Director, Manufacturing – Reagents Value Stream | Illumina

The Director will build manufacturing capability and integrate with related functions and additional manufacturing sites as they are developed. This is a leadership role within the organization and is accountable for driving change, establishing sustainable business processes, improving products, and providing management with actionable business and product data. The position requires exceptionally strong communication, interpersonal and project management skills to effectively coordinate activities and deliver results.


  • Accelerate commercialization into manufacturing
  • Hire management staff and develop methodology to improve processes, document procedures and write required documentation
  • Lead the transfer and release of new products/processes into Manufacturing at multiple locations
  • Effectively coordinate with R&D, Marketing and Supply Chain staff to ensure smooth launches of new manufacturing technology/products
  • Develop methodology to document QC assays, composition and performance specifications, manufacturing control limits, assay performance validation; optimize kit configurations and formulations for products
  • Select and qualify external vendors
  • Analyze and direct cost reduction and quality improvement programs
  • Scale up manual processes into robust automated production/analysis systems
  • Manage operations group budget, completing all goals in a timely manor
  • Minimize scrap expense
  • Develop strategic planning direction; provide implementation guidance and supervision to direct reports for timely, cost effective product support
  • Identifies resource needs and facilitates procurement of resources, resolution of resource conflicts, and business justifications and/or trade-offs related to resource utilization
  • Drives continuous improvement projects to advance processes and capabilities
  • Builds effective, cross-functional teams that accomplish project objectives on a prescribed schedule and with a prescribed budge
  • Advocates strategically and operationally effective solutions to complex problems
  • Establishes and monitors process metrics and develop action plans as needed

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.


  • Experience working in an ISO 13485 or FDA regulated (21 CFR 820) environment is required
  • Strong understanding of GMP.
  • Proven technical management track record
  • Must be able to effectively lead teams
  • Demonstrated success leading diverse groups located in multiple international sites manufacturing consumables products
  • Excellent communications, teamwork and presentation skills
  • Supply chain, document control, and regulatory compliance
  • Able to develop GMP manufacturing processes and operate a GMP environment
  • Experience w/ rapid prototyping, kinematics, dynamics and stress/thermal FEA analysis, opto-mechanical design, DFM, etc.
  • Detail and service oriented individual
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Outlook required
  • Must be very detail oriented.

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


  • Requires Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, may require an advanced degree, in Manufacturing Management, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry or related field
  • 10+ experience managing manufacturing and related site operations functions
  • 5+ years functional or program management experience
  • Broad knowledge of all areas within particular Corporate sub-function or a function within an operation. Typically has depth of technical knowledge in function derived from experience in non-management and middle management roles.
  • Requires high level understanding of markets and sales opportunities for the company‚Äôs products.
  • Typically has 10+ years of applicable management experience as assessed by Illumina Executive Staff

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

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