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Danaher Corporation Director, Technology and Innovation 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.

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The Director, Technology and Innovation is responsible helping drive technical strategy for the Cepheid Innovation Core (particularly in hardware engineering) and leading a team to support early-stage hardware innovation projects.

This position is part of the Innovation Organization and will be located in Sunnyvale, CA. Innovation evaluates new technologies to ensure Cepheid continues to provide best in class diagnostics.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, organize, and lead the reporting team to spearhead innovation projects and to contribute to a culture of innovation across Cepheid

  • Act as key technical member and architect for systems within the Innovation organization

  • Contribute to fundamental decisions within innovation for make (internal development) versus buy (merger and acquisition)

  • Collaborate with the strategic marketing, strategic development, business development groups to perform voice of customer (VOC) activities to generate, validate, and prioritize innovation ideas and projects

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • An advanced degree in a science or engineering (PhD preferred)

  • A minimum of 10 years of direct experience in technical R&D, product development, or innovation settings bringing products to market, ideally in the medical, diagnostics, healthcare, and/or consumer health spaces

  • Experience managing technical teams with a track record of “on-time delivery”

  • Comfortable being hands-on in a variety of engineering disciplines

  • Innovative, out-of-the-box problem solver capable of overcoming challenging and complex problems in a fast-paced environment

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Proven experience in a design-controlled, quality-systems driven environment including familiarity with FDA and ISO 13485 standards

  • Building, leading, developing, and managing high performing technical teams

  • Experience working in life-science environments

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 80,000 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.

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Operating Company: Cepheid