Shire Launch Program Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Global Launch Program Manager reports to the Global Launch Excellence Lead and is responsible for driving the operational execution of the Global Launch Plan aligned to the globally standardised Framework and end-to-end processes for Global Launch Planning and Execution.

Primary Role:

•Drive operational execution of agreed Global Launch Plan and monitor & report variance

•Drive LPT preparedness for Monthly Launch Management, 6 Monthly Deep-dive and Go-no-Go Gate Review L-24, advocating transparency in launch status reporting, supporting the focus on priorities, early risk identification and mitigation

•Champion standardised Global Launch Framework and end-to-end processes

Key Responsibilities:

Drive operational execution of agreed Global Launch Plan and monitor & report variance

•Liaise with Global Commercial Lead to ensure cross-functional ownership of one Global Launch Plan and enhance functional accountability of global launch deliverables

•Manage progress of launch activities against base line plan and monitor & report on variance

•Accelerate launch execution through continouous cross-functional alignment and early risk identification and mitigation securing flawless execution of globally defined “Must Haves”

•Business partner with launch stakeholders to build an open and transparent launch culture to support early issue identification and resolution

•Support on-time Global to Country deliverables as defined in the various Country Launch Activation Plans

Drive LPT preparedness for Monthly Launch Management, 6 Monthly Deep-Dive and Go-no-Go Gate Review L-24, advocating transparency in launch status reporting, supporting the focus on priorities, early risk identification and mitigation

•Business partner with the Global Commercial Lead to co-lead launch sub-teams and prepare Monthly LPT Launch Management Reviews and align on risks, issues and corrective actions with continuous focus on launch priority and risk mitigation by stage of launch via Launch Framework, Tools & End-to-End processes

•Drive LPT preparedness for 6-monthly Launch Management Deep Dive Reviews and Go-no-Go Gate Review @ -L-24 to ensure preparedness of brand strategy and program deliverables for go-to-market handover to early launch country teams

•Collaborate with Global Program Manager as custodian of IPP milestones to ensure one source of truth

Champion standardized Launch Framework and end-to-end processes:

•Promote and drive on-going use of Launch Framework and end-to-end processes at cross functional launch team level, supporting a sustainable and high performing launch capability

•Support and enable best practice sharing and cross functional collaboration across programs, sub-teams, functions and franchises

Be part of a high performing, collaborative and innovative team:

•Participate in performance and feedback culture;

•Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams including but not limited to Late Stage Product Teams (LPT), Program Sub Teams, Global Product Strategy / Franchises, Global Program Management

•Identify innovative solutions to generate excellence in the eyes of our customers and patients, across all areas of responsibility


•BS in science, business, or related field required; advanced degree a plus

•3+ years of business experience in the Pharmaceutical and / or BioTech industry

•Commercial / marketing experience, incl. new product launches both at global and affiliate levels

•Significant experience working with and/or leading cross-functional and global teams

•Strong process & project management capabilities, with demonstrated versatility in project management tools. PMP certification a plus

•Strong knowledge of key pharmaceutical functions – good understanding of global drug development, regulatory and commercialization processes

•A self-starter who is pro-active, has tact and diplomacy, and is a true team player

•Strong interpersonal skills reflecting cultural awareness and sensitivities, unique ability to manage group/team dynamics, and conflict resolution

•Strong communications and presentation skills, including written and oral communication of executive level information and recommendations; global and cross-functional communications

•Ability to synthesize complex and diverse inputs to a problem, and recommend solutions/ preferred options

Key Capabilities:

Builds a Collaborative Culture

•Builds and models a culture of questioning and constructive challenge to foster openness and candid dialogue

•Listens to and carefully considers others’ perspectives, especially to manage and resolve conflict

•Acts with an understanding and sensitivity to others locally and globally, internally and externally

•Encourages accountability and responsibility that enables others to act with integrity

Leads with Strategic Agility

•Sets and clearly articulates a compelling vision for the future that fosters enthusiasm

•Develops bold strategic plans and crafts pragmatic solutions to implement them

•Recognizes opportunities and challenges and modifies strategy accordingly

•Moves easily between addressing current needs and planning for the future with informed insight

•Considers marketplace and economic forces and trends in making sound business decisions

Navigates Change

•Decides and acts, even when faced with uncertainty

•Clearly communicates the need for change and is actively responsive to the resistance it can evoke

•Anticipates and proactively addresses the conflict and ambiguity inherent in change

•Quickly focuses on the critical issues while prioritizing current work

Develops Organizational Capability

•Inspires passion for growth and change in Shire’s people

•Builds and improves effective internal systems and processes that align with organizational priorities

•Builds and fosters effective teams in a global matrix organization

•Considers and addresses business and development needs both locally and globally

Drives Innovation

•Generates breakthrough solutions, and enables others to do the same

•Draws on unexpected or seemingly unrelated ways of thinking

•Operates from a framework of possibilities

•Incorporates stakeholder feedback to improve the business


•Able to present issues and recommend solutions in a succinct manner to Senior and Executive Management on a frequent basis.

•Strong financial acumen with the ability to manage budgets and meet financial targets.

•A strong focus on execution, accountability and acting with integrity.

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.