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Cymer, Inc.

Cymer is the leader in developing light sources used by chipmakers worldwide to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, and is pioneering new crystallization tools for the flat panel display industry. We are Leading the Light Generation. Read More

Address      Cymer USA Headquarters 17075 Thornmint Ct. San Diego, CA 92127
Website      www.cymer.com/
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Project Lead

Join Cymer and you will be involved in designing, improving and maintaining the software architecture for a product that defines the limits of invention.  The challenges include running control loops at speeds up to 62 Khz while making sure the architecture supports control loops at speeds up to 100 kHz.  The control loops involve data exchange at similar rates while datal collection for diagnostics purposes is done at up to 1Khz rate.  Our control loops need to talk to actuators so fast that we have adopted EtherCAT technology.  You will be on the team that is defining the interaction between control loops running on quad core boards and platform software that runs on IBM bladecenter.  Data is stored on board in postrgres databases and is shipped via the network to Cymer’s data servers in San Diego.  And we don’t forget safety, the control system has a Siemens PLC to ensure both human safety is ensured and machine damage is prevented.
The primary role of controls Project Lead (PL) is to manage the engineering activities within a Development Program.  This includes but is not limited to creating and tracking schedules, budgets, costs, performance targets, resource plans, and general planning activities for engineering deliverables.  The PL is responsible for ensuring that the proper elements of the Product Development Process (PDP) are known and adhered to across the engineering team, as well as assessing risk and mitigation strategies, highlighting issues and managing their solutions, and coordinating the various development activities to ensure good cross-program communication.

    * Manages the engineering activities within a development program.
    * Creates, tracks, and ensures schedules, budgets, costs, performance targets (specifications), resource plans, manufacturability, reliability, and other general engineering planning activities.
    * Ensures that the PDP is communicated and followed within the program's engineering team.  Provides feedback to on ways to improve the PDP.
    * Manages the effective usage of the Design Review Process within the program's engineering team and facilitate necessary approvals
    * Assesses and highlights risks and develops mitigation plans.
    * Proactively communicates issues and manages the solution paths.
    * Ensures excellent cross-functional communication (through effective meetings, email, and other means) to ensure coordination between Engineering functional areas and other departments.
    * Supports the Program Manager (provides information, fill-in during absence, etc.) as required.
    * Manages the PAR/CAR and change processes when appropriate.
    * Manages the system configuration.
    * Ensures successful completion of module and system-level testing, compliance/reliability testing, life testing,, and any activity required as part of the product's release into manufacturing.
    * Ensures proper documentation is completed for each development activity, and that adequate documentation exists for product manufacturing (test procedures, drawings, BOMs).
    * Performs post-mortem reviews on key developments and drives necessary changes into the PDP or other applicable areas.
    * Interprets, implements, and monitors modifications to department methods, processes and policies that affect multiple work groups.
    * May provide advanced management direction to a complex technical subject matter area.
    * Leads engineering and cross-functional team members consisting of individual contributors and managers to create and execute product development schedules in compliance with corporate roadmaps, Business and Development (PDP) guidelines, and Program Manager/Executive guidance on projects.  Expedites development process as required to achieve approved program plans.
    * Establishes technical design path and verifies design paths by planning and facilitating design reviews to gain Engineering and CTO Management approval.
    * Responsible for creation of Engineering documentation and specifications from component to product level for assigned projects.
    * Provides input and plans for program related expense to the Program Manager for Program budget development and forecasting.  Owns budget management as assigned by the Program Manager.
    * Validates product design performance and product design quality/reliability at system level with System Scientist and validates product design performance and product design quality/reliability at module/sub-assembly/component level with Responsible Engineers.
    * Drives development team to meet cost and reproducibility goals.  Supports new product introduction to manufacturing by providing production process design requirements, test documentation, and problem solving.
    * Contributes to the creation of Product Specifications and shares customer Product Specification approval with Marketing and System Engineering leads.  Supports customer technical communications and specification negotiations.  Responsible for product documentation release.
    * Establishes System Specifications with System Engineer and establishes Modules/Sub-system requirements with Modules/Sub-system leads.
    * Manages program allocated product development laser resources.  Schedules laser utilization across all laser use customers.  Plans and drives laser maintenance and upgrades as required supporting the program plans and maximizing system uptime. Coordinates Test Engineers and Technicians to execute prioritized program tasks and supports task execution as required.
    * Creates presentations as required to support internal and external program reviews.
    * Performs other duties as assigned.


    * Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    * Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
    * Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.
    * Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
    * Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, motivate, mentor, and lead team resources.
    * Ability to solve problems and implement solutions to complex problems with available resources.
    * Ability to access and plan staffing requirements for projects and technical/non-technical qualifications/capabilities of staff members.
    * Ability to lead and manage engineering teams to successfully meet their commitments.
    * Sufficient technical knowledge and experience to be able to communicate effectively with the engineering teams, and to check/review their plans and progress.
    * Excellent organizational, reasoning, planning, and motivational skills.
    * Excellent problem-solving techniques.
    * Ability to effectively convey information in graphical and chart formats.
    * Good meeting practices (proper attendance, agendas, start/stop times, minutes, actions, follow-through).
    * Self-starter; self-motivator; willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
    * Ability to plan development expenses over a quarter to quarter period and track expenses.
    * Ability to adapt processes to improve inefficiencies and accelerate product development.
    * Excellent decision making skills and business judgment.
    * Understanding of escalation utilization.
    * Ability to define and track short and long-term goals and resources.
    * Ability to access and project design cost.
    * Understanding of engineering control, control rules, and tools.
    * Ability to read and optimize engineering documentation.
    * Strong organization skills.
    * Ability to analyze and communicate complex data using statistical tools.
    * Ability to plan and execute experiments (DOE).
    * Ability to construct and release Bills of Materials and associated documentation.


    * Requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering field (EE, ME prefered) or related techincal degree.
    * A minimum of eight (8) years total development experience with five (5) years previous Engineering experience as individual contributor followed by a minimum of three (3) years project management experience leading complex technical projects/activities.
    * Product development experience utilizing phase gate or similar product development process guidelines preferred.
    * Experience using Configuration Control tools such as Agile, preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    * While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
    * The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.
    * The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
    * May require travel dependent on business needs.
    * Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
    * Can work under deadlines.
    * The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
    * Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
    * Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
    * Can learn and apply new information or skills.

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