Director BIO AFM Operations (m/f/d)

Bruker is enabling scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications that improve the quality of human life. Bruker's high-performance scientific instruments and high-value analytical and diagnostic solutions enable scientists to explore life and materials at molecular, cellular and microscopic levels. Today, worldwide more than 7,200 employees are working on this permanent challenge at over 70 locations on all continents. Bruker continues to build upon its extensive range of products and solutions, its broad base of installed systems and a strong reputation among its customers.

The Bruker JPK BioAFM Business is the global market leader for atomic force microscopes (AFM) and optical tweezers (OT) for biomolecular and cellular imaging, as well as force measurements on singlemolecules, cells and tissues. These high-performance instruments are developed, produced and supported at the Bruker facility in Berlin and sold worldwide. For our JPK BioAFM headquarters at Berlin, Germany we are looking for a Director Bio AFM Operations (m/f/d)

Your activity:

  • Oversees and manages the BIO AFM product business manufacturing operations, including procurement, product assembly and test, production control and planning, and in-process inventory control
  • Defines goals and objectives, drives continuous improvement, and works with other Business Unit leaders to drive best practices (including lean and best-cost manufacturing initiatives) to support customer and business requirements
  • Develops and executes organizational and budgetary plans to achieve near term and long-term operational goals; selects, develops and actively manages human resources to ensure the efficient and high-performance operation of the organization
  • Develops and implements plans, budgets, policies and procedures
  • Responsible for meeting shipment, quality, and inventory targets to meet quarterly gross margin and revenue targets

Essential Functions:

Production Manufacturing:

  • Manages and directs quarterly product production and test to deliver revenue, gross margin and quality targets
  • Manages and directs component and subassembly procurement and inventory to support quarterly production slot plan, revenue and inventory goals
  • Manages and directs shipping, receiving and inspection of all outbound product and inbound inventory
  • Works with Service, Marketing and Development to provide timely resolution of customer product problems and drive product quality improvements
  • Works closely with Development team to support new product development and release, including the generation and control of necessary product and process documentation
  • Works interdisciplinary with Development, Logistics and Procurement to identify and complete all documents to fulfill all legally necessary requirements, e.g. apply for FDA or CE certificates
  • Works with Finance and Business Unit management to develop annual operating budget and objectives
  • Develops and staffs a high performance, high quality organization
  • Determines and implements key metrics to drive operational performance and efficiency


  • Manages and directs delivery planning, ensures on time delivery of parts and components, controls and optimize inventory
  • Manages and directs conclusion of vendor contracts, e.g. frame and 3rd party contracts


  • Works with Bruker sales offices, distributors and finance partners to ensure processes in compliance with commercial law and tax matters
  • Has clear communication with Bruker sales offices and distributors for on time and high quality delivery to ensure high customer satisfaction
  • Manages and directs manufacturing / delivery planning to meet Business Unit revenue goals

 Order Administration:

  •  Manages and directs order administration team to collect and review all needed information and documents belonging to customer orders, ensure processes according to the compliance rules
  • Manages and directs communication with logistics team
  • Manages and directs on time bookings in cooperation with finance team

Your profile:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven leadership skills a manufacturing organization, including assembly, test, production planning, and inventory control.
  • Global supply chain knowledge and the ability to deliver material to support product delivery requirements while minimizing direct inventory.
  • Experience with implementing and managing lean manufacturing systems is a plus
  • Maintains high ethical standards, communicates material issues as they arise
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities, able to communicate effectively to all levels of the company in German and English.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills with strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational, leadership and time management skills; able to lead change
  • Able to organize, coordinate, and direct projects
  • Solid PC skills using, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite products
  • Solid SAP experience

Educational/Experience Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in business or a technical field is required, with a minimum of 10 years of operations or production management experience
  • The experience must include at least 5 years of proven experience leading a manufacturing organization, including assembly, test, production planning, and inventory control
  • Preferably experience with the assembly and test of complex, high performance equipment / instrumentation. 

At Bruker you can expect interesting, challenging and diverse projects with state-of-the-art technologies and an interdisciplinary focus. JPK BioAFM offers a cooperative and motivated working environment with a highly motivated team in Berlin Adlershof.

If you are interested in working at Bruker, please send us your application online, including CV, your earliest start date and your salary expectation.

We are looking forward to receiving your online application!

Apply online

Bruker Nano GmbH
JPK BioAFM Business
Am Studio 2D
12489 Berlin, Germany

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Bruker Nano GmbH
JPK BioAFM Business
Am Studio 2D
12489 Berlin, Germany