Project Manager, Search & Evaluation Operations

Lake County, Illinois
Jun 09, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Project Manager, Search & Evaluation Operations

The Project Manager, Search & Evaluation (S&E) Operations provides operational and project management support for the S&E team, for the Corporate Strategy Office (CSO), and for S&E and CSO-led internal and external partnering events. The position reports to the Senior Director, S&E Initiatives and Operations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate support for S&E and CSO-led internal and external events including, but not limited to JP Morgan, BIO International, BIOEurope Spring, BIOEurope Fall, CSO Summit, AACR, ASH, ASCO
    • Specific responsibilities, to be aligned with other CSO stakeholders for each conference, including but not limited to:
      • Coordinate conference participation
      • Coordinate Med-Reg reviews
      • Coordinate with CCG and BSG
      • Coordinate partnering meeting on-site support and logistics
      • Coordinate partnering meeting scheduling and participation
      • Coordinate post-conference debrief and reporting
  • Provide diligence team project management support across projects and therapeutic areas
    • Provide project management support for initial technical assessments and due diligence of BD projects, as requested by S&E TA leads based on project complexity and status, including but not limited to:
      • With S&E lead, develop and manage project execution timeline, including updates
      • Assemble due diligence team based on input from the S&E Lead, organize kick-off and check-in meetings, manage INOVA team list, collate diligence inputs from functions, at the request of S&E TA leads generate content for management presentations, and manage project close-outs, including return/destruction of confidential information
      • Establish and manage team Sharepoint / OneDrive
      • Organize meetings and calls with external parties at the direction of the S&E lead
      • Manage access to data rooms and provide troubleshooting with providers as needed
    • Provide project management support for out-licensing projects as requested by the S&E lead/BD&A lead, including but not limited to:
      • Establish and manage data room and provide troubleshooting with providers as needed, establish and manage team Sharepoint
  • Support financial planning and tracking for CSO, and specific operational needs for S&E
    • Work with Finance to ensure CSO/CSO function budgets are aligned with budget goals
    • Coordinate budget and planning materials for AbbVie annual planning cycles
    • Work with CSO leadership to ensure travel and conference planning is supported by the proposed budget
    • Manage the S&E Sharepoint and/or other sharing platforms for the S&E team
    • Manage Med-Reg approval of S&E team presentations

Project Manager, S&E Operations Behaviors

  • Decide Smart & Sure: The Manager, S&E Operations has the requisite project management and operational skills and experience to efficiently support S&E and CSO in all aspects of the role. They leverage their understanding of key scientific principles, the BD/partnering process and the cross-functional contributions needed to deliver results, to ensure successful planning and execution of projects. They anticipate the needs of the project and respond seamlessly to shifting dynamics as projects advance to maintain momentum and ensure high-quality outcomes.
  • Agile & Accountable: The Manager, S&E Operations excels at developing robust and agile plans and processes, placing high priority on consistent, thoughtful preparation, attention to detail and quality of the content and format of their work product. They are trusted partners, recognized for excellence and sought out by CSO leadership, the S&E Leads, project teams and other stakeholders to provide project management support and to lead/support coordination of internal and external events. They recognize the opportunity and responsibility inherent in this work, as our conduct, responsiveness, and expertise that is on display directly affects the perception of AbbVie, the CSO brand, and our standing as a preferred partner.
  • Clear & Courageous: The Manager, S&E Operations acts respectfully, and constructively manages the many interactions inherent in this role, at all levels of the organization, and both internally and externally. They communicate clearly but tactfully, providing the leadership and inclusive environment that will drive successful diligence projects and events, and that will fully support the smooth functioning of the CSO and S&E team.
  • Make Possibilities Real: The Manager, S&E Operations is persistent and works to overcome obstacles to move projects forward. They continuously strive to improve the approach to both larger and smaller operational responsibilities, including diligence projects, S&E and CSO operational support and internal/external events. They seek and implement new ideas to maintain a fresh and effective approach to external and internal events, adjusting to changing circumstances, venues and technologies
  • All for One AbbVie: The Manager, S&E Operations works cross-functionally across CSO, and with functions such as R&D, TLC, and Commercial. They manage inclusively across project working teams and with key stakeholders to drive a successful team-oriented shared outcome for both internal and external projects. In coordinating external-facing events, this individual pays close attention to thoughtfully interacting with, and influencing stakeholders to understand project requirements, gain buy-in to the proposed approach and ensure a successful outcome for AbbVie in the external environment


Project Manager, S&E Operations Required Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, preferably in a life-sciences related discipline
  • Minimum of five (5) years operational / project planning/management experience in the pharmaceutical industry or related field required, with strong preference for candidates with experience in the pharmaceutical R&D and/or business development environment.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office products. Advanced experience with PowerPoint & presentation platforms preferred.

Additional Information

  • Location: HQ, Lake County
  • Travel: 10%

Significant Work Activities
Yes, 5 % of the Time
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