Director, Global Clinical Operations

Lake County, IL, United States
Oct 10, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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The Director, Global Clinical Operations, Medical Affairs provides operational leadership for Medical Affairs research activities for the assigned therapeutic area, this includes all AbbVie Medical Affairs studies, Investigator Initiated Studies, partnered alliance research and collaborative research. Leadership entails: oversight of the Annual Research Plan consistent with the wider evidence generation strategy, ensuring appropriate funding for such plan, operational and fiscal oversight of the plan with efficient and timely implementation, and adherence to compliance considerations wherever relevant. The position may lead personnel and the team responsible for the management of Medical Affairs research activities and is responsible for the complex cross functional integration necessary for a successful program.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Partners closely with the TA Lead/GMAT in the development of the therapeutic area's overall Annual Research Plan including AbbVie Medical Affairs studies, Investigator Initiated Studies (IIS), and collaborative and contracted research with academic institutions as the operational contributor.
  • Works with TA leadership/cross-functional Global Evidence Team (GET) in the evaluation of research opportunities on an individual basis and align recommendations with Medical Affairs strategic initiatives to provide operational input on trial design and feasibility.
  • Accountable to drive and deliver the operational execution activities related to external evidence generation activities and supervise internal personnel involved in the execution of these activities.
  • Identifies non-performing studies to return to TA Leadership/cross-functional Global Evidence Team (GET) (or GMAT - Global Medical Affairs Team) for discussion.
  • Ensure a comprehensive and current view of all evidence generation activities for the assigned TA. Accountable for ensuring all ongoing research activities across globe are being maintained within AbbVie systems.
  • Propose, supervise and manage budgets and for Medical Affairs research plans.
  • Ensure compliance with internal SOPs and GCPs, working across functional areas to approvals on contracts, protocols, and study documents as necessary.
  • Acts as study manager on GMA Evidence Solutions operationalized studies and conducts studies in accordance with relevant compliance regulations
  • Provide oversight and mentorship for Staff and mentorship for other junior employees within Medical Affairs.
  • Serves as a cross functional link with Clinical Operations on Medical Affairs by participating in operational design on existing or developing Global GMA trials and participates on cross-functional data generation related transformation initiatives.
  • Serves as Operational Lead/facilitator of research governance teams such as the Global Evidence Team (GET) and Global and US Research Review Committee (GUS RC), and a contributing member of Integrated Evidence Strategy Teams (IESTs), Exploratory Data Teams (EDATs), and others as needed.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required; typically in nursing or scientific field.
  • Advanced degree is desirable.
  • Must have 8+ years of direct clinical research experience and 6+ years of clinical research management.
  • Global experience required.
  • Management experience in other pharmaceutical positions desirable.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 10 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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