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.
Primary Job Functions:
Job Title (Functional): Senior Manager – Recycling & Wastewater
Reports To: Director, Global Recycling & Facility Environmental Systems
Basic Job Functions:
Directly responsible for management of all site Wastewater and Recycling operations, including module recycling plant (RCY), Ultra-Pure Water Plant (UPW), Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), site waste management (WM), and laboratory (LAB) operations, maintenance and improvement whilst optimizing cost, enhancing operation efficiency and achieving high standard of EHS and quality.  Ensures that his/her team performs in accordance with First Solar's Core Values and within the fully compliant legal scope of Vietnamese Law.
Education& Experience:
  • Master's Degree in Chemical/Environmental engineering, Chemistry, or related  field with 5 to 7 years of experience in waste treatment is preferred
  • May consider Bachelor's degree in chemical/environmental/mechanical engineering with at least 7 to 10 years of experience in wastewater treatment
  • Experience in leading/managing people in high-tech industry will be preferred
  • New process plant/laboratory start-up experience will be preferred
Required Skills:
  • Business speaking and written fluency in English and Vietnamese. Self-driven & highly committed to lead team with only some help from management Possess good organizational awareness & ability to influence organization globally Tactful & diplomatic in managing relationships with internal & external customers Possess good planning, organizing, and negotiating skill – Project management Role model safe work behavior and understand role in environmental sustainability
  • Analytical/troubleshooting skills to understand failure modes/root cause of chemical process and equipment issues Knowledge of project management tools (e.g. - MS project) Knowledgeable in chemical analysis (ICP, IE, AA, Wet analysis etc.) Knowledge of Process Simulation tools & modeling software (e.g. Monte Carlo) Ability to lead and motivate a team of engineers/associates engineers/technicians Good awareness of routine engineering drawing software (e.g. Auto CAD)
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
  • Accountable to ensure all operations under his/her area of responsibility are operating as per the local regulatory & company requirements/goals and oversee the related documentations & procedures are in place and implemented.
  • Lead team of associates to meet throughput, plan and manage/optimize cost to meet company set goals. This includes leading team to practice total compliance of established programs and procedures.
  • Manage capital and operational budgets within AOP/POR and ensure inventory of supplies/spare parts are well maintained
  • Manage "capital process improvement" projects through design, construction & commissioning phases and control project costs & schedules at or below budget.
  • Provide regular update to the key stakeholders on performance of his/her operations including all key indices (incident/injury recordable rates, plants availability, cost reduction etc.).
  • Be the role model and set direction/expectations for the entire team. Provide coaching and guidance to the team on complicated technical issues.
  • Strategize and implement development program for his/ her team members to enhance their safety leadership and technical expertise
  • Team up with the internal quality, environmental, IH and safety teams to ensure all company/legal requirements are  met or exceeded, including all 3rd party assessment/certification such as ISO 9001/ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
  • Contribute technical expertise to implement new projects to enhance RCY, UPW, WWTP, WM & LAB capability/performance.
  • Expected to maintain good professional relationship with government officials, regulators, vendors, customers, local community members, and full commitment to promote good image of First Solar.
RCY Specific:
  • Continuously explore available practical & economical recycling technologies/ solutions to reduce scheduled wastes and enhance quality of products.
  • Lead & manage PV scrap returns with manufacturing and global customer service teams to optimize cost, efficiency and effectiveness of the RCY operations
UPW & WWTP Specific:
  • Manage UPW plant water quality per manufacturing process requirements
  • Manage UPW & WWTP operations to avoid any unplanned outages that could negatively affect solar panel manufacturing plant uptime.  
  • Serve as UPW or WWTP technical expert to support design review for new projects and/or TBD sites.
WM Specific:
  • Support operations of the manufacturing tools by collecting various waste streams & transporting to the WWTP/RCY for in-house treatment
  • Manage all site waste management activities in term of Scheduled Waste labeling, collection, storage, and external disposal to ensure full legal compliance.
  • Develop and implement strategies, programs and treatment processes to reduce/reuse/recycle site scheduled wastes disposal cost.
Lab Specific:
  • Manage the overall DNM site Analytical Laboratory to analyze liquid and solid samples from RCY, UPW, WWT, EHS & manufacturing.
  • Manage and sustain local regulatory & company required Laboratory Accreditation for solids, liquids sampling & analyses methods.
  • Manage and continuously optimize the lab capacity and improve the analysis cost by developing in-house analytical methods rather than using external labs.
Physical Requirements:
  • Will sit and stand for long periods during the day.
  • Will walk, climb stairs and on equipment.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist
  • May stoop, kneel, bend, talk and hear.
  • May lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Required to use hands to lift, handle, carry or feel objects.
  • May be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment. 
Language Requirements
Wastewater Treatment
Masters: Chemical Engineering (Required)
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, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.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, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.