Manager, Electrical and Controls Engineering in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 6/6/2019

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Job ID: CEP003524

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


  • Job Description Summary
    The Automation Engineering group is seeking an experienced Manager of Electrical and Controls Engineering to lead a team of talented engineers to successfully execute and launch complex automation projects from design to development, validation, transfer, training and documentation. Responsibilities include new designs as well as continuous improvement, cost reduction initiatives and providing 24/7 operations support. The role involves cross functional interface with Consumable Engineering, Quality, Facilities, Process Engineering, Manufacturing and Sustaining Engineering groups.
  • Job Description


    • Develop high level plans for automation projects including system architecture, risk assessment, schedule and resource planning
    • Provide guidance and technical leadership to the engineering team to design and manufacture automated equipment
    • Create detailed documentation including but not limited to design input requirements, specifications, design of experiments, test protocol, installation /service procedures and validation protocols /reports
    • Manage outside suppliers and contract manufacturers as needed to design and build outsourced tools   
    • Establish good engineering /manufacturing disciplines and promote new ways of thinking that will produce best in class automation equipment    
    • Evaluate and recommend engineering changes to existing equipment that will ensure maximum productivity
    • Maintain strict compliance with ISO13485, cGMP, QSR and other applicable Quality Management System standards
    • Lead recruiting, retention and development initiatives for the engineering personnel
    • Set and monitor goals for the team that are aligned with the department and corporate needs and encourage growth /development and career paths for the team members
    • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the engineering team
    • 10% Travel

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field with 9 - 12 years of combined technical and people management experience, OR
  • Master’s degree with 7 - 9 years of combined technical and people management experience
  • Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience with electro-mechanical equipment in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Proficient with Allen-Bradley PLC ControlLogix Platform and development tools
  • In-depth knowledge of SCADA/HMI Design, Configuration, Programing, Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Experience with designing and maintaining Vision System used on production equipment (e.g. Cognex /Keyence, etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of Motion Controllers and PID tuning
  • In-depth knowledge of Computer System Validation methodologies (CSV), 21 CFR Part 11 as well creation of User Requirements Specification and IQ/OQ/PQ protocol/report generation & execution
  • Experience with Commissioning/Decommissioning and Process Transfer
  • Experience with Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • In-depth knowledge of local, national and international Electrical Standards for Industrial Machinery to ensure compliance with UL/CE Marking and Field Labeling requirements.  These include but are not limited to current NEC- NFPA 70 & 79, EN 60204, Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and SEMI S standards
  • Experience in ISO13485 setting and Quality regulations environment  
  • Proven track record of successfully driving engineering projects to meet business objectives on time and on budget
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate clear project updates on a regular basis
  • The position requires a high degree of adaptability; creative decision-making; and technical problem-solving abilities

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in the Medical Device /Biotech industry
  • Understanding of SQL database
  • Experience with Epson robots
  • knowledge of Rockwell FactoryTalk Metrics
  • Knowledge of Process characterizations, Six Sigma and LEAN

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