Group Medical Director, Medical Safety Evaluation

Lake County, IL, United States
Nov 12, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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An effective leader and collaborator. Is capable of strategizing and guiding senior and junior safety physicians and other health care professionals in their work to ensure safety of products across several therapeutic areas through the product lifecycle (e.g. ICSR review, surveillance, signal detection, validation, and assessment, reviewing regulatory documents). Can effectively interact with senior PV leaders. Directs all functionality of the Medical Safety Review including processes, staff, and work products.

  • Provides strategy, guidance, and review of safety surveillance and pharmacovigilance activities for products across therapeutic areas and across a product lifecycle (clinical development and marketed products).
  • Interprets regulations related to pharmacovigilance supporting all patient safety activities.
  • Understands and applies principles of pharmacology, chemistry, and non-clinical toxicology to effectively guide the conduct safety surveillance for pharmaceutical/biological/drug-device combination products.
  • Leads and sets the strategy for key pharmacovigilance documents (e.g. Summary of Clinical Safety, safety assessments, regulatory responses, PSURs, DSURs, PADERs, risk management plans) by applying current regulatory guidance.
  • Guides safety teams during NDA, EU, PMDA and other regulatory submissions.
  • Effectively presents recommendations/opinions in group environment both internally and externally.
  • Effectively reviews and provides independent and critical input on safety documents.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant pharmacovigilance regulations and company standards.
  • Manages Associate Medical Directors, Medical Directors, Senior Medical Directors, and other health care professionals (as applicable): performance and talent management, coaching, and development.
  • Supports audits, inspections and CAPA investigations, as necessary.


  • MD / DO with 2+ years of residency with patient management experience.
  • Master Public Health is preferred in addition to MD / DO, but not required.
  • 10+ years of Pharmacovigilance / Clinical Development and Individual Case Review (ICSR) experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Fluency, both written and oral, in English.
  • Evaluate and make independent decisions

Experiences/leadership traits
  • Is an effective and independent decisionmaker and is an effective communicator
  • Can work cross-functionally and collaboratively, and build relationships
  • Collaborative with colleagues with different areas and levels of expertise
  • Influences cross functional stakeholders - internal and across industry and regulatory authorities
  • Has a clear understanding of PV in clinical development/postmarketing, and ICSR review
  • Is respectful of other opinions and is inclusive of differing points of views.
  • Works effectively in the situation of uncertainty and complexity, can multitask.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)
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