Shire Senior Engineer, Connected Devices and Digital Health in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Shire Device Center of Excellence(DCoE) in Lexington, Massachusetts allows Shire to explore how next generation therapeutics, emerging technologies, data analytics and new care models can improve patient health while reducing clinical, psychosocial and economic burden. Our team shares a passion for challenging conventional wisdom and creating an environment that embraces the risk-reward aspects of developing breakthrough concepts. Working closely with commercial, device and drug product partners, for digital health and connectivity the DCoE group is responsible for driving early stage initiatives to delivery and launch.

The Sr. Engineer will drive Shire’s cross functional Combination Device Development efforts for smart devices and digital health projects especially electromechanical perspective of the project. As a hands-on individual contributor and connected device subject matter expert (SME), the candidate will provide project and engineering leadership in the concept, feasibility, development, qualification and launch phases of electromechanical device development. Areas of responsibility include develop business case, target connectivity profile, user needs, specification development, prototyping, test development, design verification and validation testing, risk assessments, equipment development oversight, hardware and software integration, platform and app development. Extensive collaboration with internal and external partners.

The Sr. Engineer is expected to be knowledgeable of the overall device development program (i.e., Design Control, Change Control, Device Regulations, etc.) as well as electronics, software and networking engineering

Position Responsibilities:

  • Represent “smart” drug delivery system project(s) to external alliances as well as internal stakeholders

  • Guide the identification and assessment of new/emerging technologies with potential application to Shire products; assist in the realization of novel concepts, through prototyping and feasibility;

  • Be sought out by others as the expert in electromechanical “smart” delivery system project, digital product development, and combination product integration.

  • Ensure work and team activities are aligned with all relevant quality, regulatory, EHS, GLP, and GMP requirements.

  • Collaborate with internal partners (e.g., drug delivery and / or commercial) in user research efforts to uncover unmet user needs;

  • Collaborate with commercial and business stakeholders to drive business case development for project justification and approval by governing bodies;

  • Drive development of Target Connectivity Profile (TCP) for technology development projects;

  • Monitor market and competitive intelligence for impact on digital health strategy;

  • Identify and recommend potential partners/supplier and nurture relationships through contracting.

  • Manage technical activities of the smart delivery system project (e.g., external partners, complexity of electromechanical design, HW – SW development and integration, device interface).

  • Effectively execute role of representing the project(s) and effecting cross-functional integration on multi-disciplinary or cross functional teams.

Responsibilities (% of time):

50% (40-60%) Connected Device development – project execution

15% (10-20%) Development and maintenance of Shire Digital Health Platform

10% (5-20%) New Digital Technology exploration and assessment

10 (5 – 20%) Internal External alliance development

15 (10 – 20%) Project TDP, business case, and strategy development, User Research support


BS/BEng in relevant engineering or scientific area of study (typically, Electrical, Electronics, Information Technology, Computer engineering) with minimum seven (7) years’ experience in Medical Device or Combination products development.


MS in relevant engineering or scientific area of study (typically, Electrical, Electronics, Information Technology, Computer engineering) with minimum (5) years’ experience in Medical Device or combination product development.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Experience with digital product development, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

  • Experience with hardware and software integration

  • Experience with appropriate global regulations and standards - ISO 60601, Design Control - CFR 820.30, ISO 62304, ISO13485, ISO 14971, etc.

  • Experience in performing technology assessments, typically supporting due diligence activities.

  • Experience with the commercialization of medical devices, including combination products and connected drug delivery systems

  • Demonstrated expertise in digital health and connectivity.

  • Experience with technical leadership of internal and external teams and a demonstrated record of developing intellectual property

  • Able to work collaboratively

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Able to tailor communications for the audience

  • Understands how user needs drive requirements

  • Able to estimate activities and resources required to support a project

  • Self-starter


Travel of up to 25% may be required

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