Business Development Rotation Associate

First Solar, Inc. Tempe , AZ 85280

Posted 8 months ago

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:

First Solar's Rotation Program is designed to provide recent graduates with a Bachelor's or Master's degree, the opportunity to start a career in Business Development for one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. The Program has a targeted duration of 2 years, during which successful participants spend eight months, each in three different areas of Business Development. After all rotations are complete, successful participants are placed into a full-time Business Development positions. Each of the sequential eight-month assignments (and final post-program placement) will be determined by leadership, based on each participants' individual skillsets, academic areas of study, business needs, and individual interests.

We are currently seeking rotation program candidates to be hired in June 2019.

Experience:

  • Previous experience in industry through internships or co-ops

  • Leadership positions in student organizations and/or research collaboratives

  • Strong academic record GPA of 3.0 or higher

Education:

  • Recent graduate with Bachelor's or Master's degree

  • Target disciplines are, but are not limited to: business, finance, accounting, engineering or economics

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proven history of managing multiple assignments and priorities

  • Effective communicator capable of independent as well as team collaboration

  • Ability to work in a fast paced team environment is essential, with a high degree of flexibility/agility and tolerance of change

  • Solid demonstrated writing, presentation, and verbal skills

  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participation in on-boarding and training programs

  • Participation in cross-functional project teams

  • Frequent presentations and written reports that allow for development of leadership and communication skills

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Job description subject to change at any time

Reporting Relationships:

  • In addition to their direct supervisor, all participants will have a business area senior leader (mentor) assigned.

Focused Performance Management:

One fundamental element of the Rotation Program is the hiring of new graduates. By nature, the ideal candidates are bright, ambitious graduates with successful academic track records with the possibility of limited to no industry experience. First Solar is committed to ensuring these associates have the most positive "first job" experience possible. Contrary to traditional onboarding, rotation program associates are more closely managed and coached to ensure successful integration into the company. The Business Development Rotation Program includes an introductory period within the first rotation. First Solar uses this period to more closely evaluate capabilities, work habits, and overall performance to ensure candidates begin employment with a trajectory of success. Similarly, the introductory period is intended to give new program participants the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to achieve a satisfactory level of performance and to determine whether the new position meets their expectations.

Travel:

  • Limited, project-based travel is required

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 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.


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