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Quality Engineer

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Quality Management Systems, non-conformance management, in-coming materials management, validation
Job Code: CB2261

Description:

Cibus is a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing nature's own genetic diversity.

The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. Cibus has a pipeline of traits for canola and rice and is developing crop platforms and a pipeline of trait products in other major global crops including soybean, corn, and wheat. The broad applicability of Cibus’ technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets.

Cibus has an immediate opening for a Quality Engineer (QE). The QE is responsible for interpreting, building upon and complying with company quality standards. This position serves as a primary point of contact and liaison with Commercial, Product Development, and Production departments to ensure that edited traits are produced in compliance with company quality standards. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field and a minimum of 5 years of manufacturing or quality assurance experience.

The successful applicant will play a central role in establishing and implementing our quality system. The QE will implement quality metrics, monitor quality standards, create documentation, devise quality tests, and define the acceptance criteria. The QE will also oversee process and equipment validations.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Establish quality metrics for the trait production process
  • Implement processes to inspect, test and evaluate the reliability of the production processes and equipment
  • Facilitate and manage non-conformance and customer complaint processes
  • Establish process for inspection and testing of incoming material and outgoing product to confirm quality conformance to specifications
  • Assist operations and quality assurance in tracking, documenting, and reporting quality levels as well as environmental and health and safety goals
  • Enable a culture of continuous improvement – collaborate with operations to identify opportunities for improvements to workflow and controls
  • Analyze manufacturing data and reports to identify trends in quality or defects with the goal of mitigating and preventing recurrence and future problems
  • Identify root causes of problems and recommends/implements corrective measures

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in quality, industrial or mechanical engineering or related technical field
  • The candidate must have 5+ years’ experience in manufacturing and 3+ years in quality assurance or similar role
  • Hands on experience with Quality Management Systems
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong root cause analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Experience applying statistical methods to track and identify quality issues
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Visio, JMP or similar statistical software
  • Leads by example and willing to work side-by-side with reports while using positive strategies to establish a professional environment of trust, respect, and collaboration.
  • Has a strong sense of enablement with a demonstrated ability to achieve success through direct and indirect reporting responsibilities.
  • A skilled motivator, capable of influencing at all levels of an organization.
  • Strong proactive communicator with demonstrated success using both oral and written strategies to communicate project status, and direction.
  • An independent problem solver with a demonstrated ability to identify creative solutions to complex challenges and to improve process efficiency.
  • Strong organizational skills and capable of identifying and managing external interactions such as service providers and other collaborations.
  • Capable of achieving success in a dynamic and fast-paced production and/or R&D environment, as well as a strong promoter and implementer of change.
  • Prior experience working in life science or an agricultural biotech and/or plant biology environment is highly desired.

Cibus provides an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision, flexible spending, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. If you enjoy working as part of a team and want to participate in this exciting research, please e-mail resume to and put down job code: CB2261.

ONLY CANDIDATES WITH WORK AUTHORIZATION IN THE U.S. ARE CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME.