Chemical Quality Engineer
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Ankeny, IA

About $70,000 - $100,000 a year

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In Ankeny, Iowa teams from various disciplines develop, design, test and analyze highly complex product prototypes. This includes device prototypes as well as new developments in the field of reagents and chemical-biological consumables. Our goal is to provide our customers with the tools to support their analytical work in molecular biology and quality control laboratories at the highest level. We strive for high product quality by integrating controls early in the design and development process.

The Ankeny site is seeking a qualified engineer for the capillary electrophoresis advanced product line with a strong chemical engineering background centered toward bioreagents. The preferred candidate will have fundamental experience with hardware engineering and software technical knowledge. This position will be instrumental in developing new products as well as supporting the product quality department. The individual will be a key technical contributor in the design/delivery of new programs/solutions. Must be able to solve complex, high impact program/project design problems with moderate guidance.

Improves Agilent product quality in early development phase together with our biologists/chemists as well as the hardware developers (mechanics, electronics, firmware)
Acts as key technical contributor in New Product Introduction (NPI) and/or Current Product Engineering (CPE) projects, ensuring product development and changes meet Agilent quality standards, regulatory requirements, and customer quality expectations
Compiles required documentation for product lifecycle phase gate process
Interacts with Enterprise Regulatory Affairs and other business groups as necessary to clarify global regulatory requirements
Provides engineering guidance, expertise and active support to the Biomolecular Systems & Solutions (BSS) business unit and their manufacturing sites so that BSS products are developed and manufactured in conformance with required laws, regulations and standards
Defines and plans quality tests (hardware/software) to meet the high requirements of our products (performance, robustness, reliability, statistical evaluation, technical regulations) supported by an experienced test team
Leads and drives improvements and provides specialist quality-related services to R&D, manufacturing engineering, production, procurement and others
Reviews product and process quality data to explore product and process improvement opportunities
Develops and delivers product and process training as necessary