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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

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

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.

Senior Reliability Engineer

Senior Reliability Engineer

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:

  • Drive systematic evaluation of the reliability and durability of new and existing photovoltaic module designs through standardized and specially-developed testing procedures.
  • Create and document test procedures in accordance with ISO 17025 protocols, engineer and develop new testing platforms, design and build test equipment, and conduct hands-on experiments on photovoltaic products and components.
  • Participate in assessment of reliability requirements required to release non-conforming materials.
  • Drive reliability improvement programs for complex issues.
  • Coordinate on-site reliability test schedule on an ongoing basis.
  • Actively participate in design reviews to assure long-term reliability aspects are incorporated into the design.
  • Analyze test results and present findings and recommendations to internal and external stakeholders, where required.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Keen interest in advancing solar technology as a safe and effective long-term alternative to established energy sources.
  • Experience with failure modes analysis, standard reliability tools, warranties, and statistical analysis to predict failure rates based on accelerated testing programs.
  • Experience with photovoltaic product testing, industry standardized test programs, and PV performance modeling an asset.
  • Solid project management skills, especially comfortable handling multiple projects with similar deadlines and priorities.
  • Team-player, comfortable in both leadership and support roles within a cross-functional organization.
  • Self-starter, high degree of initiative, able to work independently with limited supervision in an organized and thorough manner.
  • Eager to join a dynamic startup company.
  • 5+ years experience in product reliability in the solar industry, or equivalent

 EDUCATION:

  • B.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

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

Strategic Business Development Manager

Strategic Business Development Manager

Position Summary:

We are seeking an experienced Business Development and Sales Manager for the US region and a key European customer to create and implement strategies and tactics to develop new accounts, close contracts and achieve deeper penetration with existing accounts among trucking and transportation companies.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and manage new strategic business opportunities, initiatives, partnerships, alliances and/or joint ventures.
  • Oversee market analysis, monitors competitive activity and identifies customer needs.
  • Provide leadership in the planning, designing, due diligence and implementing of strategic business objectives.
  • Develop tactical execution plans for coverage of assigned accounts and/or market segments
  • Identify key decision makers and develop relationships within assigned segment that translate into new revenue opportunities
  • Perform customer needs and opportunity assessments and mappings
  • Develop and present customer-focused sales presentations
  • Understand and access available solar energy incentives applicable to prospective projects
  • Work with marketing on development downstream promotional opportunities with key accounts
  • Provide a feedback loop into marketing and product development for future products
  • After-Sale account management leading to future orders
  • Represent the Company at conferences, trade fairs, and networking events

Required Skills, Experience, and Education:
• B.S. or higher in a technical discipline, and/or BS or higher in Business or Finance degree

  • Experience in Business Development and related sales activities in the technical transportation industry. Proven track record over at least 5 years in complex and strategic business development
  • Selling $5M+ projects over extended sales cycles to first-time and repeat buyers for whom multiple stakeholders influence the buying decision
  • Experience working with large, multi-location companies
  • Experience introducing new product and service offerings, and developing corresponding value propositions is strongly preferred
  • Experience with business development and sales in the trucking/transportation industry
  • Experience selling in the energy and/or construction industry is preferred
  • Ability to develop new business relationships quickly and close business
  • Ability to perform and interpret financial analysis and provide appropriate data and information
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with all cross functional groups and ability to manage time effectively
  • Demonstrates Initiative, drive, and enthusiasm

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

Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing Technician

JOB SUMMARY:

  • Seeking a Manufacturing Technician for our source material manufacturing team.
  • This position generally involves processing production material and performing maintenance on the production equipment.
  • This position will have a variety of tasks at a number of material processing stations.
  • The successful candidate should be willing and able to perform many different types of tasks and work effectively.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow existing procedures to operate manufacturing equipment safely and efficiently
  • Follow production recipes and keeping detailed production records using paper and electronic forms
  • Work with process engineers to plan and execute manufacturing and experimental runs
  • Responsibility for maintaining manufacturing and measurement equipment, including routine cleaning troubleshooting, and replacing parts
  • Appropriate handling of waste and scrap materials
  • Appropriate handling of manufacturing materials including tracking of materials in MES (software system) and Microsoft Excel
  • Responsibility for quality checking of finished product

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • 1-4 years’ experience in a high tech manufacturing role (e.g. semiconductor, solar, medical device, electronics, aerospace)
  • Ability to quickly learn procedures and follow them with precision
  • Excellent team skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced manufacturing environment, working on multiple tasks
  • MS Office, MES (Camstar)

EDUCATION:

HS Diploma or equivalent.  AS degree or some college desirable

Qualified applicants, please submit a resume with a brief summary of relevant experience 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.

Software Developer

Software Developer

Job Summary:

MiaSolé is looking for a talented software engineer who has extensive experience working with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and integrating with tool software using PLC for data/fault collection and WIP tracking. A successful candidate is self-motivated and proficient with manufacturing.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Business Analyst and Program Manager to understand the functional requirement and map it to product configuration in Miasole MES and FIS (Factory Information System) Framework.
  • Interpret existing MES/FIS Architecture design and work with Development Manager and Lead in the generation of a technical design that meets customer requirements and solution goals.
  • Obtain operational clarification from Business Analyst and Program Manager on solution development and implementation.
  • Perform coding, unit/integration test authoring, and execution using Microsoft technology stack: ASP.Net, .Net -framework, C#, IIS, MS SQL Server.
  • Perform coding, unit testing authoring, and execution using MES transaction APIs (XMl Client and web services).
  • Perform coding for tool integration, unit testing authoring, and execution using Alan Bradley PLC or related integration tool.
  • Support manufacturing operation group on customer issues. Perform root cause analysis and recommend a technical solution to prevent issues from re-occurring.

Required Skills, Qualifications and Education:

  • BS or higher degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • 7+ years experience in Microsoft technology stack: ASP.Net, .Net -framework, C#, IIS and web services.
  • 5+ years experience in designing and implementing data marts and ETL packages for reporting system.
  • 5+ years’ experience in design, development, and implementation of business intelligence solution using Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services (SSAS), Crystal Reports, Business Object Enterprise, Excel Automation, Excel Power Pivot, SharePoint Performance Point, Integration Services (SSIS), “Informatica” Power Center 9.01.
  • 3-5 years experience in large complex manufacturing systems project implementation.
  • 3-5 years experience in tool automation software – Alan Bradley PLC or related tools.
  • 5-7 years experience in writing SQL statements, stored procedure and scheduled jobs using SQL Server database tool.
  • Prior experience with designing, developing and implementing manufacturing execution system & factory automation is required along with a very good understanding of manufacturing processes.
  • 3- 5-year experience with Camstar MES system especially around Camstar XML Client/Web Services, Modeling and UI development using web forms.
  • Experience with extending Camstar modeler using designer is highly preferred.
  • Experience with design and development of MS SQL SSRS reporting and ETL is highly preferred.
  • Experience with design and development of B2B solution is highly preferred.
  • Must have good communication and documentation skills.

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

Process Engineer

Process Engineer (Process Development)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Process Engineer within the Process Development Group is tasked with supporting new processes development and manufacturing methods to improve thin film solar cell performance and reliability. Candidates will design, execute, and complete projects with a focus on experimentation for development and production deposition systems.  This includes rigorous statistical analysis of experiments as well as data evaluation of historical datasets.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop process conditions to achieve optimal device performance of thin film solar cells through experimentation on development and manufacturing pilot process equipment.
  • Identifies opportunities for device and materials performance improvements through novel methods and clear process development paths
  • Support and drive the effective transfer of a lab scale ideas to manufacturing capable processes
  • Support manufacturing engineering and technical teams. Focusing on solar cell characterization, cell efficiency detractors and the creation/review of procedures, policies, and responses.
  • Commitment and dedication to meeting goals on time.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Experience in a photovoltaic (PV) development, thin film process development, or manufacturing process development environments
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems through a combination of structured experimentation and detailed characterization following root cause methodologies
  • Fluent with MS Office Suite and experience in statistical analysis using tools such as JMP. Prior use and understanding of the design of experiments methods (DOE) a plus.
  • Experience with working in a lab environment, including the safe handling of chemicals.
  • Positive interpersonal skills, highly energetic and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to meet commitments and deliver results in  a timely manner
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related field

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

Machine Operator – Shift A

Machine Operator – Shift A

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Set up equipment and maintenance, production/fabrication, test, production training, and machine/tool making
  • All activities to meet production goals, quality and cost objectives
  • Set up an operating a variety of automatic or semi-automatic machines
  • Work from process sheets or written/verbal instructions
  • Checks and inspects operation against predetermined tolerances
  • Identifies and communicates downtime and machine run time
  • Operates machinery or computer devices to produce a product or service
  • Work with supervisor, engineers or maintenance on any line issue
  • Wear personal protective equipment as required

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Able to lift 50 lbs (2 person lift)
  • Ability to walk, stand, bend, reach, stoop/squat, sit and crouch
  • Majority of the shift will be standing
  • Safely working with heavy machinery
  • Good hand and eye dexterity
  • Good communication skills; speaking, reading, writing English
  • Good math skills; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, decimals
  • Able to work independently and as a team player
  • Able to work 11 hour shift
  • Previous work as a machine operator or technician a plus

EDUCATION:

  • High School education or equivalent

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

Machinist 2

Machinist 2

We are seeking an “old school” machinist for our target machining operation on a “G0” CNC lathe. The ideal candidate has long –time experience in machining different materials and is interested in widening the scope to operate spray production equipment and perform routine material analysis. Initially this position is temporary with a potential to permanent employment. Work schedule is flexible within limits. $22-26 an hour.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Operate lathe for machining of rotary targets for thin film solar cell manufacturing
  • Operate manufacturing equipment for production of rotary targets for thin film solar cell manufacturing; spray process and analytics equipment.
  • Learn and follow existing procedures to operate machining and manufacturing equipment safely and efficiently
  • Follow production recipes with precision and keeping detailed production records using paper and electronic forms
  • Assist other groups with machining services
  • Learn and follow procedures for maintaining manufacturing and measurement equipment, including troubleshooting, replacing parts, and cleaning
  • Learn and follow procedures for appropriate handling of waste and scrap materials
  • Learn and follow procedures for appropriate handling of manufacturing materials including tracking of materials in MES (software system) and Microsoft Excel
  • Learn and follow procedures for quality checking of finished parts
  • Actively participate in Kaizen activities to improve safety, quality and efficiency
  • Cross train into multiple manufacturing technician procedures
  • Train other technicians for operational flexibility

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a machining role for high tech applications
  • Lathe programming and operation skills
  • Ability to quickly learn procedures and follow them with precision
  • Excellent team skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced manufacturing environment, working on multiple tasks
  • MS Office and manufacturing tracking software

EDUCATION:

HS Diploma or equivalent.  AS degree or some college desirable.

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

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