2020 Clinical Trial Operations, Development Program

Lake County, IL, US
Aug 20, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Clinical Trials are required before a new compound can be available for use by patients. A clinical study in human volunteers is conducted to answer specific health questions. Is it safe? Does it work? Is it better than what is currently offered to patients?

At AbbVie, Clinical Operations conducts/manages clinical trials and provides therapeutically aligned, scientific strategy and operations management for the planning, execution and reporting of clinical development programs to enable successful global registration and commercialization of drug development projects.

For more information regarding clinical trials, please see our Clinical Trial Homepage:

Clinical Trial Operations, Development Program - Rotational Experience

As a member of AbbVie's Clinical Trial Operations Development Program (CTODP), you will have three eight- month rotations over the course of two years. The roles are crafted to help you develop exceptional functional and leadership traits by working on a wide range of projects while providing exposure globally to different leaders in the company. Members will go through a robust clinical on-boarding program, gain global exposure to clinical studies, and can shadow investigators and monitors at clinical sites.

These Clinical Operations experiences will develop skills and business acumen with the goal of accelerating careers to leadership opportunities at AbbVie. Based on your discipline, you can rotate through three of the following rotational opportunities located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago:
  • Clinical Program Development - Clinical Program Development works cross-functionally to execute Phase 1-4 clinical research studies. Execution of clinical study protocols and process improvements within an assigned core Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, General Medicine).
  • Data Sciences - The Data Sciences department is responsible for managing the data and ensuring that quality and data integrity are upheld throughout the life cycle of the clinical trial. There is a variety of roles within DS including Clinical Data Reviewer, System Designer, Program Lead and Total Quality Management.
  • Clinical Drug Supply Management - Clinical Drug Supply Management leads the drug manufacturing, supply and shipment strategy on a global level. CDSM also packages, labels, and releases clinical trial materials to investigational sites.
  • Clinical Compliance - The Compliance team is critical to ensuring AbbVie is following company and regulatory guidelines, as well as being responsible for documenting deviations from those guidelines to ensure transparency in the event of an inspection.
  • Clinical Standards/Training - The Clinical Standards team creates and revises standard operating procedures, work instructions, and job aides which instruct AbbVie employees how to perform their job tasks. The Development Training team is responsible for implementing learning solutions to assist clinical personnel in complying with applicable regulations and guidelines.
  • Clinical Documentation Center - The focus of the Clinical Documentation Center is to ensure that documents follow documentation standards and are 'inspection-ready'. A typical study has 10,000+ documents that are submitted to and maintained by the Clinical Documentation Center.
  • R&D Contracting - R&D Contracting allows for exposure to a variety of experiences, primarily negotiating AbbVie's site contracts and budgets. AbbVie's relationship with the sites are crucial in ensuring the smooth and effective execution of studies.

Note: This is not a lab position . Roles are operational based regarding our clinical research. This is not a track or feeder opportunity for medical students (MD or PhD/Postdoctoral) routes. From idea to results, we connect science and operations to bring clinical trials to life. For more information, please see our R&D innovation page:

Basic Requirements:
  • Completion of Bachelor's or Master's Degree in related discipline:
    • Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry), Nursing, Clinical Research, or related
    • Statistics, Data Sciences, Mathematics, or similar
    • Engineering (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Strong academic performance, minimum GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Previous internship or related experience required
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship

Preferred Requirements:
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative and integrity
  • Excellent communication, leadership, project management, problem solving, analytical skills, and business mindset
  • Microsoft Excel or another database experience is a plus.

Recruitment Process:

We participate in several on-campus events (such as: information sessions, career fairs and conduct interviews while on campus). Interested candidates, please check the career services schedules at your school for the recruiting event schedule. AbbVie also posts our Clinical Trial Operations Internship and CTODP positions on our career website, if your school isn't listed, please visit

Number of Openings: 10

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