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Danaher Corporation Head of Software Development – Life Science (d/f/m) in Wetzlar, Germany

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.

Leica Microsystems is one of the market leaders in the fields of microscopy, imaging, and analysis. We reveal the invisible and empower our customers to create a better and healthier world. Together with our customers, we transform scientific discovery. We empower surgeons to take well-informed decisions in life-changing procedures. We enable users to gain insights which help answer key questions concerning development and engineering. All of this is achieved with the combination of cutting-edge microscopes and AI-based image analysis.

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 currently offer the following position in our office in Wetzlar and Mannheim which will be hybrid.

Head of Software Development – Life Science (d/f/m)

Do you enjoy working in a highly innovative environment? Would you like to be part of a company that makes a difference to scientists, engineers, surgeons, and even to humanity as a whole? Come and lead a dedicated international team to new heights for our product and system solutions in compound and confocal microscopy.


  • Responsible for cross-site technological software development activities

  • Lead an organization of 60+ people, ensuring their engagement and development

  • Provide project content, timelines, financial planning, and resources via project management

  • Ensure the development of software and system solutions within the scope of projects, considering current trends and customer requirements

  • Define the strategic goals for your area of responsibility and ensure their execution

  • Drive activities in line with future technology requirements and trends to secure our development capabilities

  • Ensure the support of adjacent functions regarding our product and technology development


  • You have a technical or scientific degree alongside numerous years of experience in software development, project work as well as people management

  • You have the ability to lead and motivate your team and you are experienced in managing managers

  • You have a very good understanding of software development for complex scientific instruments including programming and system design

  • You are customer orientated, possess good communication skills and a good understanding of the business contexts

  • You are fluent in English with a good understanding of German


  • An attractive salary and pension package

  • A wide range of (virtual) training opportunities to grow skills in a huge variety of fields: e.g. languages, technology, time management, the Danaher Business System, etc.)

  • Modern virtual work in an exciting international environment - with a German and American corporate cultures

  • A great team with engaged colleagues

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.


Learn more about what we do and who we are by watching our company video “We Are Leica”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHmalqMXN4

Are you interested to discover new opportunities in an innovative, team-oriented environment? Then do apply online.

We are looking forward to your application!

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