Director of IT Enterprise Solutions in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 8/29/2019

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Job ID: SEL001749

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 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.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check.
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The Director of IT Enterprise Solutions manages staff responsible for working with line of business management to define the business, financial, and operational requirements of new systems. This position collaborates in the planning, design, development and deployment of new systems, and enhancements to existing systems.  
  • Leads the development and ongoing refresh of business related IT strategy for the function of multiple functions.
  • Serves as the key point of contact for overall IT needs of the function or multiple functions.
  • Proactively identifies areas of opportunity to apply IT to new business opportunities.
  • Recommends changes to existing products or services to better aide the end user.
  • Enhances business processes, operations, information process flow, and cost efficiencies.
  • Identifies and resolves issues with existing systems, and determines ways of leveraging existing systems for new requirements.  
  • Acts as a trusted advisor to the business.
  • Oversees the end-to-end integration of software components to support the effective and efficient delivery of services across the Company.
  • Oversees the performance of production environments and is responsible for ensuring maximum issue resolution in minimum time.
  • Works directly with vendors on equipment and software purchases, as well as support and maintenance contracts.
  • Develops and implements IT processes in asset management, change management, incident management, and configuration management.
  • Identifies, plans, schedules, prioritizes, organizes, manages and reports on the tasks and resources required to accomplish defined objectives of specific manufacturing, materials, logistics distribution, finance, commercial and/or operational projects.
  • Ensures adherence to IT SOX controls.
  • Provides leadership and expertise to one or more enterprise business and commercial systems.
  • Provides leadership in the technical assessment, selection, and implementation of new technologies.
  • Provides leadership and supervision to those responsible for developing and implementing Information Technology initiatives that support the strategic objectives of the Company.  
  • Demonstrates leadership through development and mentoring of staff, responsiveness to business needs and motivation of diverse, cross-functional teams, including influencing both internal and external members to achieve positive business results. 
  • Provides leadership needed to instill a team-oriented, client-driven, and results-driven team.
  • Plans and organizes global workloads and staff assignments and reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Responsible for direct reports and accomplishing work through outside resources.
Financial Management 
  • Participates in departmental strategic and budgetary planning processes.
  • Assists in preparation of IT departmental budget.
  • Assures assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget and performs cost control activities. 
  • Monitors revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control. 
  • Ensures effective and efficient use of budget funds, personnel materials, facilities and time.
  • Determines feasibility, cost, time required and compatibility with current systems.
  • Plans, prepares, and manages budget, and assists in budgetary planning and cost based analysis for outsourcing opportunities.
Project Management
  • Oversees project communications.
  • Ensures that projects can deliver the benefits outlined in business cases and meets reasonable expectations.
  • Establishes and directs the policies and procedures for project management methodology and defining, testing, and installing the Information Technology initiatives based upon the user-defined business requirements.
  • Provides the necessary supporting documentation for the appropriate business units to evaluate, prioritize and determine the cost effectiveness of Information Technology initiatives.
  • Provides an effective liaison between the business units and IT department, as well as external vendors providing IT related services.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range global goals and plans.
  • Gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations. 
  • Guides and mentors team members in the utilization of project management.
Internal Client Support
  • Responsible for client satisfaction, adoption and ROI for systems and processes.
  • Responsible for communication and education for assigned business unit, including training employees on applications, databases and operating systems.
  • Proactively identifies training and development requirements of the appropriate business unit. 
  • Provides end user support.
  • Provides advice on evaluation, selection, implementation and maintenance of information technology, ensuring appropriate investment in strategic and operational systems, including negotiation of IT acquisition contracts.
  • Provides professional advice to supervisors and makes presentations to various levels of the Company.
  • Provides responsive advice, education and service to the company concerning IT issues/trends.  
  • Provides pertinent information to IT management in order to ensure effective decision making. 
  • Ensures that the gathering, processing, distribution and use of information occurs in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner through ongoing review and education programs.
  • Promotes and oversees relationships between IT resources and external organizational functional areas.
  • Identifies, plans, schedules, prioritizes, organizes, manages and reports tasks and resources required to accomplish defined objectives of specific manufacturing, materials, logistics, distribution, finance, product life cycle and/or operational projects.
Quality Assurance and Testing 
  • Defines, develops and implements quality assurance practices and procedures, end user test plans, and other quality assurance assessments.
  • Designs and documents workflow and makes appropriate recommendations that will positively impact operational effectiveness. 
  • Ensures that all tests are conducted and documented according to standards agreed upon by the appropriate Business Unit and the IT Department.
  • Ensures that all documentation accurately reflects the current status of changes and outstanding issues so that business requirements reflect application features and functions.
  • Ensures that all items follow the change management process and are entered and tracked through the appropriate software.
  • Ensures continuing operational quality by documenting bug fixes and enhancements, assigning tasks to developers and testing and releasing updates.
  • Ensures that Validation policies and procedures are followed and maintained. 
General Skills/Competencies/Specialized Knowledge
  • Technical Skills – Extensive knowledge of integrated enterprise resource applications with a concentration in manufacturing, supply chain, materials, logistics, product life cycle and/or finance and operations required. Knowledge of electronic commerce principles and practices. Knowledge of information technology and integrated enterprise resource applications, including all modules (extensive financial experience required). Working knowledge of electronic commerce principles and practices.
  • Communication 
  • Interpersonal Skills 
  • Initiative 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Decision Making 
  • Strategic Agility 
  • Adaptability 
  • Trust and Integrity 
  • Teamwork 
  • Motivating Others 
  • Negotiation/Influence 
  • Leadership 
  • Managing Others 
  • Customer Orientation 
  • Global/Business Perspective 
  • Financial Management 
  • Project Management 
  • Hardware/Software Knowledge – Data processing methods and procedures, computer software systems, equipment and software characteristics of various computer systems, system features and integration capabilities. System design and development process including requirements analysis, feasibility studies, software design, programming, pilot testing, installation evaluation and operational management.
  • Healthcare Industry Knowledge – Understanding of key business issues that exist in the medical device and healthcare industries, i.e. health care economics and trends, state and local laws, regulatory requirements. Ability to support systems in a complex health care environment. Link and apply complex technologies to business strategies.
  • Computer Skills – Experience with SAP and SFDC preferred. Working knowledge of Progress databases and programming languages. Proficient computer system based tools including Microsoft Office applications, presentation, e-mail, web browsers and spreadsheet software.

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 10 years of IT experience in a manufacturing, supply chain, commercial, diagnostics, or healthcare industry required.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience managing people, projects and budgets required.
  • Experience with SAP preferred.
  • Experience with SFDC preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Information Technology, MIS, Business Administration, or closely related field equivalent required.
  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time; both domestic and international travel is required.
  • Typical work related travel assignments range 1-2 weeks and as such overnight, out-of-town and/or country stays are required.
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, dental, 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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