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Manager - FP&A at First Solar Inc in Perrysburg, Ohio

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

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.


Primary Job Functions:

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First Solar’s finance and accounting department seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership, and operational excellence. First Solar’s accounting and finance team is comprised of trusted business partners who provide superior customer service and strategic advisory services. Their trajectory is to enable scale, simplify processes and support the company’s growth and liquidity objectives all while maintaining a solid compliance environment. The finance and accounting team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.

Basic Job Functions:

Provides financial leadership to at least one function or line of business and manages associated relationships with business leaders. Leads multiple Analyst-level associates in the assembly of forecasts, budgets, and plans for covered businesses or functions. Organizes their team to deliver ad hoc financial analysis and management reporting.


  • 7 – 10 years of relevant Finance or Accounting experience required

  • 2+ years of direct/in-direct people leadership experience required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related field required

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or related field preferred

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Effectively review analysis and management reports, creating new integrity checks to ensure error-free product

  • Solid business acumen and financial analysis skills, with the ability to set high-quality standards of performance

  • Owns relationships with at least one business or functional leader and identifies opportunities to provide value-added analysis beyond basic forecasts, budgets, and reports

  • Effective delegator that gets work done through others

  • A developer of top Analyst talent

  • Creative problem solver that anticipates impacts of solutions on other teams

  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals and clear direction for their team

  • Clear written and verbal communicator, able to present succinctly to FP&A leadership and company executives

  • Familiarity with enterprise forecasting tools such as BPC or Hyperion preferred

  • Familiarity with enterprise resource management and finance systems such as SAP preferred

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage reports providing consistent feedback and explicitly providing team members critical performance reviews. 

  • Sets up, tracks and manages goals across their team.

  • Accountable for functional area and financial forecasting processes (P&L, cash flow, balance sheet) and modeling of long-range business plan

  • Coordinate assembly of plans and budgets for covered business lines and functions

  • Manage relationships with business and functional leaders

  • Conduct variance analytics for key areas of responsibility and support the key business stakeholders on an action plan to achieve positive changes to the operational metric.

  • Deliver complex analysis and presentation materials on time and at a level of quality appropriate for senior executives

  • Other duties as assigned. Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to a Director of FP&A

  • Manages multiple Analyst-level direct reports


  • Up to 10% travel expected

US Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best serve 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 band 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.