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Production Manager

Location: Edwardsville, IL, United States
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Join an established and innovative company in the fast-growing solar industry and enjoy strong pay rate + bonuses + benefits + advancement opportunities!  
Do you have proven skills and experience managing solar installations and motivating other people to do their best work? If this sounds like you, and you want an opportunity where your commitment to quality and productivity will be rewarded, please keep reading! We’re Freedom Forever, a fast-growing solar company known for innovation and quality, and we’re looking for people who want an opportunity to build a career with us as a Production Manager!  
 
POSITION SUMMARY: 
The Production Manager reports to the Branch Manager and is responsible for organizing and leading the branch installations team. The Production Manager will be accountable for key performance metrics by managing a team of installers, ensuring that all projects are installed according to company standards. Responsible for scheduling and overseeing the installation of solar projects and a smooth handoff between the inspection department. Ensures adherence to contract specifications and established policies and procedures. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Works closely with Branch Coordinator, Project Manager and Field Manager. 
 
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  
  • Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to ensure conformance to codes and Freedom Forever standards. 
  • Manage, motivate, and mentor all personnel involved in installing solar projects including Crew Lead(s), Roof Lead(s), and Installer(s). 
  • Evaluate and manage the resources and processes required for the successful completion of a high volume of residential and small commercial solar projects. 
  • Drive continuous improvement in Safety, Quality, Customer Service, and Productivity throughout the installation process. 
  • Ensure that every member of the installation team receives the proper safety training and equipment applicable to their position and follows Standard Operating Procedures for Safety. 
  • Ensure that “Best Practices” are being consistently applied throughout the install operations. 
  • Remotely assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements. 
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels. 
  • Remotely monitor work of subcontractors to ensure projects conform to specifications, schedules, or budgets. 
  • Provide technical assistance to installers, technicians, or other solar professionals in areas such as solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, electrical systems, and mechanical systems. 
  • Prepare solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules. 
  • Estimate materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects. 
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects. 
  • Assures the quality of work produced is acceptable to company standards and specifications. 
  • Work closely with the Branch Manager and the Branch Coordinator to provide accurate installation forecasts and branch performance reporting. 
  • Work to ensure that we are delivering an excellent customer experience and escalate customer concerns as necessary. 
  • Follows the safety program established specifically for all installations. 
  • Manage warehouse facilities as necessary & other duties as assigned. 
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 
 
Education & Certifications: 
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED 
 
Experience: 
  • Must have a minimum of 3+ years' experience 
 
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  • Good computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite, experience with Company’s CRM and ERP systems is a plus 
  • Possess good communication skills that will enhance vendor and supplier relationships, as well as with the installation team 
  • Possess strong organizational skills and capable of making decisions without constant supervision 
  • Ability to read and interpret job orders, understands specifications and to read a tape measure 
  • Possess a wide range of carpentry skills to provide accurate remote job assessment 
  • Capable of learning new skills as needed 
  • Have knowledge of materials and processes that relate to the company’s products 
  • Must have a valid driving license and a clean driving record 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ABILITIES 
  • Regularly spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers  
  • Regularly spend long hours answering phone calls and emails  
  • Regularly move from sitting to standing positions effortlessly  
  • Regularly spend long hours in intense concentration reviewing and entering information into a computer  
  • Regularly use hands and fingers to handle, control or feel objects  
  • Regularly see details of objects that are less than a few feet away  
  • Regularly speak clearly so listeners can understand  
  • Regularly understand the speech of another person  
  • Frequently work in on projects that require deadlines  
  • Frequently bend to file and maintain files  
  • Occasionally lift 5-10 pounds  
  • Occasionally working in field 
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls 
  • Stand for long periods of time 
  • Walk or run for long periods of time 
  • Climb ladders, scaffolds, or poles 
  • Kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl 
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out 
  • Repeat the same movements 
  • Determine the distance between objects 
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects 
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls 
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm 
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects 
  • Understand the speech of another person 
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects 
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness 
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place 
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired 
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position 
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet 
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side 
  • Lift 50+ pounds 

 

 
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS (Employee is required to travel for business purposes, not including commute to and from work.)  If required to travel, you must have a valid Driver's License/Insurance and the ability to drive a personal vehicle to different sites. 
 
Freedom Forever is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (40 and over), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics) or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.  
Employees of Freedom Forever must submit to a criminal history check, MVR check and a 9-panel drug screen that includes the following: Amphetamines, Cocaine Metabolites, Opiates, Phencyclidine (PCP), Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Methaqualone, Propoxyphene. 
 
 
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