Director Industry Product Management (m/f) in Heerbrugg, Switzerland at Leica Microsystems

Date Posted: 4/15/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: MAR000303

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 six manufacturing facilities in five countries, with sales and service organizations in 20 countries. The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.


  • Identify customer pain points in collaboration with Application teams and translate into product ideas in collaboration with Leica’s R&D teams

  • Conduct competitor’s product analysis

  • Create Business plans for development projects that translate product ideas into saleable solutions

  • Support the verification and conduct validation of new products along the development process

  • Make new products available for launch

  • Support platform innovation by:

    • align software platform development direction with Industry Strategic targets.

    • drive software ergonomics – fit of SW user interface to Industry specific customer needs

  • Perform overall launch coordination with Regions (software release for customers w/ and w/o PC, dongle, downloads, etc.)

  • Drive quality of software beyond stability

  • Implement new software specific processes on PM side

  • Identify connectivity needs of Leica solutions

  • Provide design input for interface solutions

  • Establish network to outside partners that could support hardware or software development

  • Positon Leica as a driver and goal standard for connectivity

  • Identify VAVE opportunity and create/maintain VAVE funnel

  • Reduce product complexity

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor Degree in life science, bio-informatics, engineering or business administration

  • Preferred: MBA

  • 5-7 years proven experience in Product Management of Digital Solutions in the Measurement or Quality Assurance area

  • Demonstrated success in leading innovation project, launch and commercialization of products

  • Proficient in English and German desirable (spoken & written), other languages (is a plus)

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