Senior Quality Operations Engineer in Lodi, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 6/21/2019

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Job ID: CEP003727

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).


  • The successful candidate will support Quality Systems activities related to new product development, manufacturing sustainment, especially design control and risk management activities, in accordance with FDA and ISO regulations. The ideal candidate will have a Quality Assurance Engineering background in molecular diagnostic products utilizing nucleic acid amplification tests and background in injection plastic molding.
  • Job Description

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    Support manufacturing, contract manufacturing, and complaint handling/field sustaining leading to improved compliance with corporate policies, 21CFR820, ISO 13485, the Medical Device Directive, and other applicable regulatory agencies, while striving for continuous improvement.

    NPI and Change Control Activities:

    • Ensure that DMRs are complete and accurate as part of NPI/design transfer to manufacturing.
    • Review ECOs and deviations according to change order guidelines, ensuring impact for Major change(s) is outlined and evidence of required activities, and reason for change is clear and accurate.
    • Ensure maintenance of validated state, and consideration for re-validation during various design and process changes.
    • Ensure maintenance of product ID and traceability, including that of safety critical parts.
    • Review and approve the criteria for WIP reworks and re-inspections.
    • Drive improvements in process capability and quality of products.

    Failure investigations and corrective actions:

    • Regularly monitor, investigate and review nonconformance activities and generate CAPAs/SCARs based on trends/issues identified from operations, MRB and drive them to closure.
    • Investigate failures for field/customer, in-coming and in-process problems and execute corrective actions.
    • Proactively identify potential problems and drive continuous improvement, utilizing the CAPA/SCAR and other processes.

    Process Validation and Manufacturing Process Support

    • Provide support to process validation and other processes on the manufacturing floor, warehouse and facilities as required.

    Quality System Support:

    • Support global initiatives/QSIPs and ensure that required activities are carried out, including pertinent personnel planning, training and resourcing.

    All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.

Job Requirements


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in a technical field desired, preferably Biomolecular Engineering
  • 7-10 years experience in quality assurance field in a medical device manufacturing environment
  • In-depth knowledge of SPC, and process capability studies.
  • Working knowledge of the FDA medical device Quality Systems Regulations and ISO 13485.
  • Experience with failure investigations, risk management and failure report writing,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to create concise, accurate report
  • Ability to read technical reports and specifications
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and computer database software, including Microsoft Office applications (Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Must have capability to review, analyze, summarize and interpret quality systems data, draw conclusions, make appropriate decisions and recommendations, write reports and give oral presentations.
  • Must show self-initiative but be comfortable in the role of a team player. Must be able to manage multiple projects and report progress against goals in an objective manner
  • Project management experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills required
  • Must be detail oriented and able to work independently
  • Minimum travel

Preferred Requirements:

  • ASQ certification
  • Visio and Project knowledge
  • Experience in Injection Plastic molding and related standards focusing on Medical devices preferly.

Danaher Corporation Overview

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