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    Job Opportunity: Senior Supply Chain Engineer - Illumina Incorporated (San Diego, CA)

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      Headquartered in San Diego, California, Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of next generation life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and biological function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized machine. With the innovation advances in our sequencing technologies, we are rapidly impacting the clinical market in areas such as reproductive health and oncology. The expanding Illumina oncology portfolio of next-generation sequencing NGS and microarray technologies is revolutionizing cancer genomics research. Our customers include a broad range of academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other leading institutions around the globe.


      Illumina has experienced phenomenal growth from $10 million in revenues in 2002 to over $1.4 billion in 2013. Forbes named Illumina #1 on the 2009 list of 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in the United States, the second time over a three year period that Forbes ranked Illumina #1 on its list of rapidly growing technology companies. Illumina was also named #1 smartest company in the world as part of MIT's 2014 Technology Review. As of August 2014, the company had a $24 billion market capitalization.


      Position Summary

      The successful supplier development engineer will use their combined experience and knowledge in supply chain, operations, and quality to develop and drive completion of internal and external programs focused on compliance, continuous improvement, lead-time reduction, risk reduction and value engineering.


      Primary Responsibilities

      • Support the selection and approval of new production suppliers.
      • Assess supplier manufacturing, design and business processes and collaborate to make recommendations for process improvements, cost reductions, risk reductions and lead-time reductions.
      • Mitigate identified risks, appropriately, through various approaches including: second source development, coordination of Quality/Supply Agreements, logistical improvements and capacity studies.
      • Collect, evaluate and present supplier performance metrics to identify improvement opportunities within the supply chain.
      • Negotiate change notice agreements with suppliers and identify necessary QIPs to contain any risks of undetected changes from impacting Illumina production.
      • Identify Supplier production process limitations to determine risk elements (quality and throughput), including situations where specification tolerances are pushing industry or machine capabilities.
      • Promote continuous improvement techniques at suppliers by identifying bottlenecks, improving throughput and reducing queue times and lead times.
      • Create corrective action plans to address failures. Perform evaluations of remedial responses and activity to assure proper closure and prevention.
      • Identify improvement projects and participate in these cross-functional projects, internally and externally.
      • Work with engineering, sourcing and quality to identify, develop and implement kaizen plans which improve flow, reduce cycle time, reduce lead-time and improve quality.
      • Routinely visit suppliers and support in conducting audits. Drive corrective actions from audit findings and ensure completion. Interact with Quality for timely updates to the ASL.
      • Ensure tier 1 suppliers are using capable tier 2 suppliers for material and outside processing services.
      • Provide regular feedback to sourcing on supplier performance and improvement plans, to be used in stratifying commodities to determine best overall commodity footprint, as well as defining strategies that drive supplier selection and preferred status.


      Desired Experience

      • Experienced in developing and managing projects, across functions, using MS Project or Prochain.
      • Minimum 5 years' experience in supplier development, and desirably in medical device, bio or pharma.
      • Knowledgeable of process control tools and ability to implement continuous improvement programs.
      • Experience in conducting and leading audits, assessments and technical reviews, with ability to communicate findings.
      • Ability to deal professionally and effectively with suppliers, engineers, legal, customers and all functional areas.
      • Experience in assessing, auditing and interacting with suppliers, including low-cost countries/regions.
      • Knowledgeable in ROHs, Reach, Social responsibility and Conflict Minerals programs.
      • Knowledgeable in commodities such as reagents, packaging, molding, labware and chemicals (other?)
      • Demonstrated supplier relationship management experience.
      • Experience in working with business and legal to craft, negotiate and implement Quality/Supply Agreements.
      • Ability to extract and manipulate data from ERP.
      • Ability to present data and metrics through the use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project.
      • Ability to interpret and convey technical aspects of specifications and processes at various phases of product design, development and production.
      • Ability to travel 10-30% domestically and internationally.



      • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related technical degree required.
      • Certified Auditor (CQA) and or Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) preferred.
      • Certified Supply Chain Professional Certifications (CPSM, C.P.M., CPIM, or CSCP) preferred.




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