Global Business Continuity Lead

Madison, NJ, United States
Nov 09, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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 .

The Global Business Continuity Lead will be responsible for the ongoing rollout, maintenance and continuous improvement of the AbbVie Business Continuity and Resiliency Program (BCP). The Business Continuity Lead is a highly visible role that will expose the right candidate to all areas of the business; it will provide an excellent opportunity to gain a wide range of experience and deep understanding of how the entire business operates, positively and directly influence organizational resiliency, as well as help lead a very large community of active BCP participants (1000+ people).

Program Rollout and Integration:

The Business Continuity Lead will work with sites across the enterprise to lead the BCP rollout and integration. This includes setting up site Business Continuity Teams (BCT), facilitating BCP training for site leadership teams (SLT), completing site business impact analyses (BIA), leading function and site recovery plans workshops, identifying gaps in resiliency and related CAPA projects, and facilitating roundtable exercises. This is a true global and cross-functional role; The Business Continuity Lead will work across all functions and business units, including manufacturing and operations, R&D, Shared Services, etc., and with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership, to ensure the entire organization has mature and well-developed business continuity and resiliency plans.

Program Maintenance:

Concurrently with the rollout, the Business Continuity Lead will be responsible for ongoing support of all sites that have completed the BCP rollout. This includes tracking site compliance with the BCP program, ensuring sites complete the annual BCP maintenance cycle, and tracking projects to close gaps in resiliency or risks at sites. In addition, the role will also be responsible for providing expert guidance and advice for improving recovery plans, problem solving, facilitating roundtable exercises, and training/onboarding new BCP participants.

Continuous Improvement:

The Business Continuity Lead will support the ongoing improvement of program processes and tools through managing the implementation and maintenance of a BCP software; reviewing and recommending improvements to, and creating new, program materials, resources and processes; maintaining and strengthening partnerships with other areas of the business including HR, Public Affairs, Business Technology, and others as required; and, representing AbbVie at industry conferences and working groups.

Implement and support the new BCP software tool.


Education and Experience
  • Minimum of 8-10 years professional experience, with 3 years in a pharmaceutical or biotech environment and 3+ years project management experience
  • Minimum 1-3 years experience in a related field (business continuity, crisis management, risk management, emergency management, security, project management) or related training/education
  • Bachelor's degree required

Essential Skills, Experience, and Competencies (includes Licenses, Credentials

  • Minimum 1-3 years experience in a related field (business continuity, crisis management, risk management, emergency management, security, project management) or related training/education
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication. Experience and comfort presenting to or training small to medium groups (5-35+ people) is critical.
  • Strong project management experience, highly organized, and detail oriented
  • Experience interacting with, and influencing, employees at all levels and in all functions of the organization, including senior global leadership. Must be able to grow and foster strong relationships with employees across functions and geographic locations.
  • This position requires a high degree of flexibility, independence, and ability to problem solve
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and synthesize new information
  • Ability to concurrently manage multiple projects
  • Available to travel domestically and internationally, approximately 25% - 35%

Job Type


Equal Employment Opportunity
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.