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Senior Manager, Software Engineering

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0001212 Date posted 11/29/2018

Job Description Summary

The Senior Manager, Software Engineering will lead and manage the Software Development team for new product development within STEMCELL’s Instrumentation Business Unit. The position has full responsibility for managing the software development on multiple new product development projects, resolving resource allocation, quality and timeline issues, reporting on progress and planning future group development and activities with senior management. The Senior Manager is also responsible for leading and developing the Software Development team and introducing new technology, architectures, competencies, processes, tools and regulatory requirements to drive the delivery of the product development program and product quality. The role requires close interaction with other groups within STEMCELL Technologies while bringing software development skill, knowledge and creativity to the team along with the discipline to deliver results.

This is an exciting opportunity to deliver advanced lab automation instruments to STEMCELL's new and existing customers worldwide. You will lead a dynamic Software Development team designing, improving and expanding our range of new innovative instruments. As Canada’s largest biotechnology company, STEMCELL Technologies Inc. delivers leading edge instrument and reagent solutions that drive our customers' research at the forefront of science. This role provides an opportunity to lead an innovative software design team delivering products that enable groundbreaking work by our customers and maintain our leadership presence in the life sciences industry.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Consult with Senior Engineers, managers and stakeholders to set the approach and direction of the Software development team and lead the development activities to deliver high quality user interface, database and control software for STEMCELL’s instrumentation products which incorporate robotics, automation, imaging and liquid handling based on both in-house and third party technology.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders including User representatives, Sales and Marketing departments to define and analyse requirements across multiple product development projects and lead the architectural design with the Software team, approving design specifications and test plans and reviewing project execution ensure they deliver within schedule, quality and cost constraints.

  • Manage and mentor the Software team developing skills, capabilities, technology and tools, facilitating continuous improvement in design practices and processes and ensure availability of appropriately competent personnel for all planned activities.

  • Drive improvements to software development policies and procedures, define development practices in alignment with STEMCELL’s Quality Management System (QMS) and good practice, introduce new regulatory requirements and manage the software development, production and deployment infrastructure.

  • Drive in-depth analysis to identify and resolve complex issues and risks, failure modes and bottlenecks and focus on continuous improvement to achieve quality standards, meet project milestones, minimize costs and increase performance.

  • Drive research into innovative techniques, methodologies and capabilities to advance product development and lifecycle management as well as strategies for improvements.

  • Contribute to departmental goal and budget setting, recommending revisions to company and departmental policies and procedures.  


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or similar field with a minimum of 11 years of experience or a Master’s degree with 7+ years of relevant experience.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing embedded system design and development projects through the full lifecycle with experience in the life sciences area an asset.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in managing functional teams, developing skills and competencies and improving processes and tools.

  • Familiar with regulatory requirements and quality system standards including ISO 13485:2016, lifecycle management (IEC 62304) and cybersecurity. Experience with medical device and higher compliance requirements  (e.g. 21 CFR 820/11) is an asset.

  • Ability to coach, lead and develop software engineering teams.

  • Experience with best practices for software design including standard applications for engineering design and version control such as: Integrated development environment (VisualStudio); Object-oriented programing languages (C#, Java and/or Delphi); Scripting languages (Javascript or Python); C/C++ programing in multi-threading environment; Version control system (GitHub); OpenCV, XML; Databases (SQL, SQLite, MySQL)

  • Experience of automation including robotic and imaging systems for laboratory or clinical application.

  • Demonstrated project management and project planning experience using waterfall and agile methodologies and coordinating projects with varying deadlines.

  • Must have excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation.

  • Must be able to interact effectively with User representatives, Quality, Regulatory, Information Systems, Administration and Management personnel as well as external contractors.

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

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