Shire Nordic-Baltic Regulatory Affairs Cluster Lead in Stockholm, Sweden

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for the management and strategic direction of the RA function in the Nordic-Baltic cluster, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

• Ensure compliance of marketing authorisation dossiers with local regulatory requirements

• Accountable for adherence of the RA function to the Corporate Quality System

• Foster and maintain relationship and communication with competent regulatory health authorities in the Cluster

• Assume RA responsibilities for new products and lifecycle management in support of EU RA Strategists, GRA and local operating companies (LOC)

• Act as RA Representative in NORBALT Leadership Team and R&D Council



  • Provide leadership to a team of several RA professionals located within LOC offices in the cluster

  • Support Country RA team design and resourcing to meet local regulatory requirements

  • Ensure staff hiring, training and development

  • Accountable for goal setting, performance monitoring, workload distribution and team governance

  • Ensure alignment of RA Team focus with global R&D and regional franchise strategies

  • Develop and manage the budget

  • Drive continuous improvement and simplification of processes in close collaboration EU RA leadership and local partners

  • Creates an open collaborative environment within LOC stakeholders and Global functions


  • Assign product responsibilities in the team; may assume personally part of product portfolio activities, and ensure oversight

  • Ensure handling of marketing authorization submissions and variations in close collaboration with EU RA Strategy team according to Shire EU RA operating model and local regulations

  • Ensure final product labeling in compliance with CCDS

  • Ensure regulatory review and approval of promotional materials

  • Ensure appropriate RA support for local product launches and early access programs

  • Ensure appropriate contract and oversight is in place with any external partners who support Regulatory Affairs activities for the cluster

  • Represent the NORBALT region at European and International RA level and support the EU regional alignment on LOC RA working practices

  • Support the European RA leadership on ad hoc issues or lead European alignment on topic areas assigned by Head RA EU LOC.

  • Act as RA representative in the NORBALT Leadership Team and R&D Council to ensure “One R&D voice” is delivered in the cluster

  • May be asked to oversee certain clinical trial authorization submissions to local competent authorities


  • Be the primary contact for regulatory health authorities (HA) in national (phase of) procedures and post-approval, including HA liaison regarding field corrective actions / direct healthcare professional communications, risk minimisation measures or supply constraints.

  • Support EU regional RA strategists in their regulatory authority communication related to European submissions and management of scientific advice meetings


  • Proactively follow the evolution of local regulatory landscape, monitor applicable local regulations and ensure clear communication of country regulatory requirements to cluster functions and global RA

  • Ensure permanent inspection-readiness of RA function in accordance with local regulations and internal standards and policies

  • Ensure timely local implementation and tracking of safety labeling changes

  • Ensure oversight of the local promotional material review process in the cluster, in close collaboration with Country Medical Heads, Compliance Officer and GRA International Ad&Prom team

  • Implement Global/Regional Shire SOPs into local RA practice; where necessary, create local SOP addenda

  • Support as applicable the planning, execution and follow-up of internal audits and HA inspections in conjunction with Quality functions

Education and Experience Requirements

• Master Degree in Pharmacy or Life Sciences (Ph.D. or Pharm.D preferred).

• Minimum 15 years in pharmaceutical environment including significant regulatory affairs responsibilities in a multinational company or health authority

• Proven experience and relationship with Regulatory Authorities in the cluster.

• Several years experience in people management

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

• Knowledge of the national and EU pharmaceutical legislation

• Understanding of Drug Development and Marketing processes and requirements

• Strong scientific background

• Demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, and develop a diverse team

• Proven interpersonal, communication, analytical, and organizational skills

• Ability to challenge self and others to overcome barriers and deliver high quality solutions

• Able to deal with complex and sensitive issues

• Able to drive alignment between functional and commercial objectives

• Strong judgment and decision-making skills with the ability to recommend appropriate risk-taking and understanding how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategies.

• Effectively embraces change and is able to flourish in a global structure, aligning people and processes to deliver excellence.

• Ability to effectively manage multiple competing tasks and work in a fast paced environment;

• Consistently exhibits Shire’s Leadership Behaviors and integrates Shire's Code of Ethics into all aspects of business activity.

• Excellent command of English and a Nordic language (native speaker preferred), competency in further languages of the cluster is a plus

Complexity and Problem Solving

Describe the decisions made by the incumbents on a regular basis. Include decisions within the

Incumbent’s authority to make as well as those decisions that must be referred to a higher level.

• Works autonomously in line with the strategic objectives agreed with International RA Leadership / EU LOC RA and Commercial leadership.

• Decides independently on workload assignment, resolution of local regulatory issues and staff training within the framework of Shire EU RA operating model.

• Accepts or rejects AdProm content and labeling artwork content

• Takes lead on assessing complex challenges linked to commercial initiatives and makes considered and strategic recommendations within the range of experience.

• Informs regulatory authorities on issues/concerns affecting products on the territories, upon consultation with EU RA Strategist

• Seeks prior alignment at European level on questions regarding process definitions / SOPs and regarding submission strategy /dossier scientific content.

• Initiate calls / meetings with higher level to communicate / clarify significant questions

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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.