Therapeutic Area Lead, US, Neuroscience

Lake County, IL, US
Jan 19, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
US Medical Affairs serves as a critically important bridge between AbbVie's science and real world medical practice. As an organization, we are responsible for the practical and clinically meaningful data strategy and delivery of information regarding marketed and investigational therapies in order to inform clinical practice and transform patient care.
The TA Lead role in the US provides leadership and oversight of a specific Therapeutic Area, and the Medical team members working on that team. The role reports to the US Medical Affairs TA Head, Specialty.

Key responsibilities Include:

  • Actively participates in advancing and communicating corporate and USMA philosophy and priorities. Accountable for hiring, training, supervising and developing US TA team members, including MSL's. May supervise 2-10 employees, including MDs or other high level scientific degrees. Responsible for all aspects of talent management for team and provides feedback as part of TA management.
  • Accountable for clinical research deliverables by the US TA. Also accountable for effective collaboration with Global Medical Affairs and Clinical Development around scientific/clinical strategies, trial designs, and trial implementation (as appropriate). Assists with the scientific review, development, approval, execution and communication of US medical affairs sponsored or supported clinical research activities, including external collaborations.
  • Accountable for development of the TA Medical Function Plan and effective execution of that plan, and for oversight and completion of Med Affairs deliverables.
  • Drives medical affairs activities and generation and dissemination of data supporting overall product scientific and business strategy. May interact with and coordinates appropriate scientific and medical activities with internal stakeholders (i.e. commercial, clinical operations, discovery, statistics, regulatory, etc...) as they relate to on-going medical affairs projects.
  • Strong collaboration with commercial colleagues to ensure effective cross-functional partnerships and business delivery.
  • May act as consultant/liaison with other corporations when working under licensing agreements and/or in the evaluation of new business development opportunities.
  • Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a therapeutic area resource. Oversight of the development of scientifically accurate medical education programs, symposia, and advisory boards. Maintains an up-to-date understanding of competitor product information.
  • Represents AbbVie at external meetings including scientific association meetings, advisory boards, etc. May act as medical/scientific leader for several programs within a therapeutic area. Represents the medical function on cross-functional integrated teams for medical affairs activities.
  • Leads and drives the Medical Affairs strategy for the TA and is a key internal contact/subject matter expert. May lead cross functional teams in development and execution of strategic initiatives requiring integration of multiple subprojects within the therapeutic area or Medical Affairs function. Ensures budgets, timelines, compliance requirements are factored into programs' scientific activities.

  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD, DO, PharmD) with relevant therapeutic experience (Neuroscience) in the pharmaceutical industry (medical affairs preferred) and/or a clinical practice, academic or hospital environment highly preferred. A minimum of 8 years of this experience is preferred. Some Pharmaceutical and or biotech industry experience is strongly preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills in a a cross-functional team environment, including strategy design and implementation, and people management. Leadership experience at both the global and affiliate levels is preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate and influence effectively externally and internally to support global business strategy.
  • Ability to run medical affairs team independently with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience and/or understanding in development strategy and the design of protocols.
  • Ability to interpret clinical trial data, including real world evidence, appropriately and effectively. Ability to assess clinical and business gaps and to develop a cohesive scientific strategy to address those gaps.
  • Demonstrated skill navigating the medical/commercial interface collaboratively and effectively, ensuring that customer and business needs are met compliantly.
  • Experience and skill in the communication with customers through multiple channels. Demonstrated ability to drive innovative solutions strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills. Strong presentation skills are preferred.
  • Basic understanding of Pharmacovigilance practices for Clinical Development programs.
  • Demonstrated sense of urgency and strong goal orientation, an ability to make decisions and a history of meeting deadlines and objectives.

    Key AbbVie Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance
  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change the course quickly where indicated
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.

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