Tooling Manager in Lodi, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 11/11/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP004493

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 person will work closely with the Cepheid Lodi Management Team to identify priorities and schedule tooling projects as well as mold maintenance and repair work through the Tooling Department. S/He will be responsible to ensure the high-quality mold manufacturing standards required by Cepheid through training, developing an efficient mold making system, utilizing industry best practices and upholding strict quality standards. S/He will schedule all Tooling personnel, jobs, track progress and report to the Management Team in order to meet production requirements. S/He will be responsible for ensuring safety, training and scheduling of the Tooling Department staff.


    • Ensure a clean, safe, hazard free workplace through machine shop safety training and standard
      process implementation including 5S
    • Supervise all Tooling personnel, including administration of performance appraisals and disciplinary measures
    • Build and maintain a ‘Kaizen’ mindset of Lean/continuous improvement utilizing DBS Tools to make frequent, incremental improvements to Tooling procedures
    • Troubleshoot mold manufacturing and production tooling problem issues to determine root cause and suggest corrective/preventive actions
    • Manage the timelines of equipment and tooling projects to completion
    • Responsible for ensuring that all machine tools and molds are properly maintained and spare components are available, ready to meet production schedule requirements
    • Develop and maintain a spare parts inventory for all production molds with full inspection reports to ensure interchangeability
    • Develop and/or review and approve all tooling preventive maintenance procedures
    • Inspects and reports on new molds transferred from Vendors as well as molds built by Cepheid Lodi Tooling
    • Reviews DFM reports and advises regarding mold design, manufacturing and production
    • Recommends materials, processes and components to be used in mold manufacturing
    • Develops cost estimates for new molds, mold repair and engineering change projects as required
    • Weekly status reports of progress in regard to new mold build and existing mold repair and maintenance status to Sr. Manager, ME, Lodi Site Director and Staff
    • Stays up-to-date on current industry trends and technology and looks for ways to utilize them at Cepheid Lodi in order to improve quality and efficiency in mold manufacturing
    • Create and/or approve PO requisitions for equipment, materials and services required
    • Manage Tooling Department budget for labor, materials and services
    • Ensure Tooling support coverage for Molding production during evening and weekend shifts


    • Determine staff requirements for Tooling Department
    • Develop job descriptions and requisitions for new personnel positions
    • Perform performance reviews and determine salary levels
    • Employee disciplinary actions

Job Requirements



    • 8 years experience as a Plastic Injection Mold Maker / Tool Maker with hands-on mold design, manufacturing and troubleshooting experience

    People management experience

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.