Director, Operations S&T Pipeline Programs

Worcester, Massachusetts
Jun 26, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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The Director, Pipeline Programs S&T (Science & Technology) develops and implements effective strategies for worldwide pharmaceutical, analytical and drug-device combination product development to support Operations CMC activity required for regulatory agency submissions and post market product support. Drives Operations CMC development for a designated therapeutic area in partnership ALB and ADT program/project teams. Works cross-functionally, to assure and focus availability of internal and external capabilities for projects assuring effective decision making in a timely and expeditious manner.

  • Ensure CMC strategies are not only focused on delivering an NDA/BLA but also widely consider a robust product with consistent manufacturability and effective launch.  Provides input and supports Operations’ LRP decisions for the designated therapeutic area.
  • Represent the Operations function on pipeline project teams to ensure that R&D CMC strategies consider Operations CMC elements while ensuring overall alignment and consistent communication of ALB/ADT information to Operations teams.
  • Develop plans for RSL, SQL and validation runs at commercial sites or commercial manufacturing partners.
  • Accountable for selection and qualification of key suppliers in collaboration with Operations functional project team leads
  • Accountable for early determination of commercial site selection and assurance of supply strategies and communication to development team
  • Effective communication of all aspects of operational requirements to the CMC program
  • Work closely with regulatory to develop strategies or options to support the operations direction for the asset/product.
  • Ensure R&D manufacturing partners and technology selections are consistent with operations
  • Assures prioritization and resource usage across the Science & Technology and broader Operations function is in line with overall pipeline prioritization. Determine the appropriate level of CMC data versus risk in accelerated programs
  • Ensure launch plan requirements are communicated effectively through R&D CMC, Clinical and Commercial teams. Effectively communicate program/product milestones to Operations senior management ahead of governance meetings.

  • PhD or advanced degree in related science field and additional business education or business degree with extended education/experience in drug development.
  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and 5+ years in a new product development environment. This experience should include successfully transitional projects from research to the marketplace.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic area preferred but not required
  • Experience in a manufacturing/operations environment is preferred 
  • At least 2 years of experience in an Operations CMC related role

Significant Work Activities
Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 25 % 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.