Shire R&D Business Analytics Lead, Associate Director in Lexington, Massachusetts

The R&D Business Analytics group is responsible for developing analyses and insights to address R&D senior management business questions, to inform pipeline portfolio planning and to support R&D strategic decision making. This role reports to the Head of R&D Business Analytics.


  • 60%: Independently drive decision making through rigorous, fact based quantitative analysis and the synthesis of insights into actionable recommendations

  • 20%: Work closely with R&D teams (functions, development teams, etc,) and across the organization (corporate strategy, business development, finance, etc) to develop integrated assessments

  • 20%: Refine and deliver tools, processes and materials to support the discussion and communication of strategic, portfolio and program information

Examples of the types of analysis carried out in this role:

  • Lead portfolio assessments to prioritize R&D programs and provide clear recommendations to governance bodies that maximize the value of Shire’s pipeline

  • Carry out competitive analysis, benchmarking, and primary and secondary research to understand industry best practices and identify actions to boost R&D productivity

  • Model the portfolio and R&D resources to support investment planning and decision making for both internal programs and external opportunities

  • Implement business processes that enable pipeline risk management e.g. assessment of programs’ probability of success

  • Collect and synthesize information for critical R&D strategic initiatives and Long Range Plans

  • Drive pipeline program decision analyses and develop recommendations to optimize program development

  • Support ad hoc special projects requested by R&D leaders

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Required: 3+ years work experience in Management Consulting sector or 6+ years work experience in strategic planning and/or portfolio management industry roles

  • Required: MBA from an accredited program or an advanced medical / biological sciences degree (MD or PhD)

  • Required: Biotech/Pharmaceutical sector experience

  • Strongly preferred: Knowledge of drug development from scientific, commercial and financial perspectives

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated expertise in problem solving and communication of complex analyses

  • Expert analytical skills; comfortable evaluating data, drawing insights and recommending actions; highly competent in MS Excel and PowerPoint

  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally and with senior level management

  • Independent and self-motivated but also works well in a team environment

  • Proven influencing, facilitation and negotiation skills

  • Stellar written and oral communication skills; experience in developing presentations/reports for senior executive level audiences

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Complexity and Problem Solving:

  • Develop analyses and insights to address R&D senior management business questions, to inform pipeline portfolio planning and to support R&D strategic decision making.

  • Generate recommendations under tight timelines while maintaining high standards of quality

  • Build tools and processes to support pipeline related decision making

Equal Employment Opportunity

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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.