Product Manager I

Job Description
Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for 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, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.

Basic Job Functions: Primary Relationships: Systems Development, EPC Engineering, Construction, Operations/supply chain, Strategic Marketing, Sales, Technical Sales, Business Development, Product Management-Module, Product Management –Systems/O&M/Performance Guarantee

Manages and Executes the Global Product Strategy/Action items for Balance of Systems/ systems development with focus on Ground Mount Applications from Idea Definition to End of Life for First Solar targeted markets.

Leads/cross-functionally manages the development and approval of the Balance of System product plans and deliverables in alignment with targeted buyer segment strategies, corporate strategy and business objectives.


· Professional Experience - 3 to 5 years of professional experience including leading/management of in-direct teams. Experience in a rapidly growing, publically traded organization is preferred.

· Functional Experience – minimum of two years of product management experience preferably working across multiple business units; channels; geographies.

· Industry Experience – Ideally the candidate should have a background in the Solar Industry with designated experience from companies that are known for their exceptional product management skills in the industry. Other relevant industries include: industrial and high tech

· Geographic Experience – Experience serving customers in multiple geographies is required


· An undergraduate degree in engineering is essential. A Master’s of Science or MBA is preferred.

Required Skills:

· Leadership Skills:

o Demonstrated experience leading indirect cross-functional teams

o Ability to communicate to stakeholders and executive staff

· Analytical Skills:

o Demonstrated experience segmenting markets, collecting VOC, defining and prioritizing needs using QFD, defining market requirements, defining product requirements, product strategy

o Competitive analysis – understanding of major players in the industry

o Total life cycle management analysis

· Communication Skills:

o Strong presentation and written skills; must be able to communicate across multiple regions and language barriers.

· Customer Engagement Skills:

o Ability to engage and communicate with customers at all organizational levels.

· General Business/Process Skills:

o Demonstrated ability to define and manage a business case and/or plan

o Experience leading and working within a phased gated product development system

Essential Functions:

• Leads cross functional sub-teams in the development of select global BOS product plans that includes definition of….

– Target Buyer Segments and Business Objectives

– Forecasted Demand with Defined Scenarios and Drivers

– Prioritized Market and Functional Requirements

– Product Positioning Strategy/Target Value Proposition

– Product Level Competitive Analysis/War-Gaming

– Product Strategy and Product Roadmap with Defined

– Product Specification

– Go to Market Plan

– Communication Plan

– Business Case/Plan

– Market Validation

– Functional Strategies that support Product Strategy and Go to Market Plan

– Demonstrates and aligns Product Strategy with Target Buyer Segment Strategies, and Corporate Strategy

• Leads phase-gated New Product Introduction Process through Business Case/product Requirements Approval for Module Products/Projects that impact Form/Fit/Function

• Leads cross functional teams in the product life cycle management for BOS; including but not limited to…

– Product Launch

– Market/Product Regulatory requirements

– Product Metric/Continuous Improvement (Cost, Quality, Delivery, Customer Sat, etc..)

– Product Warranty

– Capacity Planning/Allocation

– Product Obsolescence

• Leads and manages cross-functional team in the development of key Product Technical Collateral/Sales Tools and Commercial Policy, including:

– Product Requirements

– Product Specification

– Product Documentation Kit

– Product Application Notes/White Papers

– Product Warranty

– Product Economic Value Proposition Vs. Competing Alternatives

• Supports Business Development/Technical Sales in Customer/Channel Product Training.

• Regularly interacts with industry leaders and the learning community in order to stay abreast of industry changes

• Supports Technical Sales in customer engagements defined by the customer need to understand product specification and/or the product strategy and roadmap

• Leads responsible action items for regular Product Plan Reviews to ensure organizational alignment around the evolving strategy and plan development


First Solar, Inc.

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New Jersey

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