Speaker Program Lead

Shire plc   •  

Lexington, MA

5 - 7 years

Posted 239 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Primary Duties

The purpose of this role is to lead the Speaker Program team of 3rd party contractors and to manage and oversee all processes and systems related to the planning and execution of regional educational HCP and Patient Programs.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Partner with business Franchises to understand objectives and develop solutions to successfully execute business priorities for speaker programs
  • Provide oversight and accountability for operationalizing and executing on processes and systems related to the scheduling and coordination of speaker programs, including venue selection, sending invitations, maintaining attendee lists, arranging travel and accommodations, managing program logistics, and processing honoraria/fee for service and expense payments.
  • Manage the 3rd party vendor team including short-and-long-term staffing and resource requirements and annual operating budgets, and ensure all coordinators are effectively trained on all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and any emerging new compliance updates and process enhancements
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with Marketing, Legal, and U.S. Compliance teams
  • Provide leadership and guidance to ensure best practices and solutions are established to meet compliance guidelines and policies, workflow, and logistical execution for programs and intended audience
  • Continuously seek opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of speaker program processes


Job Function and Description


Provide oversight and accountability for speaker programs with patients and Healthcare Providers


Interface with Compliance to ensure that all systems and processes are aligned with requirements


Manage 3rd party contract, vendor and service partners

Education and Experience Requirements

  • BA/BS degree, concentration in business, communications, marketing, operations, meeting planning preferred
  • 5+ years of work experiencerequired, at least 1-2years as a manager with direct reports
  • Prior experience leading teams focused on developing efficient and effective operational processes is required
  • Prior healthcare/pharmaceutical experience is required in Speaker Program and Commercial Compliance
  • Experience working in regulated healthcare operations environment preferred

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience with executing implementation of standardized solutions for ensuring compliance to procedural requirements for government reporting- Sunshine Act for Healthcare professionals
  • Exceptional project management skills with an evident ability to multi-task and prioritize and with attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities and execute results within designated timeframes
  • Ability to take “big picture” view whilst executing tactical deliverables
  • Highly results-oriented with focus on creating measurable value for brand teams and the patients they support

Business Acumen

  • Domain knowledge of the supported Therapeutic Area
  • Understanding of goals and needs of supported Franchise and Commercial Operations functions
  • Knowledgeable about Speaker Program and Vendor Management processes
  • Able to identify stakeholder needs through voice of customer

Interpersonal Skills

  • Strong consultative, listening, problem definition skills
  • Demonstrates critical, creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to produce clear and concise written and verbal communications
  • Ability to influence teams to drive projects and decisions forward
  • Customer service mentality and ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Ability to work well with individuals in all levels of the organization as well as with external vendors and consultants.

Complexity and Problem Solving

 Technical decision making involving multiple constituencies. Prioritization of projects based on agreed business needs and related budgets. Quickly assess critical situations and provide direction for issue resolution. For business related decisions he/she consults with the U.S. I&C and Professional Engagement Lead

Internal and External Contacts

Internal Business Partner Contacts

  • U.S. Marketing Operations team
  • IT, Legal, Regulatory, Compliance, Finance

External Vendor Contracts

  • Service Providers / Consultants
  • Technology Solution Implementation Vendors
  • Government reporting entities

Other Job Requirements         

  • Up to 25% of travel. May vary based on Shire work location and prioritized projects.

Req ID: R0019504