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Regional Director Distribution North America in Richmond, Illinois at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 1/8/2019

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Job ID: COR001335

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.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check. 

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Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation used in Anatomical Pathology and Cancer Diagnostics. With continued strong global growth, Leica Biosystems (LBS) is continuing to invest in our Global Supply Chain organization.

The Regional Distribution Director North America will be a member of the Global Supply Chain leadership team, and will have responsibility for inbound and outbound logistics, distribution center operations management and regional trade compliance across the North American region.

This position will be accountable for driving continuous improvement in quality, service and cost year over year. The candidate will drive continued improvement of the LBS customer experience by using the Danaher Business System (DBS) lean tools. They will establish a regional distribution strategy which aligns to the North American business requirements, and ensure successful implementation and sustainment of process improvements.

Leica Biosystems sells a diverse range of Cancer Diagnostics and Pathology instruments and consumables internationally. Ideally the candidate will have proven experience of distribution and logistics management of dangerous goods, instruments, cold chain items through ocean, air, truck and small pack global transportation modes.

This position is considered a growth role within the organization with potential for expanded leadership opportunities. The candidate must have experience developing and managing regional teams. They will be comfortable networking with internal and external stakeholders and partners. They should also be excellent analysts and capable of taking complex data sets and distilling it into actionable information.


A successful candidate can become part of the Danaher Talent funnel with further career opportunities.

Responsibility for regulatory compliance within logistics and distribution operations.
Manage, coach and develop their organization. Improve employee engagement year over year.
Responsible for developing and executing a North American distribution strategy, which will drive optimal customer service, reduce operations costs and improve working capital turns.
Develop business plans for future investments and necessary business changes.
Responsibility for developing and managing logistics and distribution annual budgets.
Management of logistics contracts, payment and monthly accrual processes.
Implement regional logistics platform improvements such as FAP, WMS and TMS.

Main KPIs
Continuously Improve employee engagement
Quality: minimization of product damage, loss and delivery failures
Delivery (OTIF to customer and warehouse fill rate)
Inventory management: Improve stock accuracy,
Optimization of transportation and distribution costs

Job Requirements



  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in Distribution Logistics (North America) is required
  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree is required.
  • A Master of Science, Master of Supply chain or/and MBA preferred
  • Experience as a Global Leader
  • Logistics and warehouse experience is required
  • Manufacturing, sourcing, customer service experience preferred
  • Lean / Six Sigma
  • Use of lean methodology and techniques to improve productivity, reduce cost, improve delivery performance
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with various disciplines and levels within the organization and outside the organization
  • Ability to establish stretch targets, plan, organize, prioritize, and execute initiatives to meet LBS business objectives.
  • Knowledge of best practice distribution, logistics and trade compliance processes
  • Project management, project implementation processes
  • Experience with Excel, Power point, ERP Systems (SAP preferred not a requirement), BW / Qlikview
  • This position will be based in Richmond, IL and may require up to 30% travel both domestic and/or internationally

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.

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.