Cell Production Supervisor - FHD

2 weeks ago(1/5/2018 10:19 AM)
Job ID
Solar Manufacturing - Management/Supervisor

Company/Position Overview

Build a Bright Future; Come Shine with Us!


We are a leader in providing customer-oriented solar energy solutions, striving to make solar energy competitive and affordable for the average consumer.  We have 500 MW of production capacity at our state of the art manufacturing facility in Oregon. SolarWorld is dedicated to providing a work climate that promotes career growth, open communication and new ideas. 

Job Accountabilities

In this critical role you will act as the people and production supervisor for a Cell manufacturing shift in North America's leading Solar PV manufacturing facility.  This position will supervise and coordinate activities of an entire shift of production operators a manufacturing environment using established procedures and policies.


As a member of a growing team you will work with your peers to develop core manufacturing processes and practices.  You will participate in a variety of core projects aimed at implementation, training, cost reduction, continuous improvement and organizational development.


Specific deliverables associated with this position include:



  • Serve as a role model to support and maintain a safe working environment by applying, teaching, and monitoring the use of established company safety programs on the manufacturing floor
  • Support continuous improvement as it relates to a safe environment and its practice
  • Promptly deliver safety suggestions to the HSE team.
  • Participate in ERT activities including Training and Staffing
  • Manage appropriate responses to workplace safety incidents and perform root cause analysis of safety issues


  • Achieve yield goals through the use and understanding of SPC tools on the factory floor.
  • Support and drive Quality by engaging with established company quality programs such as 5S and other lean manufacturing programs, ensuring continuous improvement in manufacturing processes and work areas that are clean, neat, and organized.
  • Partner with engineering and quality to drive continuous improvements in area operations to improve overall Equipment Efficiency.
  • Take responsibility for executing programs in cost, yield, quality, cycle time and productivity improvements.

People Management and Development:

  • Develop your production team members to ensure that appropriate certification exists for all aspects of defined work within the Cell production area. Work to ensure that operators have sufficient job knowledge to achieve throughput and yield goals in a safe manner.
  • Effectively communicate objectives, priorities and expectations to all team members.
  • Evaluate, monitor and provide information concerning employee performance, productivity, compliance to work instructions, and quality of work.
  • Establish strong floor presence interacting with leads and operators. Spend at least 75% of time working from central supervisor desk and walking the floor.
  • Keep current on and consistently apply company policy. Address and document employee issues (negative or positive) within two business days of event or less.
  • Ensure proper shift staffing and effective integration of new employees.
  • Ensure that employees are properly trained to successfully accomplish current and future job and skills-development goals.   Launch training or retraining as needed.
  • Manage and provide information concerning employee attendance.
  • Manage and enforce programs to ensure the safety of all personnel, equipment and property.
  • Conduct quarterly 1:1 meetings with production team.
  • Effectively manage and address employee relations issues.
  • Give recognition for good work.
  • Conduct formal employee performance evaluations.
  • Assist in developing objectives, personnel plans and requirements based on company objectives and targets; and, ensure that agreed upon goals are met.
  • Lead employee information meetings as needed both on and off the production floor.


  • Achieve cost-effective output goals.
  • Plan daily labor schedules utilizing regular employees and temporary workers to meet production commitments.
  • Analyze, report, and prepare quantitative shift assessment based on metrics goals.       Account for all variance to targets and fix or propose a solution.
  • Assure efficient utilization of machines, including but not limited to:
    • Maintain the lines stocked with materials.                                    
    • Identify and manage bottlenecks.
    • Maximize uptime and schedule preventive maintenance efficiently.
    • Cross train and staff of mission-critical operations.
    • Reduce waste.
    • Report performance against target and account for variances to target.
  • Monitor operation for productivity, quality and (documented) specification compliance.
  • Ensure adherence to process requirements including execution of the work instructions and temporary deviation notices.
  • Achieve minimum shift certification profile and ensure cross training.
  • Lead smooth shift transition and effective pass down.
  • Ensure current and accurate inventory controls, consistent with the company’s inventory and financial objectives.
  • Responsible for corrective actions to address problems associated with processing or operating machines or equipment.
  • Make decisions to shutdown equipment or processes when safety or quality is compromised.
  • Responsible for the system accuracy of all equipment state transactions.
  • Perform root cause analysis of production issues. Articulate findings in production meetings and request timely resolution.
  • Own initiating escalation procedures and follow up as required.
  • Develop and sustain a professional, positive work environment.
  • Visibly active in the day-to-day operations on the floor and readily available to employees.
  • Collaborate with area management to effectively communicate relevant company information.
  • Collaborate with peers in other departments to achieve inter-departmental goals
  • Support process improvement and R&D efforts by engineering. Execute (manufacturing) approved test plans.
  • Recommend or facilitate the recommendation of improvements to work instructions and other documented factory procedures.
  • Effectively manage line product conversions

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for this position brings an enthusiasm for saving the environment through our philosophy of sustainability – “clean energy from sand and sun”.  All employees of SolarWorld must be able to operate in a fast-paced, high-growth work environment, be able to tolerate ambiguity as we develop processes and operate entrepreneurially to accomplish deliverables.  Our employees relish a challenge and look forward to exercising creative freedom to accomplish new tasks. 


  • Must be available to work a compressed work week, Front Half Day schedule.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, preference for a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Engineering Management, Manufacturing Technology or related discipline or applicable work experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of automation, high-volume manufacturing and integrated robotics for tasks.
  • Prior experience with the operation of such equipment and performance of basic PM's, and minor equipment maintenance is required.
  • Display professionalism and role model the culture.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and work well under pressure.
  • Demonstrate ability as a coach, facilitator, and remover of barriers.
  • Possess a positive outlook - displaying respect and support other groups.
  • Seek opportunities for new learning.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of building a team and providing training and leadership to promote a team oriented working environment. 
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (written and verbal) as you will be working in a team environment that is very data-driven.
  • Advanced computer skills are required including familiarity with windows-based programs such as Microsoft productivity tools (e.g., Excel, Word).  A strong working knowledge of manufacturing or ERP systems and data entry and/or collection from such systems is required.
  • An in-depth knowledge of problem-solving methodologies and Lean manufacturing concepts is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equipment and manufacturing safety procedures is required (e.g., lock-out / tag-out, electrical / high-voltage, chemical, reading MSDS, incident response procedures).
  • Prior experience as a peer trainer for manufacturing operation certifications is required. 
  • Must demonstrate ability to conduct data collection and measurement activities utilizing standard and metric systems.
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs. 
  • Knowledge of 5S, TPM, Lean Manufacturing is required. 
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership, decision making, problem solving and team building. 
  • Must have the ability to work in a clean room and wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Attendance is an essential function of this position.


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

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