Senior Director, Global Scientific Communications & Training

Lake County, IL, United States
Sep 23, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

This role will be leading the global team on: 1) strategic development of nonpromotional scientific/clinical materials across all therapeutic areas for Global MSL teams and related Medical Affairs non-promotional initiatives, 2) leading the review and approval of all Global MSL materials and related applicable Medical content 3) partner with functional leadership, developing strategy, plan, and content for Global scientific training and maintaining a scientific training platform for the broader Medical organization, 5) partnering with Global Medical Excellence functional leadership to support initiatives that link strategic imperatives to scientific content and KOL feedback (Scientific Communication Plans, Global Strategic Insights). In addition to key collaborative partnership with both the Global and US TA and Functional Medical leadership, the role also serves as a key partner with Sr. Leaders within Legal/OEC, Regulatory, R&D Compliance and Corporate Communications.

Responsibilities :
  • Lead strategies and activities related to the development of nonpromotional scientific/clinical materials across all therapeutic areas for applicable Global Medical initiatives Implement strategies to leverage available data while ensuring credibility, quality and consistency of development and ensure compliance with both corporate and pharmaceutical industry regulatory and compliance guidance.
  • Directs strategies and activities related to the development of Global MSL field tools and other related materials and content. These scientific materials are adapted across all Areas to inform our KOLs about unmet patient needs and potential value of our investigational and approved products to HCPs and patients.
  • Develop and implement the annual operating plan that includes key deliverables and metrics for Scientific Communications and Training support which includes activities integrated into the Global Medical plans, including product launch support, key training initiatives and related field medical activities.
  • Benchmark and liaise closely with stakeholders to identify and communicate gaps and risks related to content development and review and propose solutions. And maintain budget oversight for scientific content support and other reference resources
  • Lead the review and approval (non-promotional equivalent of MLR) of all Global MSL materials as well as related applicable Global Medical materials
  • Implement strategies to ensure credibility, quality and consistency of review/approval and ensure compliance with both corporate and pharmaceutical industry regulatory and compliance guidance.
  • Review Global MSL materials and other high impact Global Medical Affairs materials including Global pipeline decks and related content.
  • Advises on escalated cases for Sr. Management consideration and offer alternative approaches/solutions that offer best risk benefit weighted solutions for the company
  • Develop Scientific Training strategy, plan, content, and knowledge assessment for Global Medical
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  • Develop, deliver and measure effectiveness of all Scientific Training initiatives (e.g. set standards and build global capabilities for scientific training of diverse sets of Medical team members, including MSLs) and develop strategies and set expectations for scientific training to ensure scientific expert excellence during the pre and peri-launch phase of ABV products/devices)
  • Enable sharing of best practices and strategically partner with key internal functions to plan, execute and assess effectiveness of all Medical scientific training initiatives, ensuring lessons learned and best practices inform and refine ongoing and future initiatives
  • Work with Global Medical Excellence to support development and launch of a comprehensive global MSL training and assessment program to ensure successful MSL field readiness in scientific and communication competencies
  • Maintain a scientific training platform
  • Support Strategic Scientific and Communication Initiatives for Global Medical
  • Collaborate with Global, Regional/Country Medical Leadership to support development of scientific communication plan strategies to optimize MSL effectiveness and maximize MSL value

  • Advanced (Graduate) University degree in scientific discipline (e.g., PhD, PharmD, MD) required
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in Pharma preferably within an MSL organization or Medical Affairs and with US and International experience
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience in Medical Affairs, preferably in an MSL organization, demonstrating success in positions of increasing responsibility involving influence and interaction with cross-functional teams, departments and key stakeholders
  • Experience in medical, legal, regulatory promotional/non-promotional review requirements and evaluating risks related to non-promotional activities
  • Experience in the following are also considered assets: implementation of scientific training programs; management of materials review platforms/systems; MSL CRM design and data analytics tools
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically
  • Ability to understand needs from various internal stakeholders at a regional and country level
  • Experience in developing strategies based on benchmarking and stakeholder insights
  • Adaptability and flexibility to switch between projects, priorities if necessary
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills, effective at a senior level in the organization
  • Adaptability and flexibility to switch between projects, priorities if necessary
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact constructively with all functions and management levels
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders
  • Ability to understand needs from various internal stakeholders as well as from a regional/country

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 25 % of the Time
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At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.