Associate Director, Compliance - US

Orange, California
Jun 09, 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.

Candidates can sit in either Irvine, CA or Madison, NJ

Position Summary:  Under limited direction, the Associate Director partners with the AA Commercial organization and others within the Compliance organization to understand business priorities and provide compliance support on strategy, tactics and operations related to various global digital and consumer platforms within Allergan Data Labs.  The Associate Director will also be responsible for providing compliance support and guidance on strategy, tactics and operations for  the various business units within the Austin site and the SkinMedica sales and marketing teams.   This position is responsible for the evaluation of Commercial programs / activities and helping to design and deliver innovative solutions that support the vision, values and corporate goals of the Company, and provides guidance to help achieve goals while mitigating risk to the assigned organizations. Also ensures harmony across the global organization as a member of a broader US AA Compliance Team.

Primary Job Responsibilities: Within assigned commercial business units, the position responsibilities include providing compliance support related to various business activities, with a primary focus on interactions with healthcare professionals for training and consultative activities as well as effective execution of selling and marketing initiatives. Examples include, but are not limited to, routine interactions with healthcare professionals, planning and execution of various healthcare professional engagements and professional educational activities, cross-functional collaboration initiatives, as well the development and delivery of compliance training at meetings and events. Responsible for providing support to Monitoring and Investigations as needed. Assists Compliance leadership with strategic initiatives within US Commercial Compliance to ensure adherence to internal policies and procedures and federal and state requirements.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide timely and practical Compliance advice and support to assigned business teams by advising on program/initiative strategy, design, execution, internal and external content and sales and marketing efforts (marketing and sales tactics, product pricing and contracting, materials, training, etc) 
  • Provide strategic and tactical support of key business operations functions related to platform and media design, digital interactions and engagement, social media use, consumer loyalty programs and other compliance-related topics (consumer, digital, social, etc)
  • Partner with members of various departments on compliance-related activities
  • Develop and deliver regular and ongoing training and education to the Commercial organization
  • Provide analytics and reporting related to monitoring findings and other compliance observations to internal stakeholders
  • Assist and provide input to compliance audits, monitoring and internal investigations as needed while advising on appropriate corrective action


Leadership and Professional Skills:

  • Business Partnership: Proactively fosters partnerships within the business to drive win-win solutions; commits to decisions for the best interest of Allergan
  • Critical Thinking: Formulates clear, rational and informed solutions and insights that drive better decisions
  • Training: Train commercial business partners on compliance guidelines, policies and best practices related their specific
  • business
  • Guidance: Provide regular guidance to the business regarding the Global Compliance Program
  • Reporting: Provide strategic insights to business partners based on compliance data analysis
  • Problem Solving: Draws from all available resources and uses logic to develop solutions to complex or difficult issues
  • Business Knowledge: Develop a comprehensive understanding of the products, initiatives and goals of the
  • business.
  • Excellence focused:  Demonstrates discipline and commitment to turn strategy into reality; drives results by focusing on prioritization and continuous improvement
  • Inquisitive:  Shows curiosity, asks probing questions and challenges the status quo to make strong decisions while managing and driving change
  • Optimistic:  Has a positive outlook; aligns with business needs and has a can-do attitude
  • Influencer: Persuades others to follow a path; can negotiate to win
  • Adaptability:  Demonstrates resilience and versatility when pivoting to meet changing business needs
  • Risk Management:  Forecasts and evaluates risk to make insight-driven decisions; implements measures to mitigate unnecessary risks
  • Compliance Data Analysis:  Gathers, analyzes and interprets business performance and related compliance data and metrics to prioritize and make risk-based decisions, monitor compliance via standards and assess and mitigate compliance risk in order to provide value-added data to the business


Positions Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of highly demonstrable experience in pharmaceutical or medical device Compliance advisory role a must, with at least 2-3 years of related experience in Compliance supporting a consumer and/or digital business in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry strongly preferred
  • Prior experience in business/customer facing role required
  • Prior experience supporting buy and bill products
  • Prior experience managing projects.


  • Compliance certification preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Awareness of federal fraud and abuse laws and guidance, including the ACCME guidelines, the Office of Inspector General reports, and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and an understanding of the roles and authority of government agencies and industry partners including FDA, OIG, FTC, PhRMA and AdvaMed
  • Demonstrated experience supporting pricing and contracting strategy for pharmaceutical or medical device products
  • Strong collaborator who is equally comfortable challenging the status quo
  • Able to balance the need to triage problems while still driving to sustainable solutions
  • Demonstrates strong leadership and influencing skills to manage complex projects and lead others without authority
  • Responsible to implement and maintain activities across multiple therapeutic areas with limited supervision
  • Serves as advisor to client and project manages complex, revenue generating business
  • Ability to travel ~25%

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