PD&D Material Lead

Date: Nov 21, 2023

Location: Wuxi, JS, CN

Company: Maxeon



Powering Positive Change™ 


In a world of constant change, the only way to make a meaningful impact is to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why at Maxeon Solar Technologies we’ve been pushing the boundaries of solar innovation every day for 35 years – from the very edge of outer space to countless rooftops below.  


Our highly advanced solar products are powering the fight against climate change in more than 100 countries around the globe. And our brilliant, passionate, and driven team of more than 5,000 people globally are Powering Positive Change™ every day.  


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Do you want to make a bigger impact on the world? Maxeon’s vision is to change the way the world is powered, and we are doing that every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team. Maxeon is widely recognized as the global leader in high-efficiency solar for residential, commercial and utility markets. We operate in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and are seeking talented people to join us in building a global clean energy future.


Maxeon is committed to the success of our company, our employees and the communities around the world that need us most. We support our employees’ commitment to their communities through a culture of volunteerism, and through The Maxeon Foundation, which makes grants to green initiatives throughout the world. As a company, we operate with the highest sustainability standards.  In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than Maxeon.




Maxeon is seeking a Staff PD&D Engineer to be part of the world class manufacturing group at Maxeon Corporation.  This person should be an independent thinker and self-driven individual with demonstrated ability to deliver results under demanding environment and timeline.  In this role, he/she will be responsible for the development of next generation technologies for module manufacturing. This position will work closely with US and Singapore R&D teams, a new product integration team and Global Manufacturing to implement new products in a fast-paced environment.




  • Responsible for the qualification of new materials for photovoltaic (PV) module to meet quality, reliability, cost, safety and manufacturability targets.
  • Develop and optimize new material components for PV module, research and understand of the fundamental mechanism of material and its performance under different situations.
  • Work directly with product engineering, operations, and engineering deployment groups to successfully qualify and certify the material for use in high volume manufacturing.
  • Will Extend support to process development engineers to help define, develop, and optimize processes for manufacturing and assembly of new material related components.
  • Fully understand qualification testing requirements and be able to effectively manage multiple project tasks and work effectively in a cross functional team.
  • Other responsibilities include timely resolution of technical and quality issues, building samples on production line, testing samples in the lab, management of supplier changes, development of materials spec and drive qualification and reliability test plans (QRTP) together with R&D and Reliability partners.


Education and Experience


  • BS +8 years’ experience/MS +4 years’ experience/PhD +0 years’ experience in Physics, Material Science, or related engineering fields.
  • Experience in Photovoltaics industry required preferably in technology development/transfer environment.
  • Experience in material development for quality, reliability, and manufacturability
  • Experience in fundamental mechanism study and failure models analysis
  • Experience in define specification and control plan, DFMEA and PFMEA
  • Familiar with math and physics model and analysis, such as thermal/mechanical/electrical model, etc.
  • Good knowledge and experience in data analysis, use of statistical methods and design of experiments (DOEs).
  • Experience in leading Topcon/MBB  materials development projects is a plus.
  • Familiar with PCP, FMEA, DOE, 8D, KT Root Cause Analysis.


Other Qualifications


  • Excellent communication, written and presentation skills
    • Writes concise and precise reports and presentations that include critical information
    • Expresses inputs and opinions clearly in meetings
    • Ability to influence stakeholders with clear and coherent articulation of one’s stand on issues backed with solid technical data
    • Savvy negotiator who seeks win-win solutions
  • Ability to lead technology/quality task force. Proven problem-solving skills, and ability to lead cross-functional teams through effective meeting management. Demonstrates analytical thinking and challenges other’s opinions as needed by speaking up
  • Computer/software knowledge. Knowledge of MS Office tools, statistical analysis of data (eg. JMP) and Excel macros
  • Project management skills
    • Results oriented.
    • Keeps to the objectives unless necessary to change, then communicates changes to all involved, coordinates with different departments to keep project moving
    • Tracks projects to the schedule. Leverages others to help. Schedules project before launching them. Clearly states and communicates objectives. Develops project plan independently. Covers all issues when planning projects (Cost, ROI, Justification, Critical paths, etc.). Uncovers dependencies before executing project
  • Self-management skills
    • Elevates issues when appropriate. Ensures that stakeholders are aware of critical and potential problems
    • Anticipates what might go wrong when planning implementations. Finds ways to improve the process, make samples or prototypes to verify
    • Assumes responsibility; not just for own area, but upstream and downstream areas too. Appropriately accepts responsibilities for failures. Follows up with key partners to ensure clear priorities. Documents and shares findings and key learnings to the group
  • Be willing to travel (international) for business trips with short notice
  • Fluent in Chinese and English
  • Strong hands-on ability
  • Eligible to work in China


Others: Displays passion to learn/discover new things and knows how to bring positive energy into the team thru superior interpersonal skills. Always seeking improvements (technical, personal or soft skills) in oneself and welcomes challenges by setting higher goals.



  • Willing to travel even with short notice
  • Can work flexible hours if needed and with short notice


Safety Compliance

Your safety is our number one priority at Maxeon. All our employees must complete regular workplace safety training and comply with our mandatory safety standards.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is Maxeon’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. Maxeon will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against any applicant or employee because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, age, religion, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by national, local, state or federal laws or regulations.

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