Leica Microsystems

Director Global Direct Sourcing (d/f/m)

Leica Microsystems

Management, Beratung

For over 170 years, Leica Microsystems has helped shape the future by developing groundbreaking optical and digital solutions. As a global leader, we’re driven by continuous improvement to excite our customers and to create the best work environment for our people. Customer focus, innovation, and teamwork are at the core of our culture and the foundation of our success.

Want to be part of a company whose products are part of cutting-edge research around the world? Join Leica Microsystems in our commitment for brilliant solutions and insight.

Leica Microsystems is one of 10 Life Sciences companies of Danaher. Together, we accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of solutions that safeguard and improve human health.

We are looking for you in the area of Operations in Mannheim or Wetzlar in a hybrid model with 2 days home office as :

** Director Global Direct Sourcing (d/f/m)**

Come and join a fantastic team!

In this responsible role, you will be directly responsible for the local purchasing strategy for Leica's production sites in Mannheim and Wetzlar and will also be responsible for managing the purchasing strategy at the production site in Singapore. You will work with your team to develop reliable suppliers, ensuring the supply of materials while meeting the given quality and delivery targets, while reducing the costs associated with procurement. In this position, you will report directly to the Vice President Global Operations.


  • Define the purchasing strategy for each commodity group, taking into account the strategic guidelines developed by Leica and Danaher.
  • Initiating innovation projects and analysing commodity category technology trends, leading global strategic initiatives to secure the long-term supply of materials, contributing to global Danaher initiatives in the field of direct sourcing.
  • Analysing and optimising the supplier base by selecting new suppliers and developing existing ones with a focus on quality, delivery performance and costs.
  • Independent negotiation and agreement of contracts as well as execution of annual price negotiations and implementation of the necessary supply contracts.
  • Carrying out a regular supplier evaluation in cooperation with scheduling and quality assurance, including the implementation of material relocations / supplier changes.
  • Analysis of all cost elements of the purchased products/services in order to optimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as management of purchase price differences and savings projects.
  • Planning, management and evaluation of employees as well as development of the team.
  • Preparation of reports and preparation of purchasing-relevant data for system maintenance according to process specifications.


  • Completed economics or technical studies or comparable training
  • Many years of professional experience in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier management, ideally further experience along the supply chain including material planning for production
  • International leadership experience as well as experience in project management
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing/product and logistics of the entire supply chain as well as expertise in contract management
  • Very good knowledge of SAP R/3 modules MM/PP as well as very good Excel skills
  • Fluent in English and German
  • Willingness to travel 30-40%

At Leica Microsystems we believe in designing a better, more sustainable workforce. We recognize the benefits of flexible, hybrid working arrangements for eligible roles and are committed to providing enriching careers, no matter the work arrangement. This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement in which you can work part of the time at the Company location identified above and part of the time remotely from your home. Additional information about this hybrid work arrangement will be provided by your interview team. Explore the flexibility and challenge that working for Leica Microsystems can provide.


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Are you interested to discover new opportunities in an innovative, team-oriented environment?

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When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

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