Global Planner I (Finished Goods)

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First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

  • Assure the world-wide delivery of finished product from global manufacturing facilities meets First Solar’s allocations, customer contracts and requirements (“Supply/Demand”) at the best weighted average cost of production and delivery.
  • Analyze global capacity and demand
  • Allocate finished goods to global markets
  • Communicate plans and requirements to, and negotiate support from, First Solar organizations to assure timely product delivery at lowest overall delivered cost.
  • Key member of sales and operations planning tea


  • Four year college degree in Business or related fields or equivalent
  • 5 plus years experience in an international manufacturing environment in a Planner or Demand/Supply position.
  • Experience with spreadsheet modeling and forecasting
  • Additional experience in Customer Support, Production or Plant Operations or Supply Chain is an advantage

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proven organizational skills – ability to prioritize.
  • Proven computer skills, including Microsoft Office or equivalent.
  • Intermediate to Advance level skills in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with statistics and liner programming a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in planning management.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating with internal and external organizations
  • Knowledge of production planning, operations and supply chain in an international manufacturing environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Working with Customer Service, determine customer expectations based on existing contracts, changes in market conditions, and other related factors.
  • Working with Plant Operations, project finished product production for up to five years.
  • Communicate weekly, monthly and quarterly production plans and requirements to First Solar Supply Chain to identify material requirements to support production.
  • Working with Logistics, optimize product delivery schedule, by product type and to specific customers, as well as logistics routes, to assure timely customer delivery at lowest overall delivered cost.
  • Balance the actual output of finished product from First Solar manufacturing with customer expectations.
  • Notify Customer Service of product availability, by customer, by efficiency, on a weekly basis and, working with operations and logistics, assure shipments are planned and initiated.
  • Document and maintain business processes for Planning.
  • Provide similar support and structure to other First Solar businesses as required.
  • Maintain effective communications levels and foster team building.
  • Rely on experience and judgment with minimal direct supervision to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Assure adherence to all First Solar processes and procedures, including ISO9000, ISO14000, safety, housekeeping, etc.
  • May travel, including internationally, to support customers and operations.
  • First Solar customers’ expectations are met or exceeded regarding delivery performance.
  • Production plans are communicated to assure internal organizations are lined up to support customer requirements.
  • Failure to perform responsibilities will impact First Solar’s customer satisfaction, and, ultimately, financial performance

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will not have direct reports.


  • 0% - 5% (On occasion/as needed for training, etc.)

Estimated Annual Salary Range:

  • $47,000 - $65,000 Estimated Annual Salary Range

US Physical Requirements:

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. To best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.