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Manager, Systems Manufacturing

San Jose, CA

Posted: 12/19/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Healthcare Job Number: SS503831213

Job Description

Learn more about our company and how we support you:
This company empowers life science discovery. We bring innovation and inspiration to every scientist - promoting discoveries that improve health and the environment. We hold values that all employees and prospective candidates should empower: Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Growth, Diversity and Quality. We value helping employees develop their skills and you will be part of this journey!

At this company, we know that every experimental decision has an impact. Choices matter, from design to data analysis. We create best-in-class products that get the job done. In your hands, what do those research reagents and kits create? Something powerful: knowledge, understanding, and—often—hope! Together we can improve the human condition through biotechnology…and That's Good Science!

How this role drives the company forward:
The Manager, Systems Manufacturing is responsible for leading a team of Manufacturing Engineers and Technicians in the timely production of high-quality instruments and microfluidic chips.  The Manager, Systems Manufacturing ensures manufacturing excellence through adherence to regulatory/safety standards and good manufacturing practices while effectively managing costs and resources.  The position requires the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of internal cross-functional teams including R&D Engineering, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Field Support, Planning, and Purchasing.   Strong communication and organizational skills are required to oversee the transfer of new products into the Systems Manufacturing workflow, resolve problems, improve processes, and manage inventory.  The Manager, Systems Manufacturing is expected to use technical expertise to develop and document manufacturing processes that support the R&D design and ensure the reliability and reproducibility of instruments and products.

The Manager, Systems Manufacturing is an on-site role located in San Jose, CA.

How you will make an impact:
In this role, you will drive the company forward by effectively managing the manufacturing process and supporting the staff who execute these processes.  Your work and leadership to oversee the team is critical to the success of the company’s products.  The quality of the instruments and consumables is a direct reflection of your team’s ability to assemble instruments that are reproducible, meeting the high-level quality criteria expected of our customers.  The Manager, Systems Manufacturing’s excellent judgment and ability to troubleshoot issues quickly and effectively will help avoid interruptions in our customers’ workflow which could one day lead to exciting scientific breakthroughs.

What will you do:
  • Responsible for managing engineering personnel who process microfluidic chips for robotic printing or assemble, test and package multi-sample instruments, automated liquid handlers, imaging systems, and real-time thermocyclers.
  • Responsible for managing the development, improvement, implementation, and maintenance of methods and processes related to all systems manufacturing functions.
  • Develops team members through coaching, process training, team building, and accountability.
  • Able to interpret and follow engineering drawings and manufacturing SOPs to ensure procedures are documented effectively and ERP system is accurate.  Writes and implements SOPs and test records as necessary.
  • Ensures the effective use of materials, equipment, and personnel in producing quality products at minimum cost.
  • Analyzes and interprets system test data for pass/fail results.
  • Recognizes improvements and initiates ECNs where changes may be beneficial.  Updates drawings as necessary.  Collaborates with R&D Engineers on improvements for performance, reliability, and cost reductions.
  • Works closely with the Field Support Engineers when troubleshooting customer inquiries or issues in the field.  As necessary, schedules self and team for on-call rotation to support FSE staff that are in the field. 
  • Ensures engineers maintain accurate batch and test records to comply with regulatory requirements, good manufacturing practices, and standard operating procedures.
  • Prioritizes production schedules based on new product introduction, stock demands, efficiency, and material supply.
  • Works with Operations to maintain optimum safety stock for all components, including spare parts and assemblies.  Maintains inventory accuracy and integrity.  Works with vendors to source new equipment/materials.
  • Plays an active role in coordinating the transfer of new products from R&D Engineers to Manufacturing.
  • Monitors maintenance of systems manufacturing equipment and ensures a safe working environment.
  • Helps develop, monitor, and control the department’s budget and manage expenses.
  • Carries out personnel management responsibilities for manufacturing staff, performs annual performance reviews.
  • This position has supervisory responsibilities.

How will you get here?
  • BS/MS degree in a technical discipline in engineering.  Life science degree with prior relevant experience also considered.
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ relevant engineering experience with 3-5 years’ experience managing a team. 
  • Experience with some of the following technical areas is required: microfluidics, precision low volume liquid handlers, robotic printers or dispensers, electromechanical and optical instrumentation.
  • Proficient using Excel and Solid Works.  ERP experience in Oracle, SAP, or equivalent system required.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to manage the work of others.

AAP/EEO Statement:
We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 
This company does Not sponsor.  
This company does Not reimburse for Relocation

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