Shire Supply Chain Lead - Piercetown in Dunboyne, Ireland

Piercetown / Ireland

Function (Corporate, International Commercial, Technical Operations etc.):

Supply Chain Planning.

Associate Director

Supply Chain Planning representative in the Plant Site Leadership Team (SLT) and key Supply Chain counterpart for Plant Manager and Quality functions (FQMR).

Leader of an overarching Supply Chain communication and alignment process acting as umbrella function for all supply chain departments: planning, purchasing, warehouse, logistics, master data, Material change management (MCM).

Directly responsible for supply chain planning team (master planners, production planners, analysts, planner buyers and process owners) and warehouse team.

Responsible to oversee all supply chain processes providing leadership and directions to maximize service levels, inventory turns and efficiency.

Actively support plant Long range capacity planning (LRCP) and lead monthly plant Sales & Operations (S&OP) processes.


25 % - 30 %

Plant operative mechanisms and objectives

  • Accountable for service levels, materials availability and inventory goals.

  • Participate in Plant SLT and Plant project portfolio management.

  • Support Plant Manager for weekly schedule adherence (WSA/SNAP) meeting.

  • Lead plant Supply Chain council.

  • Works with quality, manufacturing, PDTS, suppliers, logistics provider (internal and external) in support of business objectives.

Planning processes

  • Support Long Range Capacity Planning processes.

  • Actively participate to the Budget and Forecasts preparation.

  • Lead the monthly plant S&OP process.

  • Oversight for the monthly planning processes at site level

15 %

Material Management

  • Support the planner/buyers team for issues management and to establish general material planning policies.

  • Actively participates in business review meeting with suppliers in order to assess current performance and define future supply guidelines

20 %

Team management

  • Provide strategic, tactical and functional expertise on supply chain activities.

  • Manage and coach planning team and in some cases warehouse team.

  • Provide direction and active support for escalated issues within supply chain area.

  • Responsible for local/global planning and warehouse cost centers.

10 %

Continuous Improvement

  • Review and analyze supply chain KPIs in order to identify corrective and preventive actions

  • Lead, support and promote projects and continuous improvement initiatives

Education and Experience Requirements


  • Supply chain, business administration or other relevant education.

  • More than 7 years of experience in Supply Chain Management in B iopharma industry

  • Fluent in English

  • Strong leadership, communication and emotional intelligence skills

  • Project management skills

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills and in particular Excel and powerpoint


  • APICS certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and/or Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

  • Lean green belt.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

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

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Decisions on necessity of escalation of supply issues to upper management

  • Decisions on priorities for batches to be produced/released/shipped

  • Decisions on changes to be applied on MPS to guarantee its feasibility

  • Prioritization of tasks and initiatives within the team

  • Workload balance evaluation

  • Decisions on projects/initiatives to be launched

Internal and External Contacts


  • Supply Chain team

  • Purchasing

  • Manufacturing

  • Quality

  • Engineering

  • Project Management Office

  • PONE (Product Operations and Network Excellence)

  • PDTS (Product Development Tech Secrives)


  • Active CMOs for Shire.

  • Logistics providers

Other Job Requirements

International travel as required.

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.