Logistics - Material Handler Lead - Back Half Nights

1 week ago
Job ID
Solar Manufacturing - Other

Company/Position Overview

Build a Bright Future; Come Shine with us!


At SolarWorld, each and every one of our green-collar employees is helping to save the world by delivering clean energy from sand and sun.  Our vision is simple: We Build the SolarWorld. We are the global leader in providing customer-oriented solar energy solutions, striving to make solar energy competitive and affordable for the average consumer.  The SolarWorld group is dedicated to the core business of solar photovoltaic products and technology, operating production facilities in Germany and the USA.  With 500 MW of production capacity at our state of the art manufacturing facility in Oregon, SolarWorld operates the largest solar manufacturing site in North America.


Innovation, customer focused and growth not only define our company, but also describe our employees – the foundation of our success.  SolarWorld is dedicated to providing a work climate that promotes career growth, open communication and new ideas.  To ensure employees’ success, we provide best-in-class benefits that focus on delivering quality of life and personal development. SolarWorld employees enjoy a minimum of 4 weeks of vacation (5 weeks for exempt) and reimbursement of education expenses for qualified degree level programs!


Our culture not only encourages, but also demands personal responsibility, diversity, and an entrepreneurial way of thinking.    Join us in a bright future and build a successful career for yourself.   Feel good knowing that the work you do every day will build a better tomorrow for generations to come!


Job Accountabilities

Reporting to Warehouse/Logistics Manager, the Lead Material Handler is a senior subject matter expert in the area, responsible for operation and troubleshooting of Logistics processes in addition to driving tactical scheduling and decision making. The Lead Material Handler serves the following critical functions on the Logistics team:

  • Collaborates with other team members to meet quality and delivery commitments.
  • Guides lesser experienced employees through detailed logistics sequences and troubleshooting activities.
  • Performs training and develop training plans for Logistics personnel.
  • Owns day to day tactical scheduling and decision making in the Warehouse area and prepares purchase requisitions for operating supplies/tools as needed.
  • The Lead Material Handler drives continuous improvement activities and maintains the highest standards for workplace safety and quality.


The Responsibilities

Specific deliverables associated with this opportunity include:


Safety - Demonstrates strong safety awareness and sets example for operators.

  • Ensures that all operators on the team receive required safety training and remain current on reoccurring requirements.
  • Ensures good area housekeeping.
  • Assists with Job Safety Analysis.


Improvements to Operations

  • Works with others to develop new ideas.
  • Encourages others to communicate their suggestions.
  • Systematically, works with others to remove barriers that affect productivity.
  • Effectively communicates with their team about changes to procedures.
  • Consistently demonstrates support of company policies, procedures and management decisions.
  • Understands and applies the principles of 5S and Lean Manufacturing.


Customer Satisfaction

  • Is available to the team and management as needed
  • Makes decisions that consider the impacts to the 24 hour / 7 day a week operation.
  • Effectively meets or exceeds customers' expectations.


Teamwork & Communication

  • Consistently communicates professionally with others, using a high level of honesty, integrity and ethics.
  • Committed to meeting or exceeding company goals.
  • Consistently promotes mutual respect.
  • Works as part of the overall team while maintaining a leadership role.
  • Consistently communicates about others in a positive manner. Is consistently personable, approachable and friendly.
  • Promotes a positive working relationship with all shifts.
  • Is reliable, on time and prepared.
  • Sets the example of an excellent worker and motivates others.
  • Works well with Management team.
  • Willing to put in extra hours when necessary.


Quality - achievement of quality goals (e.g., yield, defect)

  • Properly monitors control charts and escalates issues appropriately.
  • Effectively communicates Operator and procedural issues that affect quality.
  • Works to ensure training needs for the team are met.
  • Consistently is aware of equipment / process changes.
  • Is knowledgeable about the equipment / processes and able to relate to the issues Others experience.
  • Sets the example of following procedures and protocol.


Quantity - achievement of production targets

  • Consistently meets or exceeds production goals.
  • Effectively coordinates staff and equipment resources.
  • Runs equipment along with Operators.
  • Effectively works with other Leads, Material Handlers and support groups to manage bottlenecks and Process / Equipment issues.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will possess the following combination of education and experience:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency (e.g., GED).  Preference will be given for candidates with a high school diploma from a technical school, or with an emphasis on technical prep coursework. 
  • Must possess a minimum of 5+ years related work experience in high-volume manufacturing, with a preference for experience in Shipping / Receiving and general warehouse function.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) as you will be working in a team environment that is very data-driven.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, team environment.
  • Basic computer skills are required including familiarity with windows-based programs such as Microsoft productivity tools (e.g., Excel, Word). Additional preference given for familiarity with manufacturing or ERP systems and data entry and/or collection from such systems.
  • A working knowledge of warehouse equipment and manufacturing safety procedures is required (e.g., lock-out / tag-out, electrical / high-voltage, chemical, reading SDS, incident response procedures).
  • Prior experience with the operation of such equipment and performance of basic PM's is preferred.
  • Familiar with standard shipping programs such as FedEx shipping system
  • Hazmat Certified preferred 
  • Knowledge of Truck Bill of Landing preparation, truck routing, Export Documentation, Class Codes, Claims.
  • Must demonstrate and ability to conduct data collection and measurement activities utilizing standard and metric systems.
  • Strong desire to bring best practices to the team, share your knowledge and expertise and enable your team members' mutual success as the organization continues to grow.
  • Attendance is a critical function of this position.


Additional Requirements – Must be able to:

  • Perform tasks (that may be repetitive) that require reaching, pushing, pulling, grasping, kneeling, walking, stooping and/or bending.
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs and be physically able to perform some repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to work an 8-12 hour shift while standing for much of the time.  Night shift could be either FHN or BHN
  • Work in an environment that generates OSHA permissible machine noise levels.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Climb and descend stairs or step stools.
  • May be required to alternate schedules to meet production goals.




SolarWorld is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran/G

All offers of employment are contingent upon a candidate’s successful completion of SolarWorld’s pre-employment drug testing, and background investigation, which includes employment, education and criminal histories.


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