Shire Global Program Management Lead in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Global Program Management Lead position is a high impact, leadership role responsible for key elements of program strategy and cross-functional execution of development and commercialization activities of within Shire’s Early-stage Global Product Teams (GPT) / Late-stage Global Product Teams (EPT/LPT). The GPM role requires a talented individual with proven expertise in leading cross-functional teams and driving product strategy, planning and program execution. The GPM, in partnership with the Global Development Lead (GDL) and Product Strategy Lead (PSL) will drive program management ensuring the translation of product strategy into clear and actionable plans and its timely communication to effectively drive performance. program management and ensure clear and timely communication of program strategy, implementation plans and program progress. The GPM together with the GDL in the EPT/ and the GDL and Product Strategy Leads (PSL) in the LPT and PSL will work to ensure the cross-functional teams operate effectively with positive Global team dynamics driving product development.


GT Strategy / Operations / Program Management

  • Work closely with the GDL/PSL to facilitate the elaboration, approval and execution of the global program strategy.

  • Coordinate and drive operational planning activities of the GPT including Strategic Product Plans (SPP), Target Product Profile, Long Range Plan, Life Cycle Management Plan, Geographical Expansion Plan, Business Cases, Competitive Landscape assessment and IP assessment ensuring alignment to program strategy.

  • Maintain the overall SPP in collaboration with the program team members.

  • Collaborate with GDL, PSL and GPT functional team members to ensure coordinated evaluation of product opportunities/ scenarios and development of comprehensive integrated recommendations (e.g., to Governance Committees) and strategic and operational product plans based on program defined objectives and priorities.

  • Work independently to provide best-in-class operations and program management expertise to drive GPT members towards excellence in execution of plans i.e..

  • Develop, maintain and track robust, cross-functionally aligned program timelines (development and launches)

  • Facilitate collection, alignment and validation of program budget ensuring alignment to program strategy

  • Lead and facilitate cross-functional team meetings (agendas, minutes, tracking actions, etc.)

  • Facilitate team goal setting and tracking to ensure adherence to plan and strategy, and end of year team evaluation process

  • Develop and manage a program risk register

  • Coordinate GPT communications to ensure team member alignment

  • Issue and present reports to senior management on a routine basis

  • Facilitate preparations and analyses of GPT business reviews and routine evaluation processes, and progress against GPT strategy and action plans

  • Serve as strong objective advisor to GDL and PSL to maximize team effectiveness

  • Promote visibility and transparency of information within the GPT, across GPT sub-teams and other forums to accelerate decision making, obtain alignment, and incrase foundational knowledge, identify and communicate product and LPT related objectives, issues, risks, and where applicable, facilitate cross-GPT discussion on impact

  • Provide clear direction on product development requirements to meet expectations of external customers and business stakeholders

  • Be responsible for making decisions regarding the appropriate risk when there is substantial program impact

R&D Program Management Process and R&D Initiatives

  • Active participation in GMP team and PM forums

  • Support TA and franchise initiatives as required

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in drug development in a pharmaceutical environment

  • Minimum of 5 years of cross-functional program management experience in managing a diversity of therapeutic areas and multiple stages of development and commercialization of prescription drug products (Phase 1 through launch).

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex cross-functional teams and processes

  • Strong understanding of the business environment and relevant key strategic and operational drivers.

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of global product development and commercialization in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Demonstrated ability to work without routine supervision to deliver key accountabilities

  • Strong understanding and competency in planning processes and decision making

  • Demonstrated experience using standard program management tools and software including integrated development plans, timelines, risk management, and budget development and monitoring.

  • Training, coaching and leadership experience

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent proficiency a plus

  • Demonstrated finance and business acumen

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related field required; Advanced degree in life sciences or MBA preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.