Industrial Engineer (Mid-Level) at Zymergen
Emeryville, CA, US
Our Industrial Engineering group is expanding given the large number of projects that need to be delivered over the course of 2017, to implement improvement opportunities to production processes and systems in time to increase throughput and reduce turnaround. The group currently does not have the capacity to support all the needs of Ops given the backlog of projects. We are looking to hire someone in Q1 or early Q2.

The IE group is responsible for identifying optimization opportunities in the production system, and applying industrial engineering approaches to eliminate waste, increase throughput, and enable rapid turnaround. The current areas of focus are:

1.) Supporting the implementation of Operation workflow management and materials resource systems to track actual performance and monitor the health of the factory. This includes cycle time management, work in process (WIP) level control, inventory tracking and consumption.

2.) Process characterization for strain engineering and testing, and supporting the process owners (i.e., scientists) in experimental design and interpretation of the data.

3.) Derive and maintain simulation model inputs.

This person will report to the VP, Engineering & Operations. The IE group is expected to expand significantly over the next 2-3 years given the planned large scale expansion for the Production facility. Candidate will have the opportunity to participate in planning the expansion as well as optimizing current processes to ensure most efficient production system is designed and implemented. Strong performers have significant opportunities for personal growth, skills development and role expansion, both technical and managerial.

Upon integration into the team, this person will be introduced to our production facility (several in person/online training sessions), its processes and team leaders over the course of the first month. In addition, this person will be learning about the production facility by observing the work being done, working with the operators to understand their routine and identifying areas to improve the processes.

In parallel, this person will start on 1-2 projects and “learn on the job” while working with an experienced industrial engineer in the group. Over time (3-6 months), the candidate is expected to gain fuller independence working with process owners, identifying improvement opportunities and resolving issues.

Must have a Bachelor's Degree, Industrial Engineering is ideal but we are open to different backgrounds, as long as the candidate has industrial engineering experience. We are looking for someone who works independently and is on an upward progression in his/her career, is curious and continuously develops himself/herself.

Top “must haves” for role:

(1) Discrete event simulation experience; Simio software preferred.

(2) Must have data analysis skills and statistics background.

(3) Zymergen uses JMP but we are open to experience with R, Matlab, MiniTab, or other similar software (we will train on JMP if another tool is knows; but must know another tool). If the candidate has been in the industry for a while, we would want someone to have some level of SQL proficiency.

(4) They should have experience with large tables (ex. 50 columns x 10,000 rows is considered small here. 100 columns and 1,000,000 rows is typical).

(5) Must have systems-focused Industrial engineering experience in addition to process-focused experience. (6) Must have experience in getting data out of LIMS-like or MES-like systems. Does not need to design or model an MES, but must know how to get data out of it.

Data exploration and visualization and SQL proficiency are nice-to-have.

Top personality trait: person must be able to coach others, engage with process owners, and interface with people. Must have EQ to work with people. We would like someone with strong statistics background with lean manufacturing and six sigma experience. Black Belt is ideal. Process owners are at the Green Belt level. Candidate needs to be mentoring people who are Green Belt level.

JMP experience is beneficial to have but we are open to other types of statistical software experience like MiniTab. We would like someone to demonstrate past work to help the supervisors to manage their tool use more effectively by building a system to collect the data, integrate the data, and search the data and automate reports using the data. Candidate needs not only to design and develop tools but also interface with the people who execute processes.

Masters in Industrial Engineering is a nice-to-have.

This is an exciting time in the expansion of Zymergen, where a new person will have the opportunity to both be involved in the process improvements with process owners, as well as the expansion of the production facility. Best practice Industrial Engineering principles from the automotive and semiconductor industries have not yet been applied in our operation. The candidate will have the opportunity to significantly impact the future of our operation.

The company has highly motivated, smart scientists, engineers and laboratory staff with a passion for using technology and software in biology. It is a very analytical environment with cross-functional teams working together to solve new problems. Input from a variety of perspective is sought after and appreciated. It is also a fund working environment where people are engaged and driven.