Shire Head of EHS, MA Biologics Operations in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Role:

Direct the implementation of a comprehensive environment, health and safety (EHS) program for Shire’s MA Biologics Operations Sites, including manufacturing (Lexington & Alewife), R&D laboratories, PDTS laboratories and warehouses (N. Reading & Belmont). Develop strategic plans for continuous improvement in EHS performance. Provide leadership as the management representative for EHS, influence and direct employees at all levels of the organization to achieve excellence in EHS. Implement the company’s management system for EHS and develop and implement systems/programs to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, permits, and company requirements.

Functioning as a member of the MA Bio Ops leadership team, work closely with peers to build a culture of EHS excellence at the sites. Direct and support the work of the EHS professionals at the sites and develop a high performing team culture for the EHS function.

Essential Functions


  • Manage the development, planning and implementation of strong environmental, health and safety programs in alignment with legal, regulatory, corporate requirements and industry best practice.

  • Support business growth via management of permit revisions and new regulatory requirements; assess new projects/processes for impact on same and health & safety of employees.

  • Manage and oversee the occupational health program on-site, including case management and appropriate interfaces with corporate, HR and legal.

  • Define, maintain and manage the site emergency response procedures to assure preparedness and organized management of crisis situations.

  • Ensure continual improvement through implementation of the Shire EHS management system, including facilitating risk assessments, setting targets and monitoring performance.

  • Champion and support resource conservation initiatives in cooperation with facilities and engineering.

  • Lead and direct the EHS team across the sites and oversee/direct the work of contractors and EHS service providers

  • Develop a strong safety culture across the sites, ensuring all incidents are reported, investigated and corrective actions implemented as appropriate

  • Collaborate and align with Global EHS on developing and implementing EHS initiatives across the sites while playing an active role in EHS improvement initiatives across the network.

  • Represent MA Bio Ops in Corporate EHS initiatives

Education & Experience Requirements

Essential: 10-15 years’ experience in EHS related field

BS/BA required in technical discipline. Engineering, safety, environmental studies, life science or similar field

Must be knowledgeable in US EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations, must be experienced with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing or other high hazard industry (oil & gas, pulp & paper, chemical manufacturing, steel, etc)

Desired: Professional certification in the EHS field (CHMM, CSP, CIH, or equivalent) preferred. Experience with LEAN, Six sigma methodology preferred.

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

  • Proven ability to take charge of a situation to find a suitable outcome

  • Drives results while building positive relationships

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Holds self and team to commitments

  • Holds peers and site leadership team accountable for performance

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

  • Mentoring, motivating and empowering people to perform at their best

  • Proven ability to delegate and develop people

  • Strong organizational, communication and training skills.

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Ability to solve complex problems across different functions and work without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives of assignments. May determine procedures and methods on new assignments.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Shire employees at all levels

  • Government bodies who regulate EH&S for the site (Mass DEP, OSHA, USEPA, DOT, Fire Marshall, etc)

  • Local communities

  • Shire suppliers and service providers to the site

  • EHS professionals from other companies and industries for benchmarking and networking

Other Requirements

  • Position is located in Lexington, MA and is part of the MA Bio Ops leadership team.

  • Travel to satellite locations required (Belmont, N. Reading, Alewife)

  • Travel to corporate EHS meetings, conferences, audits, etc. upon request

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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.