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Danaher Corporation Director, Supplier Engineering, Plastics in Sunnyvale, California

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world’s most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we’re working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

Learn about the Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) which makes everything possible.

The Director, Plastics Supplier Engineering will lead Cepheid’s Sunnyvale Plastics Supplier Engineering group and will work closely with external plastic injection molding suppliers/CMs, commodity business managers, operations, quality, and engineering to establish and implement the most effective supplier development plan and strategies. This role is accountable for supplier management and monitoring, including performance, on time delivery, quality, yield, lead time, and capacity. This role will also be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders in the new product introduction teams to plan and transfer new tools and process/design related changes at suppliers and or contract manufacturers.

The Director, Supplier Engineering is expected to embrace and lead through Danaher Business System practices (Lean / Six Sigma) and thrive in a cross-functional, matrix environment where continuous improvement is the cultural norm. Must be comfortable leading through influence and be a capable communicator inside the company and with external partners.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead and develop a team of Supplier Development engineers/managers, growing and mentoring them to support a multi-billion-dollar business.

  • Be responsible for permanent improvement of external supply quality including yield, process and design improvements

  • Monitor suppliers' performance through KPIs, SPC and preventative measures.

  • Create standard work to evaluate technical capabilities, process audits at supplier sites and qualify suppliers based on selection criteria. Provide feedback and update internal supplier selection and qualification processes.

  • Guide suppliers on non-conformities and root-cause analysis. Coordinate change control activities for purchased goods and services.

  • Work closely across Supplier Quality, Quality Assurance, Procurement, R&D and Regulatory Affairs

  • Identify, quantify, prioritize, and drive supplier improvement projects including supplier recommended design changes to internal engineering teams. Use data analytics to make recommendations and drive VAVE projects (Quality, Cost, Efficiency)

  • Drive resolution to systemic supply chain issues affecting quality, cost, delivery or lead-time, which may include engagement with sub-tiers in the supply chain.

  • Drive Cepheid requirements at supplier, while representing supplier capabilities within Cepheid

  • Review, drive corrective actions, and approve supplier issues (Non-conforming material, corrective action requests, etc.).

  • Align with Commodity Management and Purchasing leaders to implement global sourcing strategies for the commodities assigned by focusing on lowest total cost of ownership and flexibility through supplier segmentation, development and management.

  • Engage in the NPI process to ensure timely product releases/improvements and align with the commodity strategies. Monitor performance of new tools during initial “safe launch” period, and escalate to the NPI core team as needed to address any problems

  • Develop a professional relationship with key suppliers through executive meetings and execution to the defined business metrics.

  • Demonstrate leadership experience with strong social competence and communications skills

  • Good knowledge of QMS and ISO 13485, MDD/MDR, ISO 9001 and GMP

  • Responsible for reviewing tool health, spares, and making recommendations on required repairs/refurbishment

  • Establish, track, and trend key supplier performance metrics - OEE, FPY, Tool Availability, and SPC

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • Requires a minimum of Bachelor’s degree with 14+ years of related experience with an Engineering Bachelor of Science degree preferably in Material Science, Industrial engineering or Polymer engineering OR

  • Master’s/Doctoral degree with 12+ years of related experience.

  • 4+ years managing people

The preferred requirements of the job include:

  • Master’s degree (business or technical)

  • APICs certification

  • Demonstrated technical and analytical ability with high degree of professional acumen.

  • Demonstrated experience in Injection molding & tooling development

  • Demonstrated experience with equipment selection, operation, and processing

  • Demonstrated failure analysis experience with polymer materials

  • Strong / Concise verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experienced and comfortable with executive level presentations (.ppt / “elevator pitches”).

  • Familiar with ISO and GMPMD requirements.

  • Proficiency in MS Excel, MS Power Point, Agile, and SAP

  • Ability to read and interpret product Bill of Materials (BOM's)

  • Ability to work at Supplier sites and office environment.

  • Some travel domestically and internationally is required (25%)

Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it’s a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at danaherbenefitsinfo.com.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies require all US and Puerto Rico employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID–19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

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