(Chief of Staff) Director, Therapeutic Area Strategic Planning and Operations

Lake County, IL, United States
Nov 19, 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 .


Partner with Oncology Development VP to drive and implement the vision of Therapeutic Area. Identify needs and provide recommendations to TA VP in supporting the achievement of corporate goals while responding effectively to changing priorities. Represent TA specific interests and collaborate cross-functionally.

  • Reports to Therapeutic Area Vice President in Development. Serves as Chief of Staff for the TA VP by independently representing TA VPs views. Communicates clearly, concisely, and in timely fashion items that require the VP's attention. Provides TA VP strategic and operational options for the department, including contingency planning.
  • Provides rapid response to ad hoc requests from Public Affairs, Business Development, Legal, and other functions (e.g., analyses of competitive pipeline, response letters to Trade Commission re acquisitions, etc.).
  • Responsible for developing resource maps including LRP and Plan to dynamically track workload and resource capacity. Partners with TA VP, Finance, BHR, Talent Acquisition, and other functions to ensure that TA Development expertise, capabilities, budget, and resources are available and leveraged appropriately through the portfolio.
  • Leads TA initiatives that result in operational efficiencies, enhanced culture, or improved decision-making.
  • Oversees the collection, synthesis and communication of relevant external information that informs the TA strategy across all functions. Supports strategic projects including LRP and coordinates Development input into TA Strategy document.
  • Works with TA Staff to enhance teamwork and department culture, identify issues and partners with TA Leadership to identify workable solutions.
  • Supports World-class R&D initiative by forging strategic partnerships with industry and top-tier academic institutions. Leads development of concept framework, initiates discussions with target institutions, and guides Transaction team during negotiations. Upon contract execution, drives all key components of external collaborations to ensure adherence to timelines and budgets.
  • Supports TA related M&A, licensing, partnership assessments and due diligence activities, and determines needed communications to the appropriate team members as opportunities progress through the process.
  • Develops briefing documents ahead of major scientific conferences to aid executive management in discussions with investment analysts and media.
  • Coordinates and develops executive presentations inclusive of latest clinical data for investment analyst briefings, earnings calls, Board of Directors, Ministries of Health, road shows, etc.


  • Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree, at least ten years industry experience in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare related field, experience with cross-functional teams and initiatives.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Advanced degree, at least fifteen years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, especially in a clinical development function, experience leading cross-functional teams and initiatives, certification in Project Management and/or Lean Six Sigma.
  • Experience & Knowledge:
    • Proven ability to lead, manage, and motivate others in a complex, multi-functional matrix environment
    • Broad understanding of the pharmaceutical business, project management/project planning experience on global projects.
    • Professional collaboration and leadership skills, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to effectively present ideas and document complex medical/clinical concepts and processes in both written and oral communication.
    • History of anticipating and resolving problems while exhibiting superior judgment and a balanced, realistic understanding of issues
    • Knowledge to represent and evaluate strategies for clinical development.
    • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), FDA regulations and guidelines, and international regulatory requirements/guidelines. Understanding of how to conceptualize, design, and conduct complex, global clinical trials. Understanding of new drug commercialization and business practices.

Key Stakeholders:
VP of Development and VPs of Therapeutic Areas, HR, Finance.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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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.