System Engineer - VAVE in San Jose, California at Molecular Devices

Date Posted: 9/14/2019

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Job ID: MOL002482

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Molecular Devices is one of the world's leading providers of high-performance bioanalytical measurement systems, software, and consumables for life science research, pharmaceutical, and biotherapeutic development. Included within a broad product portfolio are platforms for high-throughput screening, genomic and cellular analysis, colony selection, and microplate detection. These leading-edge products enable scientists to improve productivity and effectiveness, ultimately accelerating research and the discovery of new therapeutics. Molecular Devices is committed to the continual development of innovative solutions for life science applications. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices around the globe.

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The VAVE Engineer is responsible for reducing direct material cost, improving instrument functionality and instrument quality through VAVE and supplier change projects.  They will lead projects by pulling together drawings, specification packages and managing test/validation plans.  Moreover, they will analyze and recommend future projects that will result in improved instrument cost, performance and quality.  A successful incumbent will work effectively with a cross-functional/global staff and supply base.  This position provides an opportunity to develop new processes across a highly technical organization. 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Reduce direct material spend to meet the department goal
  • Enlist resources to drive projects in line with skills required (e.g. Electrical/Mechanical/Optical etc.)
  • Generate and update test plans to prove out production changes before cut in
  • Update designs, drawings, engineering data and engineering releases as needed
  • Build straightforward cost summaries to justify efforts
  • Drive process changes within engineering spec’s and use cases to improve effectiveness of future VAVE and supplier change processes
  • Update designs in engineering database e.g. CAD, ECAD, Firmware etc.
  • Ensure year-over-year improvement in instrument quality
  • Work directly and communicate regularly with international suppliers in Asia, Europe and the US
  • Drive continuous improvement both for effectiveness and efficiency

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or similar)
  • 5+ years of engineering, systems or VAVE design experience
  • Experience in lean manufacturing/continuous improvement methods preferred
  • Experience in project management is preferred
  • Awareness of optics, electrical circuit boards, plastics, sheet metal and mechanical parts
Skills and Attributes 
  • Results oriented – has track record for delivering results, takes ownership and is accountable
  • Stretch oriented – embraces and thrives on challenge.  Sets high expectations for self and the organization
  • Continuous improvement oriented – has familiarity with lean principles and how to apply them for sustainable results in a product development and manufacturing setting
  • Possesses a high sense-of-urgency, traction counts and has a strong attention to detail
  • Problem-Solving – able to perform complex problem-solving using a structured approach
  • Business/Technical Acumen – ability to quickly learn a wide portfolio of product, technical complexities and suppliers.  Both technically-minded and business-minded
  • Leadership – creates followership with cross-functional peers, while setting a high expectation
  • Able to balance and execute a VAVE strategy, while at the same time making an immediate impact
  • Effectively deploys resources to focus on the critical few
  • Excellent communication skills internally and with suppliers
Culture:   The right candidate for this role will embody both the Molecular Devices and Danaher culture.  Below are key attributes this candidate will possess. 
  • Analytical. This leader seeks out facts and evaluates relationships and dependencies.
  • Results-driven. Demonstrating initiative and personal accountability to meet work demands according to highest standards, while being able to prioritize and balance competing needs, will be key to success.
  • Both a competitive and team player. This individual speaks to results yet gives credit to the team.
  • Humble and self-aware. Helping drive a culture of respect across all associates, functions and levels while championing D&I and focusing on results is a must. This candidate understands their personal areas of development and actively works on weaknesses.
  • Clear communicator. Strong experience in developing effective internal communications and a clear, succinct style is desired.

Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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.
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