Senior Manager, CSET (Plastic Injection Molded R&D Engineering)

Cepheid - US
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Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Job Description

The Senior Manager, Component Specialist Engineering Team (CSET), is the recognized technical expert of an assigned critical component of Cepheid's product line. This person will lead and manage a team responsible for a variety of specialized engineering and technical duties related to the assigned area of specialization, including:

  • Part designs and specifications
  • Mold development and qualification
  • Associated process development
  • Automation related to the parts and process
  • Testing procedures and requirements.
  • On-going production support and troubleshooting related to parts


  • Develop project priorities and objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans; conferring with management.
  • Determine project responsibilities within the technical team by identifying project phases and elements and assigning personnel to phases and elements.
  • Manage the resources within the technical team to ensure that all team responsibilities/deliverables are met.
  • Maintain project schedule by monitoring project progress; coordinating activities; resolving problems.
  • Control project plan by reviewing design, specifications, and plan and schedule changes; recommending actions.
  • Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends; recommending actions.
  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by enforcing procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Drive accountability to ensure highest quality output from all team contributors.
  • Manage, develop, and nurture a high-performing technical team.
  • Contribute to manufacturing excellence by improving product reliability and quality while reducing scraps/cost.
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related technical discipline; or, equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of direct relate engineering experince.
  • A minimum of 5 years of managerial experience developing a high performing team.
  • Experience working with NPI and product transfer.
  • Strong proficiency with data analysis, process development, validation/qualification (IQOQPQ).
  • Basic knowledge of design control, risk analysis, and design of experiment (DOE).
  • A strong ability to build collaboration across multiple disciplines and drive continuous improvements through the application of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Injection molding, tooling, equipment qualifications experience.
  • Experience developing robust test methods and test protocols to improve component performance.

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