Sr. Supplier Development Engineer – Component Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 11/10/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP003301

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).



This is a multifaceted technical role at the intersection of engineering and business. Versatility and critical thinking are essential to this role in which you will perform studies to characterize functionally critical attributes for instruments (primarily) and plastic consumables, put in place appropriate process controls, and/or assess feasibility of second source components. These components may include electronic/mechanical components such as LEDs or PCBAs, or filters or plastics used in the assay cartridge. Additionally, this role affords the opportunity to achieve and be credited for quantifiable financial results through engineering projects targeted at the cost savings through process improvements or validation of second-source suppliers.


• Evaluate components in the context of their functional applications in Cepheid systems.
  --  Identify the critical to function elements of a component
  --  Reverse engineer a component to understand what manufacturing processes impact functional performance
• Determine and establish the right level of controls at the supplier and/or within Cepheid to ensure sustainable, predictable supply and quality.
• Participate in technical audits at supplier sites, including assessments of their core technical competencies and process controls.
• Establish, track, and trend key component and supplier performance metrics.
• Develop and execute control plans with engineering and manufacturing teams.
• Use data analytics to make recommendations on actions.
• Identify, quantify, prioritize, and drive supplier improvement projects.
• Design and direct feasibility studies for alternate components.
• Drive Cepheid requirements with suppliers, while representing supplier capabilities within Cepheid
• This position will require travel. Candidates must be willing and able to travel.

Job Requirements



Bachelor’s degree in field with 5+ years of related work experience OR  Master’s degree in field with 3+ years of related work experience OR Doctoral degree in field with 0-2 years of related work experience

• Degree in Engineering Discipline (e.g. mechanical, electrical, biomedical) with the corresponding level of experience: B.S. with ≥5 years, M.S. or Ph.D. with ≥3 years
• Ability to think critically and act independently in finding and executing solutions to complex problems
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Experience working with cross-functional teams
• High level of organization and attentiveness to detail
• High degree of professional acumen; can work well with other internal functional groups and external suppliers
• Demonstrated experience with high volume electrical/mechanical manufacturing processes - automated processes, manual assembly, and functional tests.
• Practical understanding of statistical techniques for data analysis and process control
• Demonstrated technical and analytical ability
• Experience working directly with suppliers and contract manufacturers
• Understanding of manufacturing processes and controls related to area of expertise


• Experience working in an FDA-regulated environment
• Graduate level degree in one of the aforementioned engineering disciplines
• Basic understanding of PCR
• Programming skills; familiarity with programming languages such as Python
• Experience leading cross-functional teams
• Demonstrated experience working with suppliers and contract manufacturers on a regular basis


• Ability to work in lab and office environments

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, 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.