Systems Test Lead (automated electro-mechanical instruments) in Vista, California at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 9/27/2019

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Job ID: PAT000560

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.


Position Summary and Overview:
The Systems Test Lead is responsible for identifying and implementing Verification and Validation (V&V) strategies and activities for Aperio scanner products and their external interfaces. The scanner is an automated high precision digital scanner for capturing high magnification/resolution images from pathological samples. The testing activity involves V&V of the embedded software, software applications for the device as well as hardware in the loop testing of the device.  
This role will work with the Test Manager, R&D Project Managers, other Test Leads and Systems Engineers within Leica to define hardware/software requirements with an emphasis on verifiability/testability and verify/validate software and systems in line with the required user needs and System, Quality and Regulatory requirements. Furthermore, he/she will work with design engineers to improve verifiability/testability of the system design.
This role will lead small offshore V&V Teams in India to satisfy delivery objectives and priorities associated with on-going product maintenance and new product development. They will drive continuous improvement through application of Danaher internal tools and guidelines.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead LBS V&V teams for Aperio scanner products
  • Act as primary liaison between US based and offshore teams, ensuring clear communication and timely follow through on any deliverables.
  • Review and analysis of product requirements. Decomposing system requirements into a comprehensive test plan clearly traceable to those system requirements. This would include a combination of hardware and software tests.
  • Approve, Author and Review of Test Cases and Procedures. Review the tests developed by the test engineers to ensure the tests are repeatable, comprehensive, correct, and have clear and objective pass/fail criteria.
  • Author Test Strategies, Plans and Test Reports for medium to large projects
  • Manage the set up and maintenance of various test environments to ensure proper coverage throughout V&V phases. Responsible to ensure the test environment is sufficient to execute the tests and meets the environmental requirements specified in the tests
  • Ensure QSM processes are adhered to throughout the product development cycle.
  • Work with team to ensure issues found in test are logged and escalated appropriately.
  • Provide clear summary of test results and issues to Management.
  • Mentor test teams in their responsibilities.
Personality Traits
  • Must be highly motivated and have strong technical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to tackle and solve problems; make decisions based on reviewing and analyzing a wide variety of information using a logical, systematic, sequential approach. 
  • The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen cooperation and teamwork partnerships with associates inside or outside the organization, who can provide information, assistance, and support that work toward solutions. 
Problem solving
  • Applies and improves extensive or in-depth specialized knowledge, skills, and judgment to accomplish a result or to accomplish one's job effectively.
  • Proven mentoring and leadership skills as well as communication skills (written/oral).

Job Requirements


  • A minimum of 5+ years’ experience in Systems Software/Hardware Testing including the application of test processes throughout the SDLC.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Computer Science, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering) or equivalent is required.
  • Prior experience in leading a test team with demonstrated ability to manage team through influence and leadership skills.
  • Experience in testing automated electro-mechanical instruments
  • Work related experience of 2+ years in the management of staff numbering in excess of 3 persons
  • Experience in testing optical instruments is a plus
  • Experience in working with international teams on projects.
  • Experience in Agile development processes and methodologies.
  • Experience with ALM/test case management software such as Quality Center or SpiraTeam.
  • Experience with test bed management software and deployment utilities such as VMWARE, Acronis, or Ghost
  • Experience in use of test automation tools e.g. Selenium, Test Complete.
  • Experience with Oscilloscope, logic analyzer or other similar measurement tools
  • ISTQB foundation certification or equivalent is a plus
  • Experience in the Medical Device/IVD or other regulated environments with exposure to design control regulations is highly preferred
  • Experience in white or grey box testing is a plus
  • Experience in motion control, camera interface and communication protocols is a plus
  • Experience in programming languages, specially C++
This position is located in Vista, California and may require up to 10% travel
Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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.
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