Staff Engineer - Process Development - 7331BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
San Diego, CA 92101
Job Description

All About Us

Do you want to make a difference? Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. We’ve built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, and established ourselves as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies. Our people and our technology change lives by driving advancements in life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging markets. We are deeply passionate about what we do, because we know that our work has the power to improve lives.

We’re an established company with a track record of phenomenal growth. Our revenue grew from $10 million in 2002 to approximately $2.4 billion in 2016. Our growth isn’t just revenue, we’ve been hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its “World’s Smartest Companies” list each of the last three years. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you – imagine the possibilities.

Position Summary:
We are looking for driven, talented Engineering Supervisor to join our growing Life Cycle Management (LCM) group. The LCM group works as an integral part of our Consumables Manufacturing process and is tasked with new product introduction and increasing quality and yield within our high volume production environments.

This individual will lead teams that provide technical leadership to optimize, improve and upgrade our manufacturing processes. This will include partnering with R & D, Quality, Finance, Production and other engineering groups to sustain and improve processes for existing products and to introduce new products into manufacturing.
All About You

  • Lead process sustaining, definition and improvement, design, development and quality test activities in the making of consumable products or support of processes/equipment used to sequence genomes.
  • Lead teams to develop and transfer new processes/products to production and enhance their robustness. 
  • Troubleshoot production line issues related to yield, quality and throughput.
  • Construct and execute controlled experiments (including DOE's) to optimize processes, address yield and quality issues and drive implementation of solutions in a production environment to meet production goals.
  • Analyze process test results, issue reports and make technical recommendations.
  • Work cross functionally with R&D, Manufacturing and Quality to develop processes for new products and improve processes of existing products.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the consumables Process Engineering team to accomplish all team goals and objectives.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, and training employees; maintains a safe, secure, and legal work environment.
  • Manage team development through training, coaching and career mapping; develops personal growth opportunities.
  • Lead continuous improvement and sustaining efforts for products and processes in support of cost and performance objectives.
  • Lead, work on and guide teams to transfer manufacturing processes between manufacturing locations.
  • Responsible for productive cross-site and cross-functional relationship between manufacturing sites.


  • Work experience in the biotech or semiconductor industries is desirable.
  • Manufacturing experience of Oligonucleotide synthesis would be highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead, coach and mentor direct reports required.
  • Experience working in an ISO13485 or FDA certified environment is desirable.
  • Experience in high-volume production in a high-tech consumables industry is desirable.
  • Experience with chemical processes (preferably organic) preferred.
  • Experience in production support and/or process development is required.
  • Experience with statistics, Statistical Process Control and DOE techniques are required.
  • High level problem solving and reasoning skills required.
  • Experience with product development processes and project management skills is desirable.
  • Good interdepartmental communication, influence and documentation skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish goals while working across departments is required.


  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnical Engineering, or MS/PhD in Materials Science or Physical Chemistry with at least 6 years of relevant experience in production support/sustaining and/or process definition and development, design, scale-up, improvement and validation. At least 1 year as a technical manager or 2 years as a production manager.      

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. 

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