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First Solar, Inc. Analyst II - Sales Operations in Tempe, Arizona

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:

Basic Job Functions:

The Sales Operations team supports new business development and applies technology to improve risk management, business process, sales reporting and contract lifecycle management (CLM) systems. This is a growing team with opportunities for professional development and the ability to engage globally.

The Sales Operations Analyst will be responsible for supporting opportunity creation, data integrity and reporting within our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This entails supporting key sales activities such as facilitating the deal risk committee, customer onboarding, data analysis and reporting. The position will interface with and coordinate internally across project finance, product management, supply chain, warranty, O&M, engineering, and construction representatives.

Experience:

  • Prior experience in finance, sales, or sales support role is preferred

  • Familiarity with solar or renewable energy modeling, design, or construction a plus

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Finance, Economics, Business, Analytics or similar, with 2+ years of experience. OR

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a similar role with no degree

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proficient in using MS Office Suite, with emphasis Excel and PowerPoint

  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communications skills

  • Ability to absorb and process information to prepare and present to internal stakeholders

  • Strong critical thinking, planning, organization and execution skills

  • Self-motivated, demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to anticipate issues and recommend solutions

  • Ability to receive and apply constructive feedback and guidance to improve work product

Preferred Skills/Competencies:

  • Experience process mapping in Visio

  • Experience using Tableau and basic report building

  • Experience with Salesforce or Oracle Sales Cloud

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Support Sales Associates in detailing and tracking customer deals and facilitate deal risk committee in a timely and professional manner

  • Maintain Salesforce.com with contracts and other documents

  • Support deal leads throughout the transaction and execution process

  • Build familiarity with Salesforce or other CRM with the goal of managing and maintaining sales opportunities

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Job description subject to change at any time

Reporting Relationships:

  • Analyst will report to US Sr. Manager

Travel:

  • Travel: 0 – 10%

US Physical Requirements:

Office Physical Requirements:

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

First Solar is a leading global manufacturer and provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) systems using advanced thin film module and system technology.

With more than 20 gigawatts (GW) shipped worldwide, First Solar has a demonstrated history of financial stability and manufacturing success. First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed, and operated some of the world’s largest and most successful PV power plants in existence.

We believe that clean affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. Through determined innovation and a focus on large-scale development, we deliver solar energy that is an economically attractive alternative to fossil fuel-sourced electricity to fulfill our vision of leading the world’s sustainable energy future.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) 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.

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