Shire Program Management Lead in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

The Program Management (PM) Lead is an experienced professional in the principles of program and project management with demonstrated ability to manage and report on high priority projects so that Tech Ops governance forums maintain full awareness and understanding of progress, risks, and opportunities inherent for the individual projects the incumbent has responsibility for.

A key skill set for this role is to manage cross-functional project teams, establish appropriate strategies and plans to meet the strategic goals of the project(s), develop and maintain appropriate project charters and drive priorities/task assignments in-line with overall objectives/goals. The PM is able to manage extremely complex issues with the team, through analysis of intangible variables requiring high degree of creativity & innovation. He/she will navigate teams through difficult activities & challenges, independently identifying and applying effective PM principles to develop resolution plans expeditiously. The PM is also responsible for building and maintaining project plans, schedules, and performance reports. The PM must be prepared to both independently lead cross-functional teams and provide program management support for projects where someone else serves as the Lead. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Provides complex scenario analysis for issues with significant business impact

  • Communicates project risks, opportunities, and options to the most senior leaders in Tech Ops

  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices in selecting methods, techniques & evaluation criteria to obtain results

  • Able to influence across the organization without direct authority

  • Acts as an advisor to PM staff, coaching on problem solving approaches, methods, tools and techniques

  • Recognizes opportunity for improved department objectives and approaches, based on professional principles and theories


50% : Establish and lead teams to effectively solve complex business, process or scientific challenges developing an appropriate and improved future state for technical operations. Define project’s scope, resource requirements, timeline and budgets. Develop project plans utilizing project management and other applicable tools. Responsible for keeping the projects on track and in scope. Responsible for identifying and finding solutions to resource conflicts and appropriately alerting management if issues cannot be resolved. Identifying project tasks/deliverables and keeping responsible individuals accountable. Develop and maintain schedules, timelines, milestones, and performance reports. Lead or co-chair with Program Lead the development of proposals, project charters and/or business cases for project approvals. Enter, maintain, and update project plans. Ability to closely collaborate with leaders and SMEs across the Tech Ops organization. Provide input and updates to the senior leaders in accordance with the overarching program governance.

40% : Organize, facilitate, and document project meetings. Track progress towards accomplishing project milestones and deliverables. Make assignments and monitor effectiveness. Communicate with project team members on status of assigned action items and provide support for resolving issues. Ensure all project documentation is current and complete.

10% ​: Lead and/or participate in development activities to increase overall Strategic Programs Group capabilities to deliver critical business insight and facilitation as requested or directed.

Education and Experience Requirements

Minimum of a four year Bachelors Degree, preferably in life sciences, business or engineering (or equivalent experience). Masters Degree is a plus. PMP certification desirable.

Minimum 8+ years Project Management experience including 2+ years of program management experience, and 6-10 years in industrial operations. Biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry experience desirable.

Other Job Requirements

Periodic travel, including international travel, will be required based on project requirements.

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.