Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality in Vista, California at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 10/23/2019

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Job ID: PAT000588

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems Imaging, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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This is a senior management position based in Vista, CA, assisting the director with driving regulatory and quality activities for Leica’s cancer diagnostic/pathology imaging business.  Will provide leadership to the Imaging Solutions business via continuous improvement of quality and regulatory systems to ensure customer’s expectations for compliance, reliability and national & international standards are met.  Provides leadership and direction through managers and senior professional staff.   Responsible for growth and development of all QRA associates.  Accountable for the performance of the organization including on-time-delivery and effectiveness of registrations/submissions and compliance of quality system(s).  

Major Responsibilities 
  • Leadership of the Imaging Solutions QRA team at the Vista, CA and Dublin, Ireland sites.  
  • Serve as a member of the Imaging Solutions leadership team.
  • Develop strategies and plans for regulatory clearance/approval of imaging technologies intended for cancer diagnostics in the anatomic pathology market.   Lead negotiations with the US FDA through the pre-submission and 510(k) or PMA process.  In conjunction with global regulatory experts, develop strategies for approvals in desired markets (e.g. EU, China, etc.) 
  • Manage, coordinate and represent the Imaging Solutions business in GMP and other quality system audits. Strive for strong audit outcomes and zero audit findings. 
  • Maintain and drive CAPAs as needed to address Quality and Regulatory gaps. 
  • Maintain and report metrics for PPM and Customer Complaints, ensuring customer quality focus for on-market products. 
  • Maintain and drive site-specific compliance trainings on monthly basis and drive quarterly Quality Management Reviews with the site Leadership team.
  • Accountable for the performance and results of the QRA organization, including: quality system compliance and effectiveness, regulatory strategies and submissions, relationships with regulators, and effective partnership across Leica departments and sites.
  • Develops strategies and plans to meet performance objectives of the organization.  Effectively delegates initiatives and tasks.
  • Lead and develop the Imaging Systems QRA team according to the Danaher Leadership Anchors (e.g. Charts the Course, Builds Teams, Drives Innovation, Acts with Integrity).   Responsible for developing associates through continuous development planning (D4G); drive successful and measurable employee engagement.
  • Manage timelines, budgets and resource allocation according to requirements of the business.
  • Effectively use Danaher Business System (DBS) tools to drive continuous improvement.

Job Requirements


Education/ Skills/Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, medical, or technical field and 8+ years’ experience with increasing responsibility in medical device QA/RA, or 
  • Graduate degree in engineering, science, medical, or technical field and 5+ years’ experience with increasing responsibility in medical device QA/RA.
  • Graduate-level education (M.S., Ph.D) in bioengineering highly preferred.
  • Regulatory experience in pathology imaging, In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) imaging, or other related products preferred
  • Related experience includes 5+ years managing people 
  • Must have experience managing medical device quality systems in compliance with US FDA regulations (21 CFR) and ISO 13485.  
Required Competencies 
  • Proven track-record of leading successful regulatory clearances/approvals with regulatory agencies (FDA, Health Canada).   
  • Proven regulatory affairs leadership; RAC certification highly desirable
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal/written/presentation/relationship building) with ability to work collaboratively with customers, cross-functional project teams and regulators. 
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • High level of initiative, self-motivation and energy.
  • Reliable and responsive.
  • Customer focused
  • High level of integrity

Travel % of Travel, include approximate overnight stays per week
  • Travel expectations for this role is low (15-25%)

  • This role is based at the Vista, California office.
Diversity & Inclusion
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Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
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