GMA Cross Immunology Innovation and Pipeline, Leader

Lake County, Illinois
May 28, 2021
Science/R&D, Immunology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Title: Lead / Head GMA Cross Immunology Innovation

Sr Medical Director/ Sr Scientific Director

Purpose Statement:

  • Drives key innovative and strategic projects and priorities for GMA Immunology. Provides specialist medical/scientific strategic and operational input into core medical affairs activities such as: health-care professional/provider interactions (Payers, Patients, Prescribers, Providers); generation of clinical and scientific data (enhancing therapeutic benefit and value); internal and external educational initiatives (medical education, data, guidelines and value proposition); safeguarding patient safety (risk minimization activities / safety surveillance activities). 
  • Drives the digital strategy across all the Immunology teams in global medical affairs; keeping knowledge of the recent advancements in digital communications and incorporating most up-to-date applicable technologies in the Immunology team’s omnichannel communication.
  • For new indications, accountable for delivery of strategic and scientific presentations; develops and maintains professional and credible relationships with, key opinion leaders; actively participate in relevant Brand Team meetings and helps in the development of medical affairs strategies for Immunology assets; provide relevant scientific and technical training.
  • Develops the right structure for successful transition of phase 3b/4, disease-informing (non-label enabling) studies from Clinical Development into the Global Medical Affairs organization.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Drives key global medical affairs strategic and/or innovative projects that span across multiple therapy areas or indication teams within the broader Immunology team.
  • Create critical Immunology scientific societies and collaborative group relationships to better understand the strategic priorities of these organizations and to define opportunities for alignment and partnerships focusing on improving patient outcomes / disease management, appropriate access to medications and heath care quality improvement.
  • Driving a mindset shift to a digital transformation across the global team deliverables including internal and external activities e.g. stand alone meetings, advisory boards, symposia, MSL materials and trainings.
  • Responsible for mapping external scientific societies and research collaborative groups in Immunology. Creating/updating/executing (in alignment and close collaboration with the TA Leads/Heads) the engagement plans for partnerships and collaboration.
  • Drives medical affairs activities related to dissemination of data supporting overall product scientific and business strategy.  Coordinates induction, mentoring, training, and development.  Identified training needs.
  • Interact with and coordinates appropriate scientific and medical activities with internal stakeholders (i.e. commercial, clinical operations, discovery, statistics, regulatory, etc…) as they relate to on-going medical affairs projects. Specifically, this role will build alignment with internal functional areas specific to the Immunology area (eg, legal, compliance, public affairs, government affairs, medical, health/economic outcomes, development, pharmacovigilence/safety), development of input/support for policy guidance and health policy initiatives.
  • Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a therapeutic area resource.
  • May represent AbbVie at external meetings including investigator meetings, scientific association meetings, etc
  • May develop of scientifically accurate marketing materials, medical education programs, advisories, and symposia.
  • Assists with the scientific review, development, approval, execution and communication of affiliate/area/global medical affairs sponsored or supported clinical research activities.
  • Develop and supervise GMA Immunology Therapeutic Area Medical Directors (Study Designated Physicians) in the execution of their roles, and serve as TA MD back-up as warranted
  • Leads cross functional teams in development and execution of strategic initiatives requiring integration of multiple subprojects within the therapeutic area or Medical Affairs function
  • Ensures budgets, timelines, compliance requirements are factored into programs' scientific activities.  Works independently. 
  • Can address complex problems within discipline or across several projects.  Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.  Works on complex problems in which analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various complex factors.
  • Must be able to influence in a matrixed environment.
  • Oversees the work of the global pipeline medical/scientific director to optimize the GMA input in early asset strategies and AST as appropriate, in new indications not represented in Disease teams.
  • Oversees the work of the Immunology Convergence Catalyst in aligning TA evidence generations needs and the Convergence platform.
  • May oversee the work of medical and/or scientific directors.



  • Medical Doctorate (M.D.) degree or equivalent (D.O. or non-US equivalent of M.D. meet requirements) with relevant therapeutic specialty in an academic or hospital environment.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biotech/ pharmaceutical industry or academia or equivalent.  Proven leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment.  Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.  Extensive knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials, medical education standards and experience in strategy development. Expert knowledge in Immunology.  Must understand Pharmacovigilance practices.  Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategies. 
  • Must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.

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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