Shire Procurement Systems and Tools Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

This position is responsible for managing the programs that enable Procurement to meet and or exceed departmental goals and objectives, business requirements and stakeholder expectations. These programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuous professional and organizational development, including career planning and succession and professional certification of the Procurement team

  • Standardized programs for use by Procurement such as category management, supplier relationship management, preferred suppliers/supplier segmentation, stakeholder engagement and capability building

Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrated / proven skills and knowledge required to create and manage those programs that build and maintain a best-in-class, high performing procurement organization.

As procurement influence is still growing within Shire, the role will need to work closely with the Pillar Leads to determine the necessary skills and experience levels to meet and or exceed stakeholder expectations and value capture. The candidate will need to have very strong interpersonal, written/verbal communication and problem solving skills as he/she will interact with all levels of the organization including very senior and high profiled leaders across Shire. The candidate must display a passion for professional development and continuous improvement.

Essential Functions



Professional/Organizational Development

  • Lead training requirement definitions and ensure existing team members and new joiners adhere to established global standards

  • Ensure alignment between required skills and experiences and systems, tools, program usage requirements

  • Develop and maintain procurement capability development training curriculum and training delivery program

  • Ensure professional development training curriculum reflects best-in-class/world-class standards

  • Benchmark with leading third parties to identify necessary skills and experiences and emerging trends; update Shire’s Capability Program as needed

  • Develop and manage a system to track development of individual development plans, professional development training and professional certifications

  • Promote professional certification (i.e., CPSM, MCIPS, etc.) and create program to support Procurement team members to successfully achieve and retain professional certification

  • Develop core skills and experience matrix for Procurement organization

  • Create career ladder and progression requirements for Procurement roles

  • Create and maintain standard job titles and descriptions for all Procurement roles, aligning job descriptions to core skills and experiences matrix and career progression requirements


Program Development

  • Create required Procurement programs (i.e., category management, supplier relationship management, preferred supplier/supplier segmentation program, stakeholder management, negotiations, etc.) and update programs according to a defined schedule to ensure programs meet/exceed best-in-class standards to support sustainable world-class performance by Shire Procurement

  • Create and maintain standardized templates for each program for use by Procurement team, updating templates on a defined schedule to ensure compliance with best-in-class standards

  • Conduct training for all Procurement programs

  • Solicit input from Procurement Leadership Team to continuously improve Procurement programs

  • Analyze program effectiveness and provide recommendations to ensure continuous improvement

  • Conduct annual Procurement Stakeholder Customer Satisfaction Survey, analyze results and provide recommendations to improve customer satisfaction levels


Planning and Reporting

  • Create and manage annual Procurement training calendar

  • Provide reports detailing progress against individual development plans and Capability Building training milestones to Procurement Leadership Team

Education & Experience Requirements

  • BA Degree in related field

  • Five to 10 years plus operational experience in procurement or supply management. MBA preferred

  • Procurement certification from a professional supply management organization (e.g. CPSM, MCIPS, etc.) required

Other Qualifications:

  • Experienced in writing training policies and procedures

  • Interpersonal skills - effectively interacts with diverse cross section of people at various levels of the organization

  • Familiarity with various professional organizations and certification programs

  • Prior expertise with strategic category management, supplier relationship management, stakeholder management and negotiation strategy preparation

  • Excellent organizational, project management and communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Leadership: guides and influences others toward the accomplishment of a goal not reporting directly into role

  • Strong analytical skills - effectively supports decisions and recommendations with factual data and analysis

  • Must be able to lead a cross functional team and produce a consensus that meets business needs

  • Must be able to work independently, self-motivated

  • High level of customer focus and an ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following:

Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

  • Strategic Thinking: Understands clearly key external developments and trends, such as market needs, competition and technology that are likely to impact the business and builds this knowledge into an end-to-end category strategy. Develops solutions that reflect a thorough understanding of Shire’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Addresses potential issues through effective planning and resourcing. Applies extensive, expert knowledge and experience to support the business direction. Can take complex, abstract ideas or situations and distill the fundamental issues and articulate the solution in an easy to understand way.

  • Teamwork: Fosters an environment of collaboration. Understands and values the collective strengths and experience of the Team and knows when to draw on complementary skills to meet the required objectives. Actively builds bridges between areas by uncovering and working to remove barriers. Works hard to generate commitment and loyalty across the team.

  • Leadership: Actively promotes new ways of looking at problems, processes ort solutions. Establishes rapport and responds in an approachable manner with wide range of contacts. Puts systems in place and engages in personal interactions to promote sharing of key learnings and best practices across the organization.

  • Serving Customers : Adapts quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and rapid change within Shire. Demonstrates tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty while delivering a service and value for internal Shire customers. Recommends process improvements that will greatly improve quality, and establishes effective systems, processes and procedures to get work done and transfer knowledge. Brings fresh perspectives, innovation, ideas and best practice into Shire.

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Must support business needs within Shire and be aligned with Procurement. Needs to understand the strategic sourcing process and the skills and experiences needed by category managers to deliver best-in-class performance against goals and objectives. Must be able to work on cross-functional and/or cross-site teams to achieve objectives. Strong team working skills required as well as sound diplomacy and judgment skills. Superior negotiating skills while working with internal stakeholders and representing Shire to suppliers and negotiating formal commitments for services/products. Knowledge of internal policies, Shire external policies and positions, supplier processes and business processes across the company must be employed to effectively make decisions representing stakeholders and managing relationships with Shire’s suppliers.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Communicates opinions, facts and thoughts with clarity, transparency and honesty. Seeks multiple perspectives and listens openly to others’ points of views. Enables and demonstrates the courage to speak up on issues and risks as well as on the good news. Interacts, communicates and coordinates with people at all levels, both internally and externally.

Other Requirements

  • Up to 10% travel may be required.

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

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