Supervisor – Process Engineering

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  • United States, San Francisco Bay Area, CA View on Map
  • Post Date : September 16, 2020
  • Apply Before : October 16, 2020
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Job Description

The Supervisor, Process Development (Automation) will work on the automation development and sustainment of our deployed clinical diagnostic products within the Illumina clinical lab. The primary function of this position will be to lead a team of engineers responsible for automating molecular diagnostic assay workflows using liquid handling systems in a clinical lab for patient care. The role will work closely with operations, product development, software development, quality and commercial teams. The ideal candidate will have experience interfacing with development teams, leading teams from concept to launch, facilitating transfer of lab protocols from product development into a clinical laboratory, and driving data based decisions. The automation team is responsible for transitioning manual workflows and processes on to semi/fully automated robotics systems as appropriate and provide ongoing support and continuous improvement of these systems. Immediate application is establishing automation for a scalable Covid-19 testing workflow.


  • Leads a team of automation engineers supporting projects for clinical laboratory operations.
  • Supervise team and apply management skills to improve efficiency and accomplish operational objectives within team.
  • Leads team to oversee transition of manual workflows onto automated systems and liquid handlers
  • Drive optimization of existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality
  • Coaches team members to support skill development and career growth.
  • Author, execute and document test plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for automated workflows
  • Provide support for existing equipment and coordinate vendor support as required
  • Monitor and evaluate new and emerging technologies in laboratory automation systems
  • Able to create requirements, plan activities and contribute to budget of allocated project scope, and prioritization of activities/assignments to supporting team members.
  • Able to identify risk and provide recommendations for risk mitigation in area of responsibility and at project level.
  • Design and execution of experiments to support process changes.
  • Queries and analyzes process data to help drive sustainment and development efforts.
  • Able to own a large subsystem or workflow, without needing oversight.
  • Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms
  • Supports clinical laboratory and product development process engineering needs.
  • Be a technical and integration representative for Operations on cross functional initiatives.
  • Collaborate with scientists, bioinformatics, engineering, software and commercial teams to develop, transfer, and sustain new products into the Clinical laboratory.
  • Supports and troubleshoots existing processes and provides guidance on potential enhancements.

Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of technical experience, or Master’s degree with at least 3 years of technical experience, or PhD with at least 1 year of technical experience
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a leadership role
  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Minimum 3 years hands on experience in laboratory automation systems and liquid handling preferred
  • Proficiency in both writing and optimizing scripts on automated liquid handling platforms (e.g., Hamilton, Tecan, Beckman, KingFisher, SPT, etc.,) preferred
  • Experience in driving continuous improvement projects
  • Six Sigma strongly preferred
  • Experience with writing and executing test protocols
  • Experience with NGS methods is strongly preferred
  • Statistical background for data analysis, process monitoring and QC.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills. Highly energetic and self-motivated.
  • Experience working in a clinically regulated environment is highly desirable
  • Experienced in defining requirements for lab workflows and LIMS systems.
  • Background with validation and verification processes in a regulated laboratory.
  • Ability to think innovatively toward solving problems effectively and efficiently.
  • Adept inter-personal skills to contribute to cross functional project teams and work with stakeholders.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills

All listed requirements are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.

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