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Senior Sustaining Engineer - Process Development

Company: Illumina
Location: San Diego
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

We are looking for a driven, talented Senior Process Engineer / Scientist to join our growing Manufacturing Technical Operations (MTO) group. The MTO group works as an integral part of our Consumables Manufacturing process and is tasked with increasing quality and yield within our production environments. This individual will provide technical leadership to new product introduction, production process development, improvement and sustaining efforts. Additionally, these teams will partner cross-functionally with R & D, Quality, Production and other engineering groups to develop processes for new products and sustain and improve processes for existing products.


  • Provide technical leadership in the production and analysis of oligonucleotides, modified triphosphates, and/or nucleotides in a regulated manufacturing environment.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to both (1) address operational sustaining needs (i.e. resolve production issues related to safety, yield, quality, and/or throughput) and (2) develop and transfer new processes/products to production and/or to enhance existing processes/products
  • Represents and advocates for Operations' needs in cross-functional meetings to ensure quality, continuity and efficiency of products and processes transferred to and implemented within manufacturing teams.
  • Utilize change management practices to drive safety, quality, efficiency, and/or cost improvements.
  • Identifies, analyze, trends, monitors and updates Manufacturing KPIs and metrics.
  • Lead or support non-conformances/CAPA's through technical evaluations and investigations.
  • Identify, drive and support continuous improvement and sustaining activities.
  • Able to select appropriate components and vendors in area of responsibility, without oversight.
  • Lead and support teams in the transfer of manufacturing processes between manufacturing locations.
  • Responsible for productive cross-site and cross-functional relationship between manufacturing sites.
  • Able to plan and prioritize assigned tasks and activities with minimal guidance.
  • Execution of tasks independently and with guidance as necessary from project lead or manager.
  • Influences technical decisions in own area of responsibility.
  • Tracks component COGS and associated project expenses


    • Demonstrated ability to make oligonucleotides, nucleotides, and/or associated subassemblies
    • Manufacturing experience of organic synthesis is highly desirable
    • Working knowledge and experience of automated synthesis, preparative and analytical chromatography. LC-MS and ability to interpret NMR is desirable.
    • Experience in process support and development in a GMP environment
    • Strong analytical, problem solving, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis skills
    • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills required
    • Must be detail oriented
    • Strong understanding of GMP
    • Experience with standard laboratory practices
    • High level computer skills are required. Programming knowledge is a plus.
    • Experience with SAP or equivalent ERP system
    • Experience working in an ISO 13485 or FDA regulated environment is desirable
    • Experience with lean manufacturing tools and principles is a plus
    • Experience with statistics, Statistical Process Control and DOE techniques is desirable


      • MS Degree in Organic Chemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering or similar discipline with 2+ years of related experience
      • BS Degree in Organic Chemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering or similar discipline with 5+ years of related experience

        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.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. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit:

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