Associate Director, Global Medical Affairs (Migraine)

United States
Jan 13, 2021
Required Education
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 Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Migraine delivers in depth therapeutically aligned scientific knowledge and communications to internal and external customers in support of Therapy area. He/she supports the execution of advisory boards, symposia and advocacy development for International to facilitate appropriate scientific exchange and advance knowledge and understanding of assigned AbbVie indications. The Assoc Dir provides scientific input to strategies including promotional message development and review, advisory board content, delivery and External Expert (EE) engagement. He/she creates and delivers a program of advisory board and symposia activity aligned to the TAs objectives

Key deliverables of this role include the development of the Global Medical Affairs strategy and tactics for assets in Migraine including data generation, scientific communications and synthesis of insights. This leader will provide medical practice insights to support the clinical development, HEOR, publications, marketing, sales, and regulatory functions to ensure that they are developing product and development strategies that will be relevant to the market - patients, payors and physicians.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Scientific Strategy and Expertise
  • Coordinate and provide in depth scientific and technical input to therapeutically aligned promotional message development and marketing campaign concepts. Support creation and delivery of scientific training materials.
  • Analyse competitive activity to assist development of competitive strategy / tools including sourcing, interpreting, disseminating and creating materials on scientific information.
  • Liaise with global competitive team to influence core scientific claims.
  • Check and approve promotional material for scientific accuracy in line with copy approval process and relevant compliance requirements.
  • Develop therapeutically aligned scientific slide decks and other support materials for field delivery and liaison with external medical education agencies.
  • Provide in depth clinical and scientific information to internal and external customers in collaboration with Medical Information department.
  • Maintain an in depth understanding of the relevant science providing regular scientific updates to internal customers. Ensure in depth understanding of current and future AbbVie products in product line / therapy area.

  1. Advisory Boards & Symposia
  • Supports the development and implementation of the Global Medical Affairs strategic and tactical plans in Migraine.
  • Serve as the Medical Affairs TA scientific/disease state expert for GMA, broader R&D, Commercial, and other functions within area of responsibility.
  • Contribute to Commercial planning by leveraging medical/scientific expertise, knowledge of scientific data and understanding of the external healthcare environment.

  1. Medical and Scientific Data Generation and Communication
  • Supports the development and execution of GMA TA data generation plans (e.g. Phase 4 and IIT) plans to provide post marketing data that support our products and the patients and HCPs that use them.
  • Collaborate with the External Scientific Communications team to contribute to robust publication plans that are aligned with GMA data generation governance.
  • Contributes to the development and review of trial proposals and publications.
  • Supports generation of Medical materials and content used in communications
  • Establishes and maintains internal organizational links with the broader R&D, Commercial and other departments to ensure appropriate support for the projects.

  1. External Relationships
  • Establish and maintain relationships with top tier thought leaders in the respective therapeutic area to establish a strong scientific presence in the clinical and academic communities. Collaborate with country Specialty Leads as well as Area TA Leads to ensure thought leader development and communication is optimized. Collaborate with HEOR to establish scientific and clinical credibility with payers, managed market/market access and healthcare decision makers.
  • Participates in the assessment of IIT proposals/concepts related to the therapeutic area to ensure alignment with strategy
  • Create and deliver portfolio-related clinical presentations and participate in prioritized scientific congresses.
  • Contributes to collecting external insights to inform AbbVie strategy (e.g. via advisory boards, strategic insights, field insight discussions)


  • Medical degree, PhD, PharmD and/or other higher scientific degree. Preferably 'board certified specialty qualification' or equivalent and pharmaceutical industry recognized qualification e.g. MSc
  • Experience gained within Medical Affairs within affiliate, regional and/or global positions.
  • Experience of working within Neuroscience, ideally in a Medical Affairs role focused on Neuroscience.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team/matrix environment
  • Ability to influence others without direct reporting relationships
  • Excellent understanding of legal and regulatory guidelines (e.g. knowledge of OPDP promotional regulations, CDER/CBER regulations as they relate to drug approvals).
  • Good understanding of Good Clinical Practices, ICH guidelines, PhRMA code, FDA CFR, ISO, clinical research ethics, HIPAA and patient privacy laws, EU Directive and other applicable local regulations

  • Direct experience of working with Migraine assets from a Medical Affairs standpoint.
  • Experience or knowledge of Neurotoxins.


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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.