Director, US Therapeutic Area Strategies, Oncology and Specialty, Government Affairs

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 04, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Director, US Therapeutic Area Strategies (TAS) is responsible for supporting US Government Affairs (USGA) objectives and devising and implementing comprehensive government affairs strategies that (1) support key brands within Oncology and Specialty (Hepatitis C, Women's Health, Neuroscience) (2) positively influence the policy, legislative and regulatory environments in the United States, and (3) build and sustain advocacy partnerships that are specific to the company's priority therapeutic areas. This position will serve as a liaison between USGA and the US commercial organization, sharing business developments, risks and opportunities with USGA colleagues and providing legislative intelligence and insights to the brand teams.

• Serve as connector for USGA function to the Commercial organization by ensuring close alignment and understanding of commercial and pipeline priorities with a focus on advancing access opportunities and addressing access challenges.

• Serve as resource to USGA on therapeutic area-specific needs.

• Identify GA opportunities to drive access and address access barriers and challenges to our priority therapeutic areas in alignment with relevant GA teams.

• Develop and drive GA launch readiness approach in collaboration with USGA and other core functions.

• Align with US Federal and State Government Affairs teams and Global Public Policy, Research and Analytics (GPPRA) to provide on-going advice and guidance to the commercial organization on policy and political developments that directly impact our therapeutic areas.

• Align with Global TAS team members to inform and support early brand strategy development and engagement efforts for pipeline products.

Core Responsibilities

• Serve as the Government Affairs designated partner and single point of contact for the US brand teams in Oncology and Specialty. Support and align with brand teams for brand planning, strategy development and capacity building across a product's life cycle.

• Advise and collaborate with leaders from HQ, US brand teams and other functional areas to develop government affairs strategies that support the commercial business units. Manage external resources to implement GA strategies. Provide strategic counsel to US brand teams to ensure effective alignment with corporate policy positions.

• Support key brands within Oncology and Specialty (Hepatitis C, Women's Health, Neuroscience) portfolios and work towards a more favorable environment for AbbVie's business activities by impacting governmental policies to positively affect patient access and reimbursement among government and commercial players.

• Anticipate trends in external environment that will impact AbbVie and develop plans to address areas of concern. Develop and manage plan of engagement to achieve productive long term working relationships for AbbVie and the brand with all relevant third-party groups.

• Mobilize appropriate policy, public affairs and government relations resources to ensure implementation of therapeutic area-specific government affairs strategies. Collaborate cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to ensure alignment of strategies.

• Implement and monitor systems to measure effectiveness and impact of public policy and government affairs activities on the policy environment; develop and track key outcomes and deliverables; develop and manage program budgets.

• Ten or more years of relevant experience in either the pharmaceutical industry, another health care sector, or in public policy or public relations role. Ability to integrate political, policy and government affairs expertise to develop effective strategies and implementation plans. Experience in Government or Public Affairs and access campaigns including designing and leading coalitions and campaigns required.

• Advanced knowledge and understanding in the core areas of government affairs and policy (Stakeholder and Alliance Development, Government Relations, Medical and Science Policy, Policy and Economic Analysis) to maximize colleague contributions. Knowledge of relevant therapeutic areas and affiliated advocacy community.

• Ability to lead and contribute to cross-functional teams. Broad-based background with working with stakeholders who have an impact on product development and life-cycle.

• Well-honed political acumen and impeccable integrity while having the executive presence necessary to deal effectively with high-profile stakeholders such as company executives and a variety of external constituencies including governments and leadership of multi-lateral organizations.

• Strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, the ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, resourcefulness and creativity, strong attention to detail, a proven track record of being able to work under deadlines and an ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.

• Ability to work well in a team environment and a collegial, yet highly demanding culture. Must be able to work collaboratively with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.

• Bachelor's degree in related field such as health care administration, political science, public administration or policy required. Advance degree preferred.

• Domestic travel required. (25 percent)

Key Stakeholders

Internally with US integrated brand teams, senior management and other functions. Externally with policymakers, patient and physician groups, and other third-party groups.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


25% Travel