VP, Global Head of Immunology Development

Lake County, Illinois
Mar 27, 2021
Science/R&D, Immunology
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.

  • Sets TA specific portfolio strategy and lead multidisciplinary medical/scientific groups that act as the epicenters of disease state knowledge and drive compound specific clinical development programs. Setting and executing aggressive and innovative therapeutic areastrategies with consideration and evaluation of both internal pipeline and external licensing opportunities while ensuring development programs effectively advance through the registrational process to successful commercialization.
  • Works in close collaboration with colleagues in Discovery, Medical Affairs, Commercial, and Regulatory functions to set and drive a compelling TA Franchise strategy consistent with corporate objectives
  • Responsible for ensuring effective project leadership and strong clinical science within the therapeutic area by hiring and mentoring top talent for the Project Director and Senior MD positions.
  • In collaboration with the VP, Therapeutic Areas, prioritizes program goals and milestones within the context of AbbVie’s therapeutic area strategy, resource availability, available and needed technologies, competitive dynamics, and Corporate Goals.
  • Responsible for external collaborations and partnerships where applicable. Increases productivity of R&D (improved cycle times; use of appropriate technology and automation, where appropriate; applying stringent scientific standards) by implementation and maintenance of state of the art IT capabilities and by outsourcing essential but lower risk activities.
  • Demonstrates and models appropriate flexibility and adaptability to deal with a varying portfolio mix and funding fluctuations, including a strategic use of all sites, CROs/external collaborations and increased employee cross-training. Highly dynamic internal and external environments.
  • Builds leading edge capabilities in focused areas; increase involvement with external science networks on a global basis.Ensures continuous improvement of the entire function with respect to technologies and processes.
  • Responsible for recruiting, retaining, and mentoring high potential employees, and ensuring that a talent pool exists for a dynamic and changing organization.Effectively networks with internal and external opinion leaders. Act as ambassador for AbbVie science to the external scientific, medical, investor, and media communities.
  • •Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.Understands the scientific/clinical/regulatory/commercial environment of therapeutic areas and uses this knowledge to develop a competitive and innovative therapeutic area development vision and strategy leading to successful commercialization.
  • •Oversees strategic Resource planning/allocation for programs together with Project Directors, Project Management, Finance, and relevant functions. Responsibility for the program budget (internal costs, external costs related to a development projects, investments).

  • Advanced degree in Science - MD required, MD PhD preferred.
  • Advance degree is required to ensure the incumbent has the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to lead the science while supporting R&D’s pipeline of programs.
  • Recognized expertise in a Therapeutic Area, strong preference within the respective therapeutic area on a global basis, including small molecules and biologics
  • Sound understanding of the overall drug development process with particular focus on interaction between the various disciplines (scientific and commercial), international regulatory environment and global development process.
  • Minimum of 12 years experience in new product development. Strong cultural leadership, communication, networking, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to build and lead a global organization of significant size including interdisciplinary scientific teams.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and executive presence. Ability to clearly articulate a compelling therapeutic area vision to a wide range of constituencies

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 25 % of the Time
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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.