Shire R&D Global Program Manager in Zug, Switzerland

The GPM, together with the GDL and PSL, provides the strategic vision and guides the team in developing integrated plans to successfully execute the strategy. The GPM will be responsible for one or more programs with clearly defined objectives.

The GPM will:

  • Coordinate and drive development process planning activities of the EPT/LPT including Integrated Development Plans, Long Range Plan, budget inputs and go/no go criteria as appropriate.

  • Work closely with the GDL/PSL to facilitate the elaboration, approval and execution of the global program strategy, as well as facilitate the decision-making process for their development program(s)

  • Work independently to provide best-in-class operations and program management expertise to drive EPT/LPT members towards excellence in execution.

  • Maintain the overall development plans and enterprise R&D portfolio inputs

  • Collaborate with GDL, PSL and EPT/LPT functional team members to ensure coordinated evaluation of product opportunities and/or scenarios and development of comprehensive, integrated recommendations (e.g. to Governance Committees) and strategic and operational product plans based on program defined objectives. Facilitate collection, alignment and validation of LPT sales and marketing budget ensuring alignment to LPT strategy

  • Facilitate preparations and analyses of LPT business reviews, goal setting and routine evaluation processes, and progress against LPT strategy and action plans

  • Execute and drive the annual planning processes from a LPT perspective, i.e. Product Strategy, Lifecycle Management, Strategic Product Plans, Brand Plans, Budgeting, Long Range Planning in partnership with GDL and PSL.

  • Lead and facilitate cross-functional team meetings (agendas, minutes, tracking actions, etc.)

  • Facilitate team goal setting and tracking to ensure adherence to plan and strategy, and end of year team evaluation process

  • Coordinate EPT/LPT communications to ensure team member alignment

  • Issue and present reports to senior management on a routine basis

  • Provide clear direction on product development requirements to meet expectations of external customers and business stakeholders

  • Be responsible for making decisions regarding the appropriate risk when there is substantial program impact

  • Lead other cross-functional projects (either strategic and/or operational) required by R&D GPM.

Reinforce team operating principles to maximize alignment within the team and with other functions.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in drug development in a pharmaceutical environment

  • Minimum of 5 years of cross-functional program management experience

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex cross-functional teams and processes

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent proficiency a plus

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of global drug product development

  • Strong understanding and competency in planning processes and decision making

  • Demonstrated experience using standard program management tools and software including integrated development plans, timelines, risk management, and budget development and monitoring

  • Training, coaching and leadership experience

  • Demonstrated finance and business acumen

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related field required; advanced degree in life sciences or MBA preferred

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • High level of accountability

  • Able to translate strategies into tangible deliverables for team to execute

  • Independent and creative thinker requiring minimum oversight

  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills including negotiation, managing meetings and group dynamics, ability to balance concerns of line management with objectives of cross-functional team

  • Strong influencing without authority skills

  • Management and leadership of complex projects

  • Strong analytical and decision-making ability, including ability to synthesize complex and diverse inputs to a problem, and recommend solutions/preferred options

  • Strong communication skills, including written and oral communication of executive level information and recommendations

  • Ability to provide insight into complex program interdependencies and assist in providing related budget and FTE impact

  • Ability to adapt quickly and well to change, both organizationally and culturally

  • Ability to identify key priorities, align strategic and tactical plans and motivate cross-functional teams and drive effective partnerships across function

  • Fluency (spoken and written) in English

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.