Director, Clinical Pharmacology

Redwood City, California
May 04, 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.


Communicates/presents key Clinical Pharmacology information/strategy to senior and executive management, regulatory agencies, and external peers. Supports strategic planning for drug development activities and projects to achieve departmental strategies, goals, and objectives. Utilizes scientific expertise to provide appropriate interpretation of data and relates implications of results to management. Serves as liaison to other departments/divisions for any study/project needs. Understands linkages across businesses and understands the impact of business decisions and solutions. May lead teams within Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (CPPM) and accountable for effective performance of the teams.                  


•Leads Clinical Pharmacology/PK/PD activities and multiple major projects. Assists R&D senior management in the selection of action plans that best meets drug development business objectives.
•Identifies issues and help with issue resolution. Conducts risk assessments and assists in development of contingency plans. Assures project remains in alignment with strategic objectives.
•Provides overall timelines to assess portfolio opportunities. Negotiates with other functional areas on project outcomes and deliverables to meet conflicting demands (time, cost, quality/performance).
•Provides scientific and strategic consultation to R&D, Regulatory, and all levels of management on critical decisions and development plans.
•Responsible for evaluating technical, scientific aspects of all AbbVie projects along with CPPM management. Reviews clinical protocols and scientific reports for regulatory filings and anticipates regulatory questions. Leads CPPM regulatory documents writing, submission and response to Regulatory agency comments.
•Independently conducts due diligence assessments, summarizes results and represents CPPM on business development teams.
•Identifies and develops process improvement initiatives and reviews recommendations with management for approval and sponsorship.
•Contribute to development of departmental goals. Influences strategic PK/PD decisions for the department.
•Performs functions and responsibilities with the highest regard for quality and timeliness. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of PK/PD data analysis, modeling and simulation methods and software.
•May manage personnel including development, mentoring, and effective delegation.


•PhD with 7+ years of experience or Pharm D with 9 + years of experience in a relevant field*; (*relevant field includes experience with PK, PBPK, PK-PD, Pharmacometrics or systems pharmacology, Drug metabolism/Transporters)
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Knowledge and experience in multiple therapeutic and/or functional areas
•Experience across range of development phases
•Knowledge of AbbVie and Pharma drug development processes
•Must have demonstrated leadership competencies in PK/PD, Biopharmaceutics, and Pharmacometric activities from planning, implementation through completion across multiple projects
•Scientific project leadership or related experience
•Project management skills such as scope management, progress tracking/driving as well as time management
•Participates in initiatives and advancement of CPPM
•Key Leadership Competencies:  • Knows the business and the cross-functional contributions needed to deliver results • Persistent and resilient finds the way to move good ideas forward  • Acts respectfully yet courageously • Connects unrelated concepts, generates original or unique ideas • Influences colleagues to achieve cross-functional alignment • Communicates openly and honestly with all colleagues • Manages conflict and difficult conversations in a constructive transparent way

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 15 % 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.