Shire Head of GMA Learning and Development in Lexington, Massachusetts

% of Time

Job Function and Description


Oversee scientific training design, development & delivery

· Develop learning strategy and objectives

· Lead the development of core curriculum for the various therapeutic areas and new training programs to support the launch of products especially in new disease areas

· Conduct training needs assessment and gap analyses to identify (in collaboration with key stakeholders) necessary and new training opportunities for the countries and regions taking global and regional culture differences into consideration to ensure best outcome of trainings.

· Create or manage the development of scientific training materials in cooperation with internal/ external experts

· Design, annually, a seminar series and internal training programs using medical subject matter experts.

· Support the Medical Communication Lead to develop an e-learning platform for the therapeutic areas

Education and Experience Requirements

  • A medical or science Bachelor’s degree is required

  • A higher level degree (e.g. MD, Masters, PhD or PharmD) and concentration in education is preferred

  • 10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, preferably within a matrix structure is required

  • 3 years of experience within medical or biopharmaceutical training (industry or vendor) is required

  • Experience with learning management systems and distance learning platforms is required

  • Experience in customer-facing roles (e.g. Medical Director, Medical Science Liaison, Product Specialist) is preferred

  • Deep knowledge of curriculum design, competency-based training and adult learning best practices, legal and regulatory requirements, Codes of Practice, Standard Operating Practices and guidelines

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Focus on accountability, ownership and excellence

  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

  • Outstanding presentation/facilitation skills

  • Strong mentoring skills

  • Strong collaboration and persuasion skills to reinforce a culture of partnering between Global Medical Training and global/ local organizations

  • Ability to think strategically and demonstrated ability to take a big-picture approach to decision making while taking account of the interests of the entire organization

  • Ability to evaluate and determine when common frameworks and resources may be deployed across diverse products, disease areas and geographies

  • Strong technology skills, including fluency in learning management systems and distance learning platforms

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Definition and development of Medical Training Plans and platforms in alignment with Global Medical Team, International Medical Affairs, and Shared Medical Services requirements

Internal and External Contacts

  • Position is accountable to Sr.Director, Shared Medical Services

  • Internal: Medical BU Heads, International Medical Affairs Head and Regional Medical Leads, Publications, Medical Communications, Medical Information, Medical Systems, Regulatory, Compliance, Legal, Pharmacovigilance/Safety, Technical Operations, Other training functions within Shire, Corporate Communications

Other Job Requirements

  • Availability to travel approximately 10-20% of time

  • Availability to participate in early or late meetings/teleconferences

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.