Shire Sr. Clinical Project Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for the planning, implementation, execution and management of one or more complex clinical research studies.

  • Manages clinical outsourcing to CROs and other vendors such as IRT, central and specialty labs, etc.

  • May author, review and approve various study related documents and plans.

  • Evaluates issues, interprets data, and suggests and implements solutions and mitigation as required.

  • Leads cross-functional team and is responsible for the financial management of the study(ies).



  • Represents and leads the study team to design, develop and deliver the clinical study in accordance with the clinical development plan/strategy, budget and timeline

  • Authors/contributes to clinical study documents.

  • Reviews and approves study related plans generated by Clinical CROs and vendors

  • Provides input as the subject matter expert for the study during regulatory inspections.


  • Responsible for the clinical review and/or approval of CRFs, completion guidelines and the data review plan

  • Responsible for oversight of identification and selection of investigator sites.

  • Responsible for planning and conducting investigator’s meetings.

  • Provides input and coordinates the delivery of clinical trial supplies in collaboration with Clinical Supply team.

  • Collaborates with the cross-functional team on selection and management of clinical vendors.

  • Liaises and coordinates with document specialists regarding study files.

  • Manages escalation of study related issues and communicates as appropriate with management and other R&D functions.

  • Ability to anticipate potential study issues and to prepare contingency plans with minimal oversight.


  • Trains and manages CRO and other clinical vendor activities to ensure the quality meets Shire and regulatory requirements.

  • Monitors the status of clinical data collection of assigned clinical studies.

  • May perform periodic visits to sites and/or CROs to assess progress of studies/protocol compliance.

  • Monitors progress of clinical activity and produces regular and ad hoc reports and presentations as required.

  • Oversees and monitors the management of clinical studies ensuring they are conducted in accordance with the approved study plans through regular investigator site / CRO / clinical vendor contact.

  • Responsible for maintaining tracking information in the clinical trial management system, confirming resolution of data quality issues with the CRO.

  • Reviews correspondence and monitoring reports relating to the study.

  • Evaluates CRO and vendor performance for future work.

  • Provides periodic status reports regarding study timelines, budget issues, accruals, etc. to Global Clinical Operations Lead (GCOL) as requested.


  • Develops and monitors budget for clinical study, and reviews budgets and contracts with CROs, vendors, and investigative sites (as applicable).

  • Requests and critically evaluates proposals and change orders from CROs and vendors.

  • Leads team through selection process and provides input into contracts, change orders, and/or work orders.


  • Maintains knowledge of therapeutic area, current medical practice and pharmaceutical regulations in order to ensure best practice across all activities.

  • Supports department initiatives and process improvements.

  • May mentor other Study Managers.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Scientific/health care field preferred, but not required.

  • Experience (5+ years) working in clinical research within a pharmaceutical company or CRO or similar organization.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of applicable computer and project management software packages, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and Power Point

  • Familiarity with financial budgeting and forecasting or reporting

  • Requires strong attention to detail and the ability to establish priorities, schedule and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work successfully within a cross-functional team and a matrix organization.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to interact with investigators, vendors, and individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Working knowledge of current global regulatory requirements and guidelines governing clinical research.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Ability to manage and communicate effectively with research vendors including reviewing requests for proposals, analyzing scope of work, and responding to inquiries and complaints.

  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, take initiative and complete tasks to deadlines, and resolve/escalate problems in a timely manner.

Internal and External Contacts

  • This job reports to Clinical Programs Team Lead and functionally accountable to the Clinical Programs Lead/GCOL.

  • Internal stakeholders include the cross-functional study team and other stakeholders as identified.

  • External stakeholders include counterparts at Contract Research Organizations and vendors (e.g. clinical laboratories), investigative sites, and other stakeholders as identified.

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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.