Shire Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, R&D in Cambridge, Massachusetts

P r i m a ry R o l e

The Talent Acquisition Partner is in charge of delivering best in class recruiting experience to Hiring Managers and candidates throughout the recruiting life cycle in line with corporate objectives. They provide strategic support to the Line manager and an excellent experience for candidates while developing innovative methods to source talent and promote the Shire brand. They partner with the HRBP and TA Lead to understand the internal talent pool, create proactive demand plans and long term external talent pools.

R es pon si b ili t i e s

1. Deliver Full Cycle Recruitment for Director plus roles

  • Accountable for Speed, Cost and experience through the recruitment cycle

  • Driving demand planning discussions and forecast demand with accuracy

  • Developing sourcing methods to find the best drivers for talent

  • Utilizing digital sourcing tools to develop pipelines of talent against talent strategies and continuously improving sourcing channel innovationMaintain and report on pertinent TA data to HR, business, and TA stakeholders.

  • Adheres to the established Shire HR policies and procedures, including the Internal Application policy, the Employee Referral Program, the Position Requisition Process.

2. Deliver High Quality Talent Acquisition Services including management of the RPO as per the Service Delivery Model

  • Manages an outsourced solution to ensure the service delivery to the business

  • Continuous monitoring of the speed, quality and cost of the service delivery solution

  • Point of contact to RPO Project Manager(s) for process questions and issue escalations

  • Ensures a healthy mix of sources including an significant amount of direct hires, referrals and talent moves

  • Works on global or local recruitment projects to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the talent acquisition function (e.g. Employer branding)

  • Shares best practice and ideas amongst the broader recruitment team

  • Develops and maintains effective partnerships internally with Hiring Managers, HR Business Partners, HR Operations, Compensation Specialists, and other members of the HR and Business community

3. Build Talent Pipeline

  • Through proactive direct sourcing, advertising, networking and referrals, builds an external network of selected and targeted prospective candidates and industry contacts

  • Owning proactive talent relationship management. Inspiring passive talent about Shire and delivering an exceptional experience throughout the engagement process

  • Conduct talent mapping as required for the respective client group

  • Analyzes current and future market trends, with an understanding of Shire and the pharmaceutical/biotech industry, in order to develop effective talent acquisition strategies

  • Supports, develops and maintains a thorough understanding Shire’s business model, culture, leadership capabilities and Talent Management strategy

4. Talent Advising & Hiring Manager Partnership

  • Advises the Hiring Manager on Talent and Recruitment Strategy

  • Effectively challenges hiring managers and business leaders to ensure hiring activities have the necessary level of priority and to select a candidate considering the appropriate mix of capabilities, technical skills, “fit” and long-term potential

E du ca t i on & Ex p erie n c e R e qu ire m e nts


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related degree

  • 5+ years in a HR talent acquisition, HR manager or business partner role

  • Ability to directly source talent at all levels adopting creative strategic methods; Executive Search experience highly preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in the ability to manage, influence and challenge all levels of clients

  • Broad understanding of HR practices and related regional employment laws and regulations


  • Pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry experience is strongly preferred

  • Significant experience developing and implementing comprehensive recruitment sourcing strategies; identifying and leveraging external search firms; institutions and professional organizations; and developing personal recruitment networks

  • Ability to bring forward an active external network of prospective industry related contacts to support the Shire business strategy

  • Workday system experience is preferred

  • Working knowledge of immigration issues; compensation design/trends; as well as, competency in understanding legal matters related to conflicts of interest in the screening/selection/hiring process

  • Ability and willingness to travel locally and nationally to support recruitment activities and recruitment programs

  • Fluency in English is required. Other language skills preferred.

  • Other HR experience desirable – ie. compensation, benefits, HR operations, etc.

O th e r R e qu i r e m e nts

Ability and willingness to travel locally and nationally to support recruitment activities and recruitment programs

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

Employment / Recruitment agents may only submit candidates for vacancies only if they have written authorization to do so from Shire’s Talent Acquisition department. Any agency candidate submission may only be submitted to positions opened to the agency through the specific Agency Portal. Shire will only pay a fee for candidates submitted or presented where there is a fully executed contract in place between the Employment / Recruitment agents and Shire and only if the candidate is submitted via the Agency Portal. Candidates submitted or presented by Employment / Recruitment Agents without a fully executed contract or submitted through this site shall not be deemed to form part of any Engagement for which the Agency may claim remuneration.

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.