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Chief Compliance Officer (m/f/d) in Wetzlar, Germany at Leica Microsystems

Date Posted: 1/14/2019

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Job ID: LEI004530

About Us

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the company’s history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming a global enterprise.  Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems’ tradition of innovation, which draws on users’ ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division, and Medical Division. Leica Microsystems has seven major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.

Leica Microsystems, Inc offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. 

Leica Microsystems, 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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Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Compliance Program for Leica Microsystems, to include the following:
    • Responsible for the company’s Compliance Program planning and development functions, ensuring there is a plan designed to meet all Compliance Program requirements, in line with the appropriate regulatory requirements.
    • Promote (a) use of the Compliance Hotline, (b) heightened awareness of Standards of Conduct, and (c) understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
    • Monitor and report results of the compliance/ethics efforts of the platform and provide guidance for senior leadership on matters relating to compliance.
    • Lead special project teams of direct and indirect resources in the areas of channel partner (i.e., distributors) management, global transparency reporting obligations, interactions with healthcare professionals and various other areas of compliance.
  • Act as a strategic business partner for senior leadership on matters of major importance to the company and provide information related to all aspects of the platform’s compliance, including reporting ongoing compliance issues and intentional acts of non-compliance, fraud, waste and abuse.
  • Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provide general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in Legal, Internal Audit, HR, Finance and other core functions in order to direct compliance issues through the appropriate channels for investigation and resolution as well as work towards future improvements as the Compliance Program evolves. 
  • Provide an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that compliance issues/concerns within the platform are appropriately evaluated, investigated, and resolved.
  • Monitor, and as necessary, coordinate compliance activities of other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends.
  • Partner with the appropriate business areas to deliver supplemental compliance training that further amplifies the corporate program, engages employees, and addresses specific needs within the Leica Microsystems.

Functional Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of applicable regulatory and compliance requirements for life sciences company, compliance risk management practices and methodologies, including risk assessment, monitoring/surveillance, and testing activities. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal issues facing global medical device companies including anti-bribery, FCPA, anti-kickback, Medicare fraud and abuse, Sunshine, etc. 
  • Strong project management skills, to include managing and prioritizing multiple concurrent projects, budgeting for the compliance function, and reporting progress and risks to colleagues and senior management.
  • Experience in conducting investigations and managing the entire investigations process, including the management and tracking of the investigation lifecycle and the close-out process.
  • Preferred experience in the medical device or healthcare industry.
  • Preferred experience in developing and maintaining effective lines of communication, including the management of a Compliance Hotline.

Job Requirements


  • Strong relationship management skills: ability to build and maintain productive relationships with leaders of other functional areas within and across the business areas to seek alignment on objectives for the benefit of Leica Microsystems and Danaher Corporation
  • Ability to apply business and technical expertise to identify potential issues and partner with colleagues across Leica Microsystems to help solve problems of significant importance to the company
  • Strong presentation, written and verbal communications skills, ability to act as a change agent through dynamic interactions with others. Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to work in a matrixed, multidisciplinary organization
  • Experience leading teams to establish direction, motivate colleagues and employees, encourage diverse views, and encourage improvement and development
  • Ability to set and monitor program objectives that are aligned with global Danaher Corporation objectives as well as the needs of the Leica Microsystems leadership team and employees
  • Demonstrated ability to make final decisions regarding the resolution of complex regional or functional business problems, independent of popularity of decision
  • Professional maturity and confidence in expressing a point of view with senior management
  • Positive and proactive approach, can-do attitude and a sense of humor


  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree required
  • 8+ years’ experience in the Life Sciences area, including Pharma and/or Medical Device
  • 4+ years’ experience managing people is preferred
  • Masters of Business Administration preferred, Juris Doctor a plus
  • Compliance certifications/credentials preferred

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, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
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