Associate Director, Global Medical Communications

Lake County, IL, US
Aug 13, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Manage a therapeutically aligned pillar of business responsible for the development of medical publications and medical information to ensure high quality medical communications to external stakeholders. Manage a team of Medical Information Specialists, Senior Specialists, Senior Publications Managers and Medical Writers. Oversee the development of strategic publication plans, execution of publication projects, generation and maintenance of medical information and timely responses to requests for medical information.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead a team of therapeutically-aligned publications and medical information specialists to ensure consistent communications to external stakeholders
  • Lead cross-functional Publications Team(s) for priority and/or complex therapeutic areas, as assigned. Lead team meetings/discussions and driving the development of publication strategy, incorporating input from key global stakeholders. Oversee tactical execution of publication plans (ie, clinical manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and oral presentations) that fulfill medical/scientific objectives, meeting established timelines and budgets, ensuring development of high-quality, scientifically ac
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate key and sensitive information to TA and senior leadership. Address and independently resolve, as applicable, communications-related issues for assigned therapeutic areas and assets Lead/participate in department initiatives/activities that impact medical communication practices/processes.
  • Provide managerial oversight of internal staff member(s) that support multiple compounds and/or indications within a therapeutic area, including oversight of work product and activities, ensuring accuracy and adherence to timelines, Policies and associated Procedures.
  • Represent Global Medical Communications at organizational cross-functional team meetings by actively contributing to discussions and sharing important information with Global Medical Communications staff and colleagues. Determine resource requirements for assigned TAs, acquire headcount to meet business needs.
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of regulations, requirements, policies, and guidelines that apply to the preparation and production of medical information and scientific publications, and ensure staff understands, complies, and applies them to work products. Provide expert guidance on medical communications standards, trends, and practices to global stakeholders, including AbbVie senior leadership, company-wide functional areas, and Affiliates.
  • Establish, maintain, and expand business relationships with staff from functional areas collaborating on communication projects/activities. Communicate effectively across functional areas and within department to accomplish project objectives. Present information in a professional, concise, clear, and objective manner.
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures. Implement systems or solutions to enhance efficiency, eliminate redundancy, reduce expenditure.

  • Minimum of bachelor's degree required. PhD, PharmD, Master's Degree preferred.
  • 5 years of medical/scientific publications or medical inofrmation (or related) experience required. Pharmaceutical industry or related (eg, medical communication agency) experience, and people management experience required.
  • Demonstrated abilities in a leadership capacity required and demonstrated abilities in leading cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in participating in cross-functional initiatives that have advanced a group's or department's reach and influence. Ability to navigate relationships with senior management, as well as develop and deliver strategic presentations for such an audience.
  • Experience developing and motivating direct reports and addressing performance issues. Experience developing and implementing processes and projects.
  • Able to maneuver through complex political situations effectively, with minimal noise, achieving win-win outcomes. Comfortable operating within "gray," with tolerance for ambiguity, reaching decisions with limited information.
  • Exercises judgment in distinguishing issues needing elevation, as well as the level to which an issue should be elevated.
  • Adept at distilling and packaging information for varying audiences within the organization, adapting messages and level of information.
  • Manages the development of direct reports, including creation of performance assessments, goals, and growth plans. Must continually train/be compliant with all current industry requirements as they relate to medical information and publication practices.