Shire Program Management Lead, Product Operations in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

The Program Management Lead is an experienced professional who provides business and technical leadership for high-priority, complex and cross-functional portfolio projects to support the growth strategy for lifecycle and new product introductions.

Leads and is accountable for product projects and related project performance including milestone hit rate, financial achievement and is a liaison for management and other internal and external stakeholders.

Oversees and drives key Program processes associated with preparing for new programs to support network & products’ strategy. Leads Program and project processes and meetings.

Utilizes & serves as resource for project management tools and methodologies and collaborates to identify and apply PM principles to develop resolution plans expeditiously. Drives new processes requiring cross-functional input and development of tools to measure team goals & compliance.

Manages and continuously improves leading indicators of project success. Aligns, synergizes with the Product Operations Leads (POLs) and other key stakeholders.


65%: Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Launches project opportunities (idea generation to project initiation) identified by POLs by leading development of proposals, project charters and/or business cases for project approvals & subsequently determines ownership for project execution within the network

  • Set up, scopes, develops high level project plan and monitors execution of global strategic x-functional product specific projects/task forces and TOPT sub-teams

  • Supports strategic planning with respect to projects and growth capacity.

  • Monitors launch execution based on TOPT roadmap through respective TOPT launch sub team

  • Interfaces with management within and outside Operations to coordinate project priorities, communications, and issue escalation to all levels of management for the respective TOPT sub programs

  • Drives accountability and track progress for milestone hit rate of Product Operations program/projects

  • Cooperate with POL on organizing, developing agenda and facilitation and documentation for TOPT meetings

  • Supports establishment of critical business processes to drive excellence in project execution.

25%: Performance Management

  • Facilitates translation of product strategy into clear and measurable team goals & establishes Prod Ops OpU dashboard to track & measure milestone compliance

  • Participates in the evaluation and feasibility process for potential projects.

  • Provides clear direction on project requirements to meet expectations of external customers and business stakeholders.

  • Interacts through program and/or project updates and reviews with all levels of management.

  • Drives implementation of projects by participating to establishing strategy, schedules, budgets, and financial analysis.

  • Drives use of Shire’s Project Management Methodology throughout projects.

  • Approves team deliverables for project completion.

  • Drives development of operating mechanisms & stakeholder mapping and ensures implementation of Tech Ops product governance throughout all projects

  • Recognizes opportunity for improved department objectives and approaches

  • Manages interdependencies within the respective portfolio

5%: Risk Management

  • Leads team in risk management approaches and systems.

  • Provides complex scenario analysis for issues with significant business impact

  • Responsible for making decisions regarding the appropriate risk when there is substantial project or program impact.

5%: Administration

  • Serves as a champion of Shire’s Project Management Methodology and associated Project Management Office processes, recognizing how project results seriously impact the overall success of the organization.

  • Recommends, implements, and manages the appropriate program or project structure and standard performance metrics

  • Ensures appropriate linkages of this information to the project prioritization and/ or portfolio process

  • Maximizes business results through continuous improvement in organization’s ability to execute projects and programs

  • Manage content and maintenance of TOPT information platform (Sharepoint)

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in a life science field. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 8+ years industry work experience with experience in pharmaceutical development, manufacturing, operations, finance and program management required.

Other Job Requirements

Up to 30% Domestic and International travel 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

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.