Shire Director, Portfolio & Resource Lead in Zug, Switzerland

Job Function and Description


Portfolio Analytics

  • Responsible for periodic portfolio analysis that enable Shire to achieve inline products growth goals, strategic objectives, commercial value, and/or other measures

  • Develop portfolio analysis insights, findings and recommendation presentations, communications and briefings for senior stakeholders and relevant Shire inline products governance bodies

  • Partner with functional stakeholders (e.g. Finance, Franchises, Regions) to obtain data and metrics necessary to perform portfolio analytics

  • Support the resource planning process to ensure specific project/initiatives and investment proposals are aligned to Shire portfolio priorities

  • Develop insights and communication materials for relevant Shire governance bodies ies

  • Help identify resource trade off scenarios and support development for risks and opportunities

  • Ensure portfolio priorities are disseminated and embedded in key enterprise wide processes (e.g. budgeting, brand planning…)


Resource Allocation

  • Implement and lead periodic business case resource planning process by

  • working with franchises, functions and regions to develop business cases proposals and ensuring investment proposals are aligned to Shire portfolio priorities

  • monitoring and tracking business cases resource requests

  • developing insights and communication materials for relevant Shire governance bodies

  • Act as a thought partner with franchises, functions and regional teams to develop business cases, and product investment proposals.

  • Collaborates closely with franchise, functions and regional teams to ensure no duplication of work


Functional Initiatives

  • Partner with other functions on enterprise wide projects (such as evolution of Product Operating Model, Stage Gate Reviews) to ensure Global Commercial Operations views are adequately represented

Work closely with the Head of Portfolio & Resource Allocation to drive additional ad-hoc projects and initiatives which are key to create growth, drive efficiencies, capitalize on market dynamics / differences

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Business Administration/or related discipline and/or in Health Sciences

  • MBA/M.Sc./Pharm.D. preferred

  • Recommended 10+ years of experience with: mix of consulting experience in strategy consulting/or healthcare consulting and pharmaceutical or biotech industry

  • Strong analytical skills with proven expertise in dealing with large volume of data, assessing trends and identifying insights

  • Proven strategic problem solving mindset and ability to deliver solutions (ideally in a high growth environment)

  • Track record of strategic and operational planning in a high growth environment

  • Innovative strategic thinker with exceptional process and project management skills

  • Accustomed to managing a diverse and rapidly changing workload, delivering projects across several teams, timelines and within a matrix structure

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

  • Ability to operate and influence senior stakeholders across functions, franchises and regions (very strong interpersonal skills)

  • Commercially astute, proactive and self-starter

  • International experience is preferred

  • Business development is preferred

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Ability to influence and challenge the business decisions; Ability to influence without authority;

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/assignments to demanding deadlines with minimal supervision

  • High degree of creativity and innovation in developing new approaches, processes and methodologies

  • Ability to lead projects on behalf of the portfolio/GPS ops team

  • Strong written and verbal communication

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills as well as teamwork abilities

  • Comfortable working in a matrix environment

  • Global mindset and high emotional intelligence

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 possibility

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

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

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

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

Complexity and Problem Solving

The candidate will design and drive portfolio analysis internally or choosing and managing appropriate external business partners for benchmarking; interpreting analysis, identifying insights and developing ecommendations, including presenting findings and strategic recommendations to all levels of management

  • Proactively anticipates solutions

  • Challenges assumptions, facts and identify insights based on agreed metrics

  • Identify ways to improve portfolio and resource allocation methodology and framework to ensure Shire has access to best tools to make quality decisions on portfolio priorities and investments

  • Provides implications to the business around any major portfolio findings

Internal and External Contacts

Franchise Heads, Regional Heads, ILC members


R&D portfolio team and R&D ops

GPS Functions

Strategic planning

Tech Ops

Business development

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.