Kelly_NavarroKelly Navarro

Occupation: Lead Recruiter
Company: SolarCity
Location: Buffalo, New York

Kelly is responsible for leading the recruiting team for SolarCity’s new RiverBend factory in Buffalo, New York. This 1.2-million-square foot facility is slated to open in the second quarter of 2017.

“We’re hiring for positions in the full range of education levels, from a high school diploma to an advanced degree. We’re really looking for that person who maybe never thought manufacturing was for them. Maybe they’ve been working retail and don’t feel like what they’re doing every day is making a difference. This is a unique opportunity to get involved in this field and learn something completely new.”

“High school graduates are encouraged to apply for our manufacturing specialist positions. These are our production operators. The specialist is documenting processes, conducting diagnostic tests, making sure their specific tool is operating correctly. We promote from within to the supervisor level, so that provides an excellent opportunity for someone to have a career path with us. The next level would be tech positions that require 2-year degrees. These are the people maintaining the wastewater treatment systems, the HVAC systems, the people who come in and troubleshoot and maintain tools. All of the engineering roles require a minimum 4-year degree, as do the jobs in accounting, finance, recruiting, and human resources.”

“We really want the plant to look like Buffalo does, a city rich in cultural diversity and with a deep-rooted history in manufacturing. Obviously we want hard workers, and we want people who work well in a team setting. You have to be patient, you have to be flexible, you have to be willing to learn. This isn’t like the stereotypical manufacturing job from your grandfather’s memory, this is advanced manufacturing and it is the future.”