Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, the company is represented in over 100 countries with 6 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, sales and service organizations in 20 countries and an international network of dealers.
Working for Leica Microsystems means “Living up to life”. Our claim distills the essential elements of our brand vision into a concise motivational message. It stands for the values that guide us, our scientific spirit, the high standards we set for ourselves, our enthusiasm and ambition.
It also stands for life at the microstructure level that is the focus of the passionate work of our users; the secrets of that life are the impetus for fascinating research projects and patient day-to-day scientific work.
"Living up to Life" expresses our goal to make a decisive contribution to our customers’ efforts and meet the shared challenge in our respective professional lives with dedication.
I have worked for Leica Microsystems’ sales organization in Southern Europe for about 11 years. I am currently carrying out a double role: in the sales service and the industrial application support. I am part of a team of five people working in close contact to Customer Care to sell and renew service contracts to our customers. Together with nine colleagues we are covering industrial applications supporting our sales team – from software based solutions to confocal systems for material analysis. Our company was a pioneer in the optical industry from its founding – and the brand Leica still is a synonym for quality.
The cooperation and relationships between people, customers’ perception about our world known brand and still changing new opportunities make my job challenging and interesting every day.
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.
The Life Science Division supports the imaging needs of the scientific community with advanced innovation and technical expertise for the visualization, measurement and analysis of microstructures. Our strong focus on understanding scientific applications puts Leica Microsystems’ customers at the leading edge of science.
The Industry Division’s focus is to support customers’ pursuit of the highest quality end result by providing the best and most innovative imaging systems for their needs to see, measure and analyze the microstructures in routine and research industrial applications, in materials science and quality control, in forensic science investigations, and educational applications.
The Surgical Division’s aim is to partner with and support micro-surgeons and their care of patients with the highest-quality, most innovative surgical microscope technology today and into the future.
I had heard about Leica Camera and their tremendously good quality before I applied for a job at Leica Microsystems back in 1989. I started in Customer Care, and after a family-break between 1993 and 1997 I returned to my workplace. I have supported sales and service contracts and covered all segments: Research, Clinical, Nanotechnology, Biosystems, Medical and Industry. But my main interest has been confocal microscopy, so I supported this sales and service team for more than ten years now.
In the meantime, I became Senior Customer Care co-ordinator followed by Customer Care Team Leader. As for the Leica products it is great to be associated with. The variation of customers and products along with the different business units keep me focused and interested. The Customer Care team in the UK is a great team to be part of.
When you apply online for a job at Leica Microsystems you will receive a confirmation e-mail. It is therefore important that you give us the correct e-mail address. Your application will be saved in our database. Once the last application date is passed all candidates will be evaluated in relation to the demands of the position. The candidates considered to be most suitable for the position will be called by HR for an interview.
The hiring manager carries out the introductory round of interviews, in which the candidate’s professional profile is assessed. After the first round of interviews, the most suitable candidates are called back for a second interview.
At the second interview, several people, e.g. manager and future colleagues, will often interview you.
As a final step in the process there can be a 3rd round of interviews with the hiring manager’s manager.
For managerial positions our HR function may also carry out a personal profile and psychometric assessment during the process. The link is sent to the candidates via e-mail and the tests can be completed online and should take about two hours of your time and appraises topics such as your working style and the situations in which you perform best. The purpose of this is to ensure the best possible fit between the candidate and Leica Microsystems also considering your future aspirations.
For Sales positions our HR function may also carry out a Sales Aptitude Test for those who have been short-listed in the first stage of our recruitment process. This test should not take any longer than 45 minutes of your time.
Based on the interviews and personal profiling, the department manager, together with Human Resources, will offer a position at Leica Microsystems to the most suitable candidate.
All candidates will receive a response when the recruitment process is completed. The information received from unsuccessful candidates is stored for the length of time allowed by local law and regulations.
As a part of the Danaher Corporation, Leica Microsystems can offer all the career options of a global corporation. Danaher is a Fortune 200, NYSE-listed, science and technology leader that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers.
Danaher’s portfolio of premier brands is among the most highly recognized in each of the markets it serves. Its 59,000 associates around the world serve customers in more than 125 countries.
In 2011, Danaher generated $16.1 billion of revenue from five reporting segments: Test & Measurement, Environmental, Dental, Life Sciences & Diagnostics, Industrial Technologies.