Senior Manager/Director, Systems Engineering

Location: San Jose, CA
Req ID: 19-PD-012


Senior Manager/Director, Systems Engineering

Job Summary:

The Senior Manager/Director, Systems Engineering works in our San Jose, CA engineering facility and is responsible for managing the formulation of technical requirements and design decisions of new products in our revolutionary optical sequencing technology. The person in this role will lead the team that has primary accountability for the development of complex life science instruments and for the characterization of embedded systems that leads to verification and validation. The position requires experience managing diverse teams, solid technical background in engineering and technology and direct experience with successful NGS products. Good problem solving abilities, hands-on design and lab skills, creativity and collaboration are essential.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Expand and manage a Systems Engineering team to guide overall engineering efforts
  • Team members will be expected to have strong instrument/platform development backgrounds, capable of troubleshooting complex systems, identifying opportunities for quality improvements, provide root cause analyses, and communicate results and plans to the rest of the Engineering team.
  • Ensure that comprehensive System Requirements documents are formulated and that designs are compatible with technical goals and marketing requirements.
  • Interacts with other senior functional leaders to ensure that the systems under development meet overall business requirements in a timely manner
  • Plan and execute hardware/software integration testing, performance characterization, requirements analysis, and risk analysis.
  • Plan and execute automated chemistry testing protocols, analyze and interpret results, and communicate results through written reports and design reviews.
  • Actively participate in project planning. Troubleshoot, and Coordinate meetings and activities as needed to ensure project success.
  • Perform other work related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a MS in Bioengineering, ME, physics, optics, or related academic or professional training.

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in leading R&D teams in a commercial instrumentation setting, and 7 years’ experience developing NGS products preferred.

  • Knowledge and experience with basic NGS technology.

  • Expertise and hands-on experience with prototyping tools.

  • Prior management responsibility for diverse technical teams.

  • Previous experience in product development of complex, precision biomedical  instruments from concept through production.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD. in Bioengineering, Engineering, Physics, or other relevant fields.
  • Hands-on experience with building NGS systems, optical alignment, building test setup and performing mechanical tolerance analysis.
  • Willing to travel up to ~20% time.


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