Shire Transportation Analyst in 1445 Lawrence, California

Primary Role

Provide a brief summary describing the major role, responsibilities and purpose of the job. Summarize key areas of accountability and budget responsibility, if applicable.

This position reports to the Transportation Ops NA Lead in Tech Ops and is responsible for coordinating cold chain and CRT shipments from 3PLs, Shire manufacturing plants, CMOs to international and domestic LOCs/Distribution Centers.

This position is responsible to coordinate the end-to-end transport activities and working closely with supply chain Logistics teams. Specifically responsible for coordinating shipments from CMOs, manufacturing sites (Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Covington GA), 3PL locations for replenishment and international and domestic shipments to LOCs/Distribution Centers.

This position is also responsible for creating global trade shipping documents for domestic and international shipments from origin to the final destination and performs relevant SAP/Global Trade transactions associated with each shipment.

This position focuses primarily on liaising with the Shire CMO organizations, 3PLs and Shire Plants in the US and executes the movement of product and product samples to meet timelines and deliverables.

Essential Functions


Describe the essential job duties. After each, provide an estimate of the percent of time typically devoted to each responsibility (use increments of 5%, all time spent should total to 100% of time allocation). To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Please note the percentage of time spent on each job duty is an estimate for normal operating conditions.


  • Responsible for assessing the destination country regulations and the correlation to the export/import documentation: Commercial Invoice, Packing List, SLI, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Import Permits, Incoterms, etc.

  • Coordinate with the Shire Planning team to meet all commercial and sample product deadlines / delivery request dates.

  • Adhere to shire procedures, SOPs, standard forms, import/export compliance documentation, training materials, etc. in accordance with the principles/guidelines of Good Distribution Practice.

  • Responsible for risk mitigation throughout the supply chain through effective communication with key internal stakeholders and Shire external partners.

  • Ensure Shire products and samples are transported & distributed in accordance with compliance with GDP’s, cGMP’s, and country specific regulations.

  • Assure high value products reach their destination on time in a compliant, and cost efficient manner.

Global Trade Compliance:

In conjunction GTC and other key functions, ensure the development, management and adherence to the following compliance requirements:

  • Import/Export compliance.

  • Customs clearance and importation procedures.

  • Origin determination.

  • Customs Valuation.

  • Service Level Agreements & Technical Quality Agreements.

  • Compliance with GxP.

This position is responsible for Supporting Shire Global Trade Compliance initiatives and industry best business practices for temperature controlled shipping methods

Cold Chain performance and qualification:

  • Assist the Cold Chain Logistics and international leads with implementing shipping systems for Shire product samples.

  • This position works closely with cross functional groups to ensure that logistics shipping solutions meet Shire validation requirements. A key element of this position is to identify and manage compliant cold chain transport solutions in a complex and high-regulated environment (cGMP, regulatory, trade compliance, costs, etc.).

  • Support shipping system performance testing and transportation lane development for Non-Commercial shipments.

  • Assist with the execution of shipping system qualifications (PQ’s) according to the project plan.

  • Work with International supply chain Logistics teams to identify global shipping solutions for controlling Non-Commercial temperature sensitive products while in transit from origin through final destination.

  • Support Supply Chain Validation with route qualification and development of associated protocols for shipping system qualification phases.

Education & Experience Requirements

Include educational requirements or equivalency, required years and type(s) of experience, and necessary licenses or certificates. Specify which are required and which are preferred. For UK, please do not use years of experience due to UK Legislation.


Bachelor Degree and 2-4 years’ experience in a comparable position within the pharmaceutical industry. Demonstrable knowledge of good distribution practices throughout the pharmaceutical industry. Knowledge of Global Trade Compliance requirements. Experience working in an international environment. Undergraduate degree in a relevant field.


Knowledge of Logistics, Supply Chain, Operations, Transportation, or International Trade Compliance preferred. Experience working in Pharmaceutical or highly regulated and compliance industry, cold chain temperature-controlled products. APICS Certification preferred.

Key Skills and Competencies

Describe critical skills needed to successfully perform job, which should be representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong communication, organizational and customer service skills

  • Ability to engage and communicate with external key partners in transportation and distribution in an international environment

  • Ability to persuade external partners to adopt Shire specific working practices.

  • Proficient in writing and compiling concise documentation.

  • Strong organization skills and attention to details.

  • Exceptional oral skills and written communication skills

  • Ability to work with both independently and in a cross-functional environment including external service providers.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • 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

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

Describe the decisions made by the incumbents on a regular basis. Include decisions within the incumbent’s authority to make as well as those decisions that must be referred to a higher level.

  • Strong demonstration of use of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to manage critical situations (transportation deviation, crisis management and supply delays.

  • Ability to manage detailed processes based on high level guidelines and objectives.

  • Ability to prioritize workload and multitask.

Internal and External Contacts

List contacts this job advises, consults and coordinates with on a regular basis. Describe to whom this job is accountable. Indicate each Contact Category (Internal, Vendor, Customer, or Other) and provide examples.

  • Customer Service, Cold Chain Logistics, International Transportation, Non-Commercial, QA, CMOs, 3PLs, Shire plants and other Shire Internal Customers and external service providers.

Other Requirements

List any other job requirements, including domestic travel, international travel, driver’s license, physical abilities required, etc.

  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing and end-to-end supply chain, as well as detailed knowledge in global logistics (transportation, warehouse, distribution).

  • Knowledge of MS office tools (Outlook, Word, PPT, excel, access, project)

  • Able to work in fast-moving environment.

  • Domestic and International Travel up to 15%

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Reasonable Accommodations

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