Shire Research Compliance Leader in Lexington, Massachusetts

  • Responsible for supporting Head of Research Compliance to oversee the compliance function in support of all Research programs / projects in R&D.

  • Principal responsibilities include:

  • Provides professional expertise, guidance and strong leadership in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and other applicable regulatory requirements (e.g. CAP, CLIA) to proactively identify compliance issues/risks in all Nonclinical, analytical and Bioanalytical studies within the organization and its external partners (as applicable).

  • Liaise with various internal groups and external groups including Contract Research Organizations (CROs), regulatory bodies, expert consultants and vendors, to maintain a high level of quality and consistency across the programs / projects in Research.

  • Fosters relationships with R&D staff to encourage discussion and evaluation of best practices for continuous improvement of quality and compliance across programs.

  • Perform study/project specific and program/process audits in support of GLP activities (as applicable)



Update and maintain required Research QA & Compliance Audit program (internal and external)and related documentation

  • Manage the development, implementation and maintenance of the Quality Assurance programs and activities in a regulated environment to ensure compliance with federal/state and country regulations (as applicable)

  • Provide guidance to Research & Development Management in preparation for regulatory inspections

  • Serve as key company representative during agency inspection, interface and host inspections, develop positive working relationships and ensure that compliance objectives are met.

  • Develop and/or review all responses to regulatory agency inspections and corrective action commitments, ensure that timely responses are generated.

  • Ensure Quality Assurance oversight and involvement in Computer Validation Projects supporting Research activities


Continuous Improvement & Procedural Documentation

  • Ensure that appropriate training is provided to staff as well as GLP and OECD GLP (as applicable) training to all Research personnel

  • Conduct focused training as necessary

  • Establish and maintain a periodic review system to assure compliance with Procedural Documents and GLP regulations

  • Direct and administer programs for measuring compliance by establishing metrics on critical quality endpoints and provide periodic reports to management with recommendations for continuous quality improvements


R&D Quality Operations Leadership

  • Ensure that objectives of the Research QA & Compliance are defined and communicated to cross-functional groups

  • Participate in R&D QA & Compliance projects having impact across all of R&D

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in a life science required; Masters Degree in management or scientific discipline a plus.

  • At least 10 years of pharmaceutical experience.

  • Ideal candidate will have broad experience in product development, clinical operations, regulatory compliance, GLP auditing and at least 7 years of direct management experience.

Other Job Requirements

10-20 % Domestic and international travel required. Must travel globally to locations where nonclinical and bioanalytical activities exist. Must have a global mindset.

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