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Process Engineer in Richmond, Illinois at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 3/4/2019

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Job ID: COR001336

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems Imaging, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check. 

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To provide effective and efficient support of in-production products and launch of new products into the production environment.

Instrumental in designing and accurately documenting engineered products via engineering drawings and specifications, which will be used by multiple disciplines (materials, procurement, sales and customer service, production and quality) to operate the business unit.

Responsibility for ensuring ongoing design and documentation of process and operation changes.

Major Responsibilities 
  • Carry out all facets of the engineering function including, but not limited to:
  • Develop testing protocols to evaluate production methods to improve consistency and reduce variation
  • Implement upgrades in equipment and layout changes to optimize production flow and efficiency
  • Construct and execute validation testing on equipment and process modifications
  • Evaluate and select equipment to support process upgrades and new product introductions
  • Partner with R&D as part of manufacturing transfer an scale up for new product introductions
  • Engage with manufacturing teams and direct labor 
  • Update project budgets and implementation schedules 
  • Ownership for design transfer of new products
  • Assist in maintaining manufacturing compliance reports and records
  • Preparation of reports including some on an ad-hoc basis
Audit work including:
  • Qualitative audit on information accuracy during agency and internal inspections 
  • Produce daily and weekly operational analytical reports as required including report design and format/layout using Excel or any other relevant systems
  • Provide project management charts for executive review
  • To actively engage in ensuring a safe working environment for all associates within the company
  • To ensure timely treatment and reporting of an safety incidents that do occur
  • To ensure engineering teams consider product safety as the number one priority in design and product support activity
  • To ensure internal quality objectives for in production diagnostic consumables are achieved on a monthly basis
  • Adequate verification and review of engineering changes prior to implementation
  • Compliance with company quality policy and procedures
  • Product engineering activity contributes to on time delivery
  • Support purchasing team cost reduction initiatives
  • Drive cost reduction initiatives through value engineering activities
  • Innovation:
  • Support R & D efforts to facilitate on-time completion of transfer to manufacture activities

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related degree with 5-8 years of experience in Medical Device Industry
  • Experience with designing, layout, testing and validating chemical processing production equipment
  • Experience interfacing with and supporting commercial manufacturing in a cGMP regulated environment
  • Experience leading/project management experience
  • Proficient in CAD software tools like AutoCAD, Solid Works, PCAD, ORCAD and PADS
  • Willingness to take on challenging assignments in all areas of the plant
  • Willingness to spend a significant amount of time on the manufacturing floor to understand the issues the mechanics, and operators face daily
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills with a proven ability to influence and drive change/results
  • Must posse4ss a high level of motivation and resourcefulness
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Travel: 0% to 10%:  Travel may be required for training, customer support and/or ad=hoc 

Language:  English  

  • Demonstrate technical expertise in problem solving, issue resolution and translating engineering concerts to workable solutions in the Engineering team
  • Collaborate with Global teams to define process product and technology improvement areas
  • Strategize and build vision for the Engineering team to embrace continuous improvement, costs containment, innovation and expertise
  • Work with cross functional teams to synergize capabilities, incorporate best practices and leverage experience
  • Demonstrate process and product Verification/Validation using URS, IQ, OQ and PQ
  • Experience and understanding of GMP, ISO, FDA, Product and Process Risk Assessment & FMEA, DFM
  • Drive hands-on simulation expertise focusing on data collection/testing exposure combined with tools knowledge for predictive modelling
  • Passion for continuous learning and improvement of product, process and technology
  • Demonstrate sound project planning and technical leadership to manage multiple priorities, tasks and deliverables
  • Drive execution model to enable team deliver on FTY/OTD of all Engineering TG deliverables
  • Demonstrates passionate commitment to application of KAIZEN/VSM methods and tools to daily work of team members in a LEAN environment
  • Sets and delivers team stretch goals, drives decision making and critical reasoning
  • Highly self-motivated, excellent project planning and tracking skills, strong interpersonal skills, assertive communications and influencing skills
  • Drive workouts, brainstorming sessions, leveraging tolls to innovate, ideate and engage team to deliver on differentiated products
  • Conduct technical reviews not limited to drawings, designs, concerts, models, documentation per applicable codes and standards/internal design guidelines/design practices
Internal Relationships: 
  • Reports directly to the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance
  • Receives design feedback from R & D, product management, VOC, Quality, technical service manager, production managers, and sales representatives
Physical Demands & Working Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, stand, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, bend, talk and hear.  
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  

Work environment:  While performing the duties of this job, most work is in an office environment setting.  Lighting and temperature are adequate.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.