Shire Project Leader in Lessines (Baxalta), Belgium


Manage projects, programs, portfolio and change control for material changes/implementation (raw material, auxiliaries, excipients, packaging, labels) for all Shire Tech Ops manufacturing sites ensuring supply continuity and business growth.

Coordinate the implementation of raw materials and artworks for a group of products while balancing plant efficiency, sales, distribution, customer service, and meeting inventory, manufacturing, quality and regulatory requirements.

Align controversial Supply Chain factors and needs (Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management) in the context of material/label change to one Supply Chain implementation strategy and decision making process.


  • Project and portfolio management / 75%

  • Manage overall portfolio and projects for raw material and label changes for all Shire products/plants considering lowest possible impact on market supply and manufacturing operations while still maintaining highest possible efficiency in change implementation.

  • Lead cross-divisional or cross-functional projects with a broad scope Identify and engage necessary resources. Identify barriers and recommend solutions. Develop a project plan and execute to timeline. Communicate project status to requestors, customers and senior management.

  • Define implementation plan and if required mitigation strategy based on supply/demand forecast. Optimize inventory levels with Supply Planning to reduce the financial impact of the change while securing the launch of the new material.

  • Align different Supply Chain views and needs (Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management) in the context of material/label change to one Supply Chain implementation strategy.

  • Leads global teams (internal/external) in defining program strategies, developing goals, assigning project tasks and ensures the team meets all goals.

  • Analyze complex data with the understanding of trade-offs between different business objectives and present recommendations

  • Process management / 10%

  • Transparently monitor, control and report process performance of material/label changes.

  • Ensure globally harmonized application of raw material and artwork implementation processes across the different functions and facilities

  • Define and control transparent process for business case development of requested material / label changes as base for definition of project priority and required implementation target date.

  • Continuous process alignment and improvement

  • Problem solving / 5%

  • Initiate escalation process and facilitate problem solving for issues endanger supply continuity or fulfillment of business critical goals.

  • Consultation / 5%

  • Represent Supply Chain in material/artwork projects (if not driven/managed by Material Change Management), provide expert statements and provide training/technical consultation if required.

  • Relations / 5%

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with customers (sites), stakeholders, third parties/vendors.


  • Education in natural sciences, biotechnology or engineering: minimum bachelor degree (or at least 5 years proven practical experience as described below)

  • if bachelor or higher: min 2 years of professional experience in manufacturing and/or quality in (bio)pharmaceutical production (GMP environment)

  • Project Management Change Control, Supply Chain, Materials Management knowledge

  • IT: ERP systems (C3ME or others), EQM systems, project management tools, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • English (fluent)


  • practical experience in material and/or label change in GMP environment

  • specific/certified education in Supply Chain Management or Project Management beneficial

Soft Skills

  • very good communication skills

  • analytical and problem solving skills, high hands-on mentality

  • ability to act independently and on own responsibility

  • team minded and structured working

  • ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at a time

  • passion to innovate and drive for solutions

  • eagerness to learn and continuously improve

  • respect for individuals and the diverse contributions of all

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.