Manager, Internal Oncology Communications

Lake County, IL, US
Jul 16, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Oncology Franchise Marketing is a newly formed function within Oncology Marketing that will maximize operations and execution effectiveness with a variety of marketing programs, including internal communications. This group will work collaboratively across Oncology to establish and manage the annual communication plan, as well as work with AbbVie internal functions to support the execution of those plans.

As a newly formed function, the Manager, Internal Communications (AD) will play an important role in setting the strategy, vision and future operations for the internal communications function within Oncology Franchise Marketing. Once designed, the Manager will lead and manage internal communications across all of AbbVie Oncology. This role will play a critical role in increasing awareness of key initiatives and contributing to the continued growth of the Oncology Franchise.

The successful candidate can work at a strategic level with senior management and at a tactical level aligning various team members and contributors. The role will involve coordination of cross-functional resources to develop strategies, content and internal communications. The ideal candidate will have proven written and communication experience, outstanding project management skills, excellent attention to detail. This role will require a good understanding of sales force needs and expectations of communications. The role will be responsible for creating the communications plan, driving alignment across Oncology leadership and championing the process to increase efficiencies and clarity in communications with the franchise.

This role requires the ability to work collaboratively across a matrixed organization. This role will interface and work closely with Hematology and Solid Tumor cross functional teams, marketing, internal and external agency partners, MHC/GPO, Medical, MABI, Legal, OEC, GMCO, Patient Advocacy and collaboration partners.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the development of the annual internal communications strategy across Oncology Franchise leadership
  • Create, maintain and execute the internal communications plan, including drafting and executing communications, planning and managing key internal meetings (town halls, memos, video/telecoms, work space creative)
  • Leverage innovative and unique communications platforms and strategies to engage audience and deliver messaging in compelling way
  • Work with internal and external agency partners as needed in support of the internal communications plan
  • Manage internal communications budget across the Oncology Franchise
  • Manage the medical, legal, regulatory review process for any communications or materials requiring review
  • Manage the internal communications governance process
  • Perform analysis and report on any key performance metrics related to internal communications and make recommendations for optimization
  • Partner with the Oncology Franchise Marketing Associate Product Manager to oversee the pan oncology, brand and indication specific calendar to track communications in support of sales meetings, launch meetings, LRRs, advisory boards, congresses, internal events that require leadership participation

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, English or related field
  • 7+ years' experience in public relations, communications, marketing or sales in the pharmaceutical industry or related industry
  • Ability to work well with others and properly manage work with counterpart(s)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to influence/motivate stakeholders and drive toward consensus
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to establish logical flow and story and skilled in choosing best graphic representation for points to be made
  • Experience presenting to senior management
  • Excellent experience of developing and implementing communications plans across multiple sales forces and geographies
  • Strong experience working with multiple vendors to develop best in class solutions
  • Demonstrable capability in managing large scale, cross-functional projects


  • Knowledge and experience in the solid tumor and hematology oncology markets
  • Knowledge of AbbVie policies, procedures, culture, and other brand team operations

Role may be filled as a grade 18 or 19 depending on experience.

Key Stakeholders:

  • Hematology and Solid Tumor cross functional teams, marketing, internal and external agency partners, MHC/GPO, Medical, MABI, Legal, OEC, GMCO, Patient Advocacy, Commercial Excellence and collaboration partners.