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Packaging Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 12/26/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP002362

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).


Packaging Engineer 

The Packaging Engineer is responsible for supporting all global package design, development and testing for instruments and diagnostic kits, and all labeling development and implementation.  This person will also serve as liaison between Development, Product Transfer, Manufacturing and Marketing.


  • Support all packaging-related systems and standard operating procedures
  • Develop packaging and labeling from early development through commercial launch phases
  • Perform package testing including leak, torque degradation, label adhesion, ink adhesion and ship testing, and create test protocols and reports
  • Create and revise component specifications, create and revise bills of materials and submit change orders for review and approval
  • Troubleshoot packaging and labeling-related issues in manufacturing
  • Work with suppliers to create and revise packaging specifications, artwork and technical drawings
  • Keep up-to-date on DOT, IATA and IMDG regulations for the shipment of hazardous materials
  • Create and revise label artwork on in-house thermal transfer printers
  • Participate on cross-functional teams that include Purchasing, Planning, Quality, Shipping, Marketing, Product Transfer, Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Development and Project Management
  • Create and execute packaging and system-related validation protocols and reports
  • Provide assistance in selection of packaging materials including plastic and glass primary containers, pouches & bags, labels, flyers, paperboard cartons, corrugated boxes & wood crates
  • Assist failure investigations, and Non-Conformance and Corrective and Preventative Action reports
  • Perform concept and design reviews for new packaging and labeling projects
  • Review and approve supplier label, carton and box artwork proofs

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging or Engineering with 5 - 7 years of related work experience, OR
  • Master’s degree in Packaging or Engineering with 3 - 5 years of related work experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Packaging and Labeling 
  • Proven track record of successfully driving packaging projects to meet business objectives on time
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate clear project updates on a regular basis to a cross-functional team
  • The position requires a high degree of adaptability and creative decision-making along with ability to solve complex technical problems
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal guidance and lead small projects with manageable risks and resource requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in ISO13485 setting and Quality regulations environment
  • 3+ years hands-on experience in a high volume manufacturing environment
  • Solidworks /AutoCAD
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Tops Pallet Pattern Software

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.