced environment and to aggressive schedules
  • Exceptional problem solving and root cause analysis skills such as FMEA to resolve manufacturing, or supplier issues
  • Ability and willingness to overcome roadblocks to meet schedules and milestones
  • Ability and willingness to travel (domestic and overseas) up to 30%
  •  Knowledge of Allen-Bradley PLC
  • Proficient in SolidWorks, AutoCAD; and MS-Office Suite

If you are interested in this position, email your resume to staffing@miasole.com.

Build Technician I (Temporary)

Build Technician I ( Temporary )

ABOUT THE JOB:

Responsible for build/installation of solar cell manufacturing equipment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Unpack and set up of equipment on the manufacturing floor.
  • Docking and leveling of modules, web drive system, and power distribution equipment.
  • Integration of equipment into final position and interconnecting all vacuum, air, water, and gas lines.
  • Vacuum integrity testing on chambers and gas lines.
  • Electrical interconnect of cabinets to modules and main power distribution to power racks.
  • Final testing of system to assure machine is functionally qualified and ready to qualification for making solar cells.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Technician
  • Vacuum Sputter equipment

EDUCATION:

  • High School +4 years work experience
  • Vocation School +2 years work experience
  • 4 years College +0 years work experience

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience to staffing@miasole.com.

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