Director, Therapeutic Area Strategic Planning & Operations (Chief of Staff)

Lake County, Illinois, USA
Feb 20, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Partner with Therapeutic Area (TA) Vice President (VP) in Drug Development to drive and implement the vision of Therapeutic Area. Identify needs and provide recommendations to TA VP in supporting the achievement of corporate goals while responding effectively to changing priorities. Represent TA specific interests and collaborate cross-functionally. Reports to Therapeutic Area Vice President in Development

  • Serves as Chief of Staff for the TA VP by independently representing TA VPs views and communicates back to TA VP items that require the VP's attention
  • Provides TA VP strategic and operational options for the department, including contingency planning.
  • Oversees the collection, synthesis and communication of relevant external information that informs the TA strategy across all functions. (e.g. Congress scientific insights, consortia)
  • Coordinates scientific competitive intelligence for Therapeutic Area to turn data and insights into useful working knowledge for disease area experts in support of advancing the pipeline. Anticipates potential changes in the competitive environment and proactively develops scenarios for adjustments to strategy.
  • Partners with Senior Director, Program Management to support TA strategy development.
  • Partners with TA Operations Manager to collect and report financial and human resource data for the TA, and to to ensure efficient and effective allocation of resources to ensure that TA Development expertise is available when and where it is needed.
  • Works with TA leaders to identify, prioritize and cultivate meaningful external collaborations with key stakeholders (e.g. Consortia) to generate insights and support strategy development.
  • Works with TA Staff to enhance teamwork and department culture, identify issues and partners with TA Leaders to identify workable solutions.
  • Leads Therapeutic Area initiatives to result in operational efficiencies, enhance culture or improve decision-making.
  • Participate in organizing TA related M&A, licensing, partnership, and due diligence activities and determine needed communications to the appropriate team members as opportunities progress through the process.
  • Develops and maintains business relationships across functional areas across AbbVie to implement frameworks that ensure TA Development expertise, capabilities, budget and resources are available and leveraged appropriately through the portfolio.
  • Support World-class R&D initiative by forging strategic, multi-year partnerships with top-tier academic institutions. Lead development of concept framework, initiate discussions with target institutions, and guide Transaction team during negotiations. Upon contract execution, drive all key components of academic collaborations (e.g., Discovery, Development, HEOR, etc.) to ensure adherence to timelines and budgets.
  • Coordinate and develop executive presentations inclusive of latest clinical data for investment analyst briefings, earnings calls, Board of Directors, Ministries of Health, road shows, etc.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least ten years industry experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical,or other Healthcare related field
  • Experience serving on or working with cross-functional teams and initiatives
Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • At least fifteen years experience in pharmaceutical R&D, preferably in a clinical development function
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams and initiatives
  • Certification in Project Management and/or Lean Six Sigma
Experience & Knowledge

  • Proven ability to lead, manage, and motivate others ina complex, multi-functional matrix environment
  • Broad understanding of the pharmaceutical business
  • Project management/project planning experience on global projects
  • Professional collaboration and leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonaland organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and document complex medical/clinical concepts and processes in both written and oral communication
  • History of anticipating and resolving problems while exhibiting superior judgment and a balanced, realistic understanding of issues
  • Knowledge to representand evaluate strategies forclinical development
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), FDA regulations and guidelines, and international regulatory requirements/guidelines
  • Understanding of how to conceptualize, design, and conduct complex, global clinical trials
  • Understanding of new drug commercialization and business practices.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled