Executive Director, Clinical Development

Irvine, CA, 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 .

Envision working with energetic colleagues and inspirational leaders. Now, place yourself in that mix; leading discussions, asking the right questions and driving results.

What Your New Manager Wants You To Know

Great people, great products, greater opportunity!

At Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, we develop, manufacture, and market a portfolio of leading aesthetics brands and products. Our aesthetics portfolio includes facial injectables, body contouring, plastics, skin care, and more.

With our own research and development function focused on driving innovation in aesthetics, we're committed to providing the most comprehensive science-based product offering available.

The aesthetics market is changing fast. We know change never stops, and we're constantly seeking to better understand the mindsets and motivations of the consumers we serve in order to focus on meeting unmet needs as we innovate.

Our goal is to consistently provide our customers with innovation, education, exceptional service, and a commitment to excellence, all with a personal touch.

Joining the Allergan Aesthetics team will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. As a member of the Clinical Development team, you will be responsible for supporting an iconic brand in the Industry. You will play a key role in supporting the industry's leading Aesthetics organization, which is on the cutting edge of the Healthcare industry. We prioritize first-in-class assets, or those that are clearly differentiated versus existing and emerging therapies.

This a new exciting role created to play an instrumental role in driving the business forward by supporting the advancement of the portfolio through external opportunities.

The Executive Director will serve as the Clinical Development lead, within the R&D organization, for clinical and scientific assessment of external opportunities working closely with the Search & Evaluation team and the Business Development and Acquisitions team.

The Executive Director will be a key member of a highly integrated approach to developing and sustaining our partnerships. You will be part of a one connected unit with a commitment to establishing collaborations across the development continuum that will ultimately benefit patients and fuel scientific progress.

The Executive Director will provide leadership support to the team, helping to drive towards strong partnerships in a highly competitive field.

You will bring innovation and a dynamic focus to the high-profile Aesthetic Medicine business and seek ways to apply established clinical development experience alongside new fresh thinking.

The Executive Director should expect to be asked to participate in internal process improvement activities within R&D and Clinical Development, as well as mentor and provide guidance to junior team members.

YOU ARE more than just a title, YOU ARE...
  • A strategic thinker : align and excite internal stakeholders to facilitate success through strong leadership, strategic thinking and personal drive.
  • First class team player : collaborate across multiple disciplines to ensure compliance and ability to influence cross-functional teams and senior leadership.

You Will
  • As the Clinical Development Lead for External opportunities, you will be responsible for leading the assessment, evaluation, review/due diligence of in-licensing, acquisition, partnership opportunities. Main responsibilities will be:
  • Leading and acting as the key point of accountability for the external search and evaluation activities across multiple compounds and indications within the TA Section.
  • Representing Clinical Development in decision-making forums and bringing strategic thinking to high level discussions.
  • Ensuring clinical & scientific perspective is evaluated and optimal pathways are brought to the discussion with respect to physician and patient needs balanced with a key focus on commercial needs.
  • Co-ordinating the input from various subject matter experts in the Clinical Development team and concisely summarizing the final evaluation of the asset/company/organization under review and recommended position of Clinical Development with respect to final decision.
  • Working cross-functionally with multiple functions including Search & Evaluation, Business Development & Acquisitions, Commercial, Regulatory, Non-Clinical and Translational Science, Biologic Research, Safety and Product Development.
  • Committing to high standards always with respect to data integrity, patient-centricity and global competitive development.
  • Ensure deep and extensive review of the scientific opportunity, evaluate the clinical development requirements and present a well-rounded assessment of whether the opportunity will provide our patients and providers clear benefits taking into account the overall business strategic focus
  • Representing the TA Section at asset evaluation meetings
  • Establishing and maintaining a strong network of peers within the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry.



You Bring

Advanced Degree required. Scientific knowledge and experience in Aesthetic Medicine and Medical Device preferred

A good solid knowledge of regulatory pathways is preferred

Proven success leading in a cross functional environment.

A strong network of thought leaders across Aesthetic Medicine is preferred

A minimum 12 years of overall work experience or equivalent combination of experience and education, with ideally at least 15 years' experience

Of the overall work experience, a minimum of 6 years of clinical development experience in the pharmaceutical/device industry

Ability to travel up to 25-30% of time as needed (to include international travel.

In this role, we're looking for a leader who will:
  • Act as an Owner
  • Lead Collaboratively Across A Matrix
  • Be Excellence Focused
  • Act as an Influencer

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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.