Senior Director, Medical Process Excellence-Global Medical Affairs

Lake County, Illinois
Apr 06, 2021
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.

The Senior Director, Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Medical Process Excellence (MPE) serves as Medical Affairs’ functional lead for compliance with AbbVie policies and procedures, and industry regulations and standards; and drives functional compliance monitoring, reporting, and training

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • On behalf of Medical Affairs, leads discussions with Office of Ethics and Compliance (OEC) to develop, interpret, and update policies and procedures; develop, maintain, and enhance monitoring; and continuously improve the overall compliance program for both Medical Affairs and AbbVie
  • Identifies potential compliance issues (eg, fraud and abuse, transparency, privacy), leads in-function risk analysis, and collaborates regularly with OEC and Legal, as appropriate, to provide solutions for the function
  • Provides leadership on Area/Affiliate compliance-related issues for Medical Affairs, ensuring agility and process clarity for local implementation of global policies and procedures
  • In partnership with Legal and OEC, assesses impact of current external enforcement issues on Medical Affairs, and drives proactive communication and training within the function to address risk
  • Advises Medical Affairs executive leadership on compliance integration for acquired companies (eg, policy and system alignment), and leads alignment efforts for overall function
  • Advises Medical Affairs’ businesses and Corporate Audit during compliance audits, by overseeing fulfilment of audit team requests, providing feedback to Corporate Audit on potential findings and observations, and overseeing Medical Affairs’ post-audit remediations
  • Provides counsel and recommendations to leadership on risk considerations/assessments for key Medical Affairs-driven initiatives and priorities
  • Determines Medical Affairs-specific strategic considerations and actions for AbbVie-wide compliance initiatives
  • Analyzes and assesses data captured via functional monitoring for trends and recommends and leads remediation and mitigation activities
  • Serves as a primary point person for planning R&D-wide Compliance Insights Forum for head of R&D and RDLT, and provides leadership and oversight for planning and execution of Medical Affairs function-specific Compliance Insights Forum
  • Lead, develops and motivates a high-performing and high-impact team. Create an inclusive and collaborative culture.


Minimum Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies:

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in a Medical Affairs, or similar pharmaceutical R&D, setting
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with, or substantial exposure to, compliance in a corporate setting
  • Working knowledge of current pharmaceutical compliance environment, and impact to a Medical Affairs function, strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience “leading leaders,” with direct reporting responsibility
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading a large and diverse team
  • Extensive experience leading cross-functional teams, including global stakeholders
  • Exemplary communication skills, including extensive experience creating and delivering complex business presentations to executive-level management
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • BA/BS required; JD, MBA, or other advanced degree strongly preferred

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 10 % 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.