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Senior Director Research & Development (m/f/d)

  • 9435Heerbrugg
  • Vollzeitstelle

From Eye to Insight
Leica Microsystems (Schweiz) AG ist Teil des internationalen Leica Microsystems Konzerns, einem der weltweit führenden Unternehmen für Mikroskopie- und Labortechnologie. Seit 2005 gehören wir zur erfolgreichen US-amerikanischen Danaher Gruppe. Am Schweizer Standort in Heerbrugg entwickeln und vermarkten wir Operationsmikroskope für medizinische Anwendungen sowie digitale und Stereomikroskope. Die konsequente Weiterentwicklung unserer innovativen Produkte macht Leica Microsystems zu einem erfolgreichen, weltweit agierenden Unternehmen in führender Marktposition.
We currently offer the following position in Heerbrugg:
Senior Director Research & Development (m/f/d)

We are looking for a strategic and capable manager to join us as Senior Director R&D, leading complex matrix teams with 90 R&D associates in Switzerland, Singapore, India and the U.S.

This position will be responsible for leading, managing and strengthening R&D activities across these sites to drive successful delivery of product development for key business segments. The Senior Director R&D needs to create an environment that accelerates innovation and is an ambassador for a multi-disciplinary approach which drives towards sustainable competitive advantage through customer facing innovation.

Senior Director Research & Development (m/f/d)

  • Strategic and operational leading of R&D across the 4 sites, providing technical and organisational know-how
  • Accountable for establishing innovation and technology strategy for our Business Units (BUs) Medical and Applied
  • Develop strong differentiated product roadmaps in conjunction with the BUs
  • Ensure delivery of agreed NPI roadmaps within time, cost and quality standards
  • Focus on attracting and developing talent, building organizational capability and performance
  • Identify and manage large-scale transformation initiatives which will improve cohesive and effectiveness of R&D structure & operations
  • Act as cross-functional mediator between Product Management, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Operations and R&D teams.
  • Partner closely with the IP team to ensure we are proactive and secure patent rights for new and future products
  • Accountable for R&D budget planning and management
  • Master’s Degree in a technical discipline or similar
  • Significant experience in R&D/product development, preferably in medical device industry
  • FDA/compliance experience (Class I and II medical devices) preferred but open to considering individuals with R&D experience from other highly regulated industries
  • Track record leading large innovation teams, preferably across multiple sites
  • Experience in designing product development strategy & managing set of concurrent NPI projects of varying complexities
  • Experience of managing mixed hardware and software development
  • Broad understanding of modern technologies and development processes spanning hardware, firmware and application software including digital technology and augmented reality
  • Proactive and data-driven decision making; results and delivery oriented; ability to perform under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to deal with complexity
  • Fluent in English
  • We offer a diverse position with broad tasks and big responsibility.
  • Leica Microsystems is an equal opportunity employer. We aim for diversity in all departments and on all levels.
  • We want our employees to be successful. Therefore, we support them with internal and external trainings.
  • Flexible Time Management



Are you interested to discover new opportunities in an innovative, team-oriented environment? Then do apply online.

We are looking forward to your application!