Specialty Training Director, Oncology

Lake County, Illinois, USA
May 08, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The Company's mission is to create an innovation-driven, patient-focused specialty biopharmaceutical company capable of achieving sustainable top-tier performance through outstanding execution and a consistent stream of innovative new medicines. AbbVie employs approximately 29,000 colleagues worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. AbbVie is striving to outsmart cancer by working with scientists, physicians, industry peers, patient advocacy groups and, most importantly, patients to discover, develop, and provide new therapies that will have a remarkable impact on the lives of people around the world affected by cancer. Our goal is to provide medicines that make a transformational improvement in cancer treatment and outcomes for cancer patients. By exploring and investing in new pathways, technologies, and approaches, AbbVie is breaking ground in some of the most widespread and difficult-to-treat cancers. We are also exploring solutions to help patients obtain access to our cancer medicines. With the acquisition of Pharmacyclics in 2015 and Stemcentrx in 2016, and through several collaborations, AbbVie's oncology portfolio consists of marketed medicines and a pipeline containing multiple new molecules being actively evaluated worldwide in 200+ clinical trials in 20+ different cancers and tumor types. For more information about AbbVie Oncology, please visit https://abbvieoncology.com. The Director, Field Training position has two primary goals. First, to ensure that all representatives, account executives, patient services professional and managers in Specialty Sales have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet/exceed the goals of their specific position. Second, to ensure that the Specialty training team, both direct and indirect reports, is effectively developed to advance their careers within AbbVie. Key Responsibilities Include:
Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system by: 1. Partnering effectively with the business to
Create short and long term training strategy for specific audiences which includes identification of training needs, prioritization of training implementation, partnering to develop training, and evaluation of effectiveness for both Initial Sales Training and continuing education of experienced sales force.
Proactively partner with marketing, sales management, and MHC training to understand market, health care provider, patients and product changes to determine implications for sales force development. 2. Develop and delivery appropriate and impactful account and sales force training
Be accountable for all aspects of training specific audiences and sales forces (reps, AEs, Patient Services Professionals, DMs, RMs, SDs) on selling skills, disease state knowledge, product knowledge, knowledge of US Commercial sales policies and procedures (including compliance-related policies), managed healthcare, key operating systems (e.g., iRep, 1View, expense reporting, etc.), territory/district/region management and coaching/leadership.
Ensure appropriate venues are selected for impactful training (ex., classroom, meetings, teleconference, and virtual live streaming webinars)
Ensure there are pull through initiatives in the field to reinforce training initiatives (ex. coaching guides).
Ensure alignment and integration of performance standards and systems to assess sales forces capabilities. 3. Departmental Development
Provide robust structured developmental job for sales trainers and sales training managers so they are top candidates in the recruiting pools for marketing managers, account executives, DM and RM positions respectively.

The number of direct & indirect reports will vary based on the number and size of franchises supported.
In addition, this position will include the managing of vendor resources as contracted, as well as the coordination of activities for program implementations.
This position is accountable to improve proficiency/effectiveness of account executives and the sales forces' knowledge of managed healthcare and public policy as well as how to leverage this information to improve sales. Improved proficiency has a positive impact on the attainment of area sales goals. Incumbent has full authority to revise and implement new training and development programs that are required to meet the needs. Incumbent has responsibility and/or influence over a training budget of $ 1 - 3 MM. Responsibilities will impact approximately 100 employees across US Commercial. Basic
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Knowledge of applicable regulations and standards affecting Pharmaceutical Products (e.g. CFR 210/211, cGMP) specifically, Operating Guidelines, PhRMA Guidelines, AbbVie Code of Business Conduct.
  • 8-10 years: combination of sales and sales training experience required.
  • Sales management experience, at the District Manager level or above, required.
  • Must have proven experience in identifying training needs and effectively addressing those needs.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and professionally with Commercial management and with cross-divisional teams
  • Needs to have recent relevant commercial experience in the Oncology space, specifically hematology and or/solid tumor product and disease state experience
  • Master's degree or extensive experience in training & development is preferred.
  • Oncology Sales management experience, at the Regional Manager level or above preferred
  • Oncology Marketing and/or Oncology Training experience at the Manager level or above also preferred

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