Lead, Human Factors Engineering

Shire Pharmaceuticals Lexington, MA Closed
Shire Pharmaceuticals is looking for Lead, Human Factors Engineering in Lexington, MA. This local job opportunity with ID 11118113 is live since 11/14/2018.

The Lead, Human Factors Engineering will lead human factors work to support the development of devices and combination products for delivery of Shire’s wide portfolio of drugs and biologics. As part of human factors work, the Lead will also be responsible for planning and executing early stage user research, focusing on unmet user needs, to inform development.


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Job Function and Description


Work with external human factors consultants to plan, conduct and report out early stage user research, including developing proposals for user research for different products


With direction, responsible for leading all activities needed to support human factors deliverables for a device or combination product development project


Build an internal understanding of Shire product users through synthesis of user research outputs. This includes creating tools to organize and reference user research outputs for device and combination product development


Actively participate on device and combination product development teams to ensure human factors engineering and user research inputs are considered and implemented at appropriate points in the development process


Create and communicate project plans, tasks and deliverables. This includes reporting information at key milestones through clear written and verbal communications


Lead efforts to develop processes and procedures that align to company initiatives and relevant human factors engineering standards

Education and Experience Requirements

  • B.S. in Human Factors Engineering, or equivalent. A minimum or 10 years of human factors engineering experience – OR –
  • M.S. in Human Factors Engineering, or equivalent. A minimum of 5 years of human factors engineering experience – OR –
  • Ph. D. in Human Factors Engineering, or equivalent.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

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made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to provide technical leadership for human factors engineering aspects of device and combination product development
  • Experience in the design and conduct of user research (e.g., discussion guide development, session moderation)
  • Experience implementing HFE standards and guidances
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendation based on technical inputs from multiple sources
  • Ability to be collaborative and flexible in approach to solving human factors challenges
  • Strong communication skills and ability to perform within a cross-functional team environment

Complexity and Problem Solving

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

  • Responsible for determining approach for human factors work, including tailoring HF deliverables based on risk associated with the product (i.e., use-related risk, regulatory risk, business risk, etc.). This includes determining the scale and timing of required user research, formative and summative human factors evaluations.

Internal and External Contacts

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job is accountable. Indicate each Contact category (Internal, Vendor, Customer, or Other) and

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  • This role interacts extensively with a wide variety of internal contacts, most notably individuals in engineering, quality, clinical & medical affairs, regulatory affairs, commercial, legal and purchasing.
  • This role interacts extensively with external HF consultants. The Lead will be responsible for selecting consultants to perform HF research and studies, and managing the work of consultants throughout the engagements.

Other Job Requirements

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  • Some travel, up to 25%
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