Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 8/6/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP003026

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
  • Apply knowledge of relevant continuous improvement tools and approaches to increase production up-time, minimize unplanned maintenance, minimize work in process inventories (WIP) or plant inventories, and implement cost reduction initiatives across equipment and labor
  • Assist in creating and updating manufacturing SOPs/Work Instructions.
  • Provide training to Manufacturing personnel
  • Seek and implement process improvements within Manufacturing
  • Recognize machine operating conditions and requirements for optimum production runs and can troubleshoot and resolve basic line performance issues
  • Identify constraints in, or non-conformances resulting from, the production process through analysis of material, people and information movement/flow
  • Understand product cost drivers by interpreting product bill of materials and cost sheets to ensure adherence to projected cost
  • Leverage knowledge of product costs and drivers and Design to Value concepts to effectively participate in cross-functional teams pursuing product cost improvement initiatives
  • Effectively interface with other engineering disciplines, such as Controls & Automation engineering and New Product Introduction teams
  • Develop and deliver oral and written communications around process improvement projects
  • Organize an analytical approach to problem solving with familiarity with FDA and GMP
  • In depth understanding of production and quality control techniques

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related discipline;  or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.
  • A minimum of 5+ years overall related engineering experience within medical device or a regulated industry.
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills to understand system interfaces and be able to quickly analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve system interoperability problems
  • Experience with failure investigations, root cause failure analysis, process engineering, etc.
  • Fluent in the use of MS Excel for data analysis and presentation in graphic formats
  • Solid mathematical skills with basic statistics knowledge
  • Working knowledge of design of experiments and interpretation of test results
  • Excellent communication skills.  Must be able to communicate verbally in an efficient and effective manner and be proficient in document preparation and editing, including detailed test planning and report writing.  Must be able to reduce data to coherent form for clear presentation.
  • Must have ability to meet deadlines on multiple concurrent projects

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 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.