Director R&D Digital & Data Strategy

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Apr 28, 2021
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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 Director will help define Convergence data integration strategies and advance functional/therapeutic area priorities while maintaining alignment with the overarching R&D Convergence data integration framework and priorities.  He/she will act as a key member of the R&D Convergence (Data Integration) Core team responsible for defining and executing the R&D Convergence strategy, and represent functional/therapeutic area in cross-functional R&D discussions and decision-making forums related to Convergence data integration.  The Director will collaborate with scientists, clinicians, and data scientists within functional/therapeutic area and across R&D to identify and lead projects involving the aggregation and analysis of large data sets to identify key trends and insights that advance scientific understanding.  He/she will ensure that projects create a substantial return on investment and a meaningful impact on advancement of the AbbVie pipeline of new medicines and/key functional/therapeutic area or R&D priorities.            


  • Influence applicable functional leadership, strategies, and investments in alignment with the R&D Convergence data integration vision.
  • Translate functional/therapeutic area business challenges and scientific questions into hypotheses that can be tested using data analytics to drive new learning
  • Partner with R&D Computational Scientists, Data Scientists, and technology teams to advance complex and/or highly novel use-cases with cross-functional dependencies
  • Identify opportunities and solutions to unleash the full value of Convergence data integration within functional/therapeutic area at an accelerated pace
  • Lead matrix teams including scientists, data scientists and MD’s at all levels of the technical and medical career ladders
  • Lead Convergence data integration projects within functional/therapeutic area, allocate resources, manage the budget, and ensure appropriate area expertise
  • Act as a conduit between the R&D Convergence Core Team and subject matter experts and data scientists within functional/therapeutic area to transfer innovation, knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned
  • An active member of the community of R&D Convergence Directors across other R&D functions and enable cross-pollination of ideas for broader R&D implementation
  • Act as a consultant within the assigned functional/therapeutic area to help identify where Convergence data integrations and analytics approaches can help answer questions
  • Influence the talent strategy within the assigned function/therapeutic area to continually enhance the digital skills and acumen of scientists and leaders to align with the Convergence data integration strategy



  • Ph.D. or equivalent with approximately 12 or more years of industry experience; at least 6 years of experience enabling data analytics and insights
  • Multi-faceted, broad-based experience in multiple R&D functions and data domains (e.g., preclinical, genomic, clinical, safety, regulatory, real world data, etc.). Considered to have in depth knowledge of drug discovery and development
  • Demonstrated excellence and success in leading one or more multidisciplinary data integration and analytic programs to major milestones or insights
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills and proven ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams and leading and navigating in a matrix organization
    • Ability to understand the external environment and business needs and translate to workable solutions
    • Good facilitator – can drive collaborative discussions, gather feedback, and provide follow-up on how to incorporate into solution design/delivery
    • Strategic thinker - can see big picture opportunities and translate into actionable plans
    • Highly motivated change agent that can push against the status quo and seed new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of working
  • Robust understanding of the data analytics value chain from data to decision
  • Proven experience with successfully enabling new digital or data science capabilities that are beyond incremental extensions of the current capabilities
  • Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques, predictive modeling, statistical methodologies, and visual analytics
  • Experience with “big data” technologies such as Hadoop, Cloud Computing, and related technologies
    • Effective collaboration, influencing and communication skills.

Key Stakeholders:

Data integration Directors from other R&D functions; Convergence Steering Team, VPs/senior leaders from R&D functions and other internal AbbVie collaborators such as legal and HEOR; Matrix team influence including scientists and MD's at all levels

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