Medical Science Director, Global Medical Affairs Rheumatology

Lake County, IL, US
Dec 19, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Global Medical Affairs (GMA) organization provides patients, healthcare providers and payers everywhere with the practical and clinically relevant information and solutions they need to use AbbVie products safely and effectively, throughout the product lifecycle and the patient's journey.

Primary Job Function:

  • Works within the Rheumatology Global Medical Affairs Team driving a wide range of pre-launch and on-market activities including upadacitinib and adalimumab
  • Drives and influences GMA input into the launch and on-market strategy of late stage assets
  • Provides specialist medical/scientific insights, and executes on data generation, communication, and expert engagement activities as deliverables to the Asset Development Teams (ADTs), including leading or contributing to: comprehensive gap assessment, development of Scientific Communication Platform, and development of total evidence plans
  • May lead external stakeholder interactions (Payers, Patients, Prescribers, and Providers)
  • Generates clinical and scientific data (enhancing therapeutic benefit and value)
  • Drives scientific communication initiatives (both internal and external medical education, data, guidelines and value proposition)
  • Ensures safeguard of patient safety is at the forefront (risk minimization activities /safety surveillance activities)

Key responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with Global Medical teams, Clinical Development, Commercial, Market Access, HEOR and other functional areas, provides leadership, oversight and support for on-market and late-stage pipeline assets
  • Works closely with Global Medical and Brand Teams, cross-functional teams US, Area and Affiliate medical teams, to provide input to asset strategies, and drive medical activities
  • Provides scientific and technical support; delivers scientific presentations; develops and maintains professional and credible relationships with key opinion leaders; actively participates in relevant Development and Commercial cross-functional teams and drives the development of medical affairs objectives aligned with the strategies for assigned asset
  • Develops innovative research concepts for clinical data generation; provides relevant scientific and technical training to internal teams global
  • Works cross functionally to develop the Integrated Evidence Plan including Phase 3b/4 strategy
  • Review, assess and report applicable Adverse Events (AE's) and Serious Adverse Events (SAE's) if assigned to Abbvie clinical studies
  • Initiate Medical Affairs activities;generation and dissemination of data supporting overall product scientific and business strategy
  • May lead the development and execution of advisory boards, immunology scientific booths (in collaboration with Clinical Development and Clinical Operations) and medical education programs
  • Provides scientific/medical education to investigators, clinical monitors, and Asset Team members related to therapeutic area or disease specific information
  • Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a Immunology and specific therapeutic area resource
  • May lead cross functional sub teams responsible for discrete projects within the specific therapeutic area (data analysis, expert engagement, individual publications, study collaborations)
  • Initiate research projects and drive them to completion, resulting in high quality publications
  • Lead the development and execution on internal training activities related to assigned assets
  • If required, represent Medical Affairs in due diligence activities for the acquisition of assets aligned with the rheumatology strategy.
  • Ensure budgets, timelines, compliance requirements are factored into scientific activities and programs


Hire will be at Medical/Scientific Director or Associate Medical/Associate Scientific Director level based on candidate experience and qualifications. The level will be determined through assessment of experience and education.
  • Medical Doctorate (M.D.), PhD degree or equivalent (D.O. or non-US equivalent of M.D. meet requirements).
  • Completion of residency and/or fellowship in Immunology is preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of clinical trial or medical affairs experience in the pharmaceutical industry or academia or equivalent. 3+ years of experience is preferred. Expert knowledge in a relevant therapeutic specialty.
  • Proven leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment. Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience in development strategy and the design of protocols.
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.
  • Proven ability to run a clinical study or medical affairs cross-functional team

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled