Sr. Director, Portfolio Program Management, TA Head

Lake County, IL
Apr 13, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Key Responsibility Areas:

  1. Leadership of the assigned Program Management Therapeutic Area(s)
  2. Drives optimal Therapeutic Area Strategy Council (TASC) operations with a cross-functional strategic mindset
  3. Supports optimized Asset Development Team (ADT)/Asset Leadership Board (ALB) operations and drives consistency across teams and TAs
  4. Seeks process improvement opportunities for AbbVie's drug development process

Detailed Responsibilities:


  1. Leadership of the assigned Program Management Therapeutic Area(s)
    • Line management responsibilities for ALB/ADT PM staff (and sub-team PM staff to the extent they're supported centrally)
    • Manages TA PM program assignments and resource allocation
    • Recruits, develops, manages and retains TA PM staff
    • Ensures a cross-functional mindset for PM staff and for their interactions on their ALBs/ADTs
    • Driving development and continual elevation of the standard of program management at AbbVie through coaching, mentoring, timely feedback, guidance and support
    • Drive shared learning across PM staff to aid increased consistency across teams both in standards of PM support and team operations
    • Ensures application of best practice program management
  2. Drives optimal TASC operations with a cross-functional strategic mindset
    • Serves as a core member of the TASC (co-led by development and commercial TA Heads)
    • Coordinates TASC activities and deliverables and drives cross-functional alignment within TASC and structures TASC discussions to drive good decision making practices
    • Actively contributes to cross-functional TASC discussions both from a PM functional perspective, and a cross-functional strategic perspective
    • Leads and coordinates TASC development of the cross-functional TA Strategy and drives cross-functional alignment in execution to the TA strategy
    • Ensures appropriate risk and issue identification and management both for ALBs/ADTs and for TASC
  3. Supports optimized ADT/ALB operations and drives consistency across teams and TAs
    • Accountable for helping teams navigate the governance process effectively and efficiently and appropriate use of each forum
    • Ensures high performing ADTs/ALBs through monitoring and assessing team's performance within TA, and driving shared learning and collaborating with other TA PM heads to ensure consistency across the portfolio
    • Provides guidance to ALBs/ADTs for deliverables (e.g. program strategies, milestone progression materials, etc.)
  4. Seeks process improvement opportunities for AbbVie's drug development process
    • Drives adherence to the AbbVie drug development process and team operations and consistency across teams and TAs (in partnership with other PM TA Head colleagues)
    • Partners with colleagues in the PM organization and governance teams to seek process improvement opportunities and champions their execution







  • 8-10+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles associated with drug development (research and development, commercial, project management, operations) with a track record of expertise in one or more therapeutic areas
  • Minimum of 5 years leading drug development teams as a cross-functional program management director (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5 years directly managing staff and building staff capabilities
  • Strong strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Seasoned communication skills and executive presence
  • Broad knowledge of program management practices in the pharmaceutical industry








  • Experience in late stage drug development, including being a part of a launch team
  • Experience with both global and regional teams in the pharmaceutical industry