National MSL Director, Women's Health

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 07, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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.

  • Establish vision and provide active leadership: Set leadership tone and direction and co-establish vision for therapeutic field-medical team. Align field-medical strategy with the TA. Infuse AbbVie Ways of Working and Talent Philosophy in day-to-day leadership and embrace a “One AbbVie” mindset. Establishes a productive work environment and positive culture, by creating trust and respect within the group and developing an atmosphere of confidence.
  • Establish vision and provide active leadership: Recruitment and retention of key talent for AbbVie. Build an organization that reflects a diverse workforce. Maintains high visibility and open communication to entire field based MSL team, supporting retention of top talent for AbbVie. Manages Performance Management process, Growth Plans and Professional Development as well as Succession Planning for National field-medical team.
  • Optimize field strategy and determine tactical execution plan: Proactively co-develops strategy and executes a plan for field based scientific support of therapeutic area on market products as well as portfolio pipeline process. Ongoing analysis and prioritization of clinical/market trends to develop key supporting strategies, scientific data gaps, and field materials needed to meet business objectives at the TA level.
  • Optimize field strategy and determine tactical execution plan: Direct analysis of MSL field medical insights and synthesis of clinical/market trends to inform TA objectives. Lead the development of key supporting strategies and action plans to meet business objective and address field-identified gaps and/or opportunities, in partnership with TA Leads/Heads. Align External Expert relationships with the needs of the functions and relevant medical initiatives on an ongoing basis.
  • Optimize field strategy and determine tactical execution plan: Has oversight of the activities of the field medical team to achieve AbbVie’s clinical and business objectives, and related strategic initiatives. Quantify and report MSL impact on organizational goals and business medical objectives. Fiscal accountability and deployment of resources at the National level, both financial and human. develop field-strategies at both global and national level in designated therapeutic area.
  • Oversight and accountability for comprehensive training to field-medical team: Ensures clinical and business competency of self, field leadership, and field team to include scientific , gap identification, and development. Oversee execution of training, in conjunction with the Assistant Scientific Director and/or other members of the TA. Ensures the competency of each MSL as it relates to regulations, guidelines, and therapeutically relevant clinical/scientific information.
  • Foster infield-team effectiveness: Maintains proactive and responsible communication within Commercial, HEOR, Global Medical Information, Healthcare Solutions and other stakeholders, as it relates to MSL activities/ outcomes that support the achievement of medical objectives. Demonstrate organizational savvy and knowledge of various stakeholders interfacing with Medical Affairs.
  • Collaborate with cross-therapeutic peers to enhance field-medical function: Interfaces with other Field Medical Leads across AbbVie businesses to ensure standardization, consistency, and enhancement of field-medical teams. Proactively identifies opportunities to align MSL clinical resources globally, minimizing costs and increasing efficiencies. Directly accountable for an operating budget and aligning that with US medical affairs resource needs.
  • Continue to drive evolution of MSL pipeline contribution: Develop expectations for field-medical asset and study leads. Strategically align with TA to prioritize MSL involvement with clinical programs, identify gaps and provide proactive solutions, and contribute to the scientific platform and strategic business decisions as it relates to clinical and asset development.
  • Regulatory and compliance accountability: Maintains regulatory and compliance expertise at all times on internal and external regulatory practices. Accountable for compliance within the team, including monitoring to protect AbbVie from risk. Allocates MSL resources in a way that delivers results on business/clinical strategies, while protecting AbbVie from risk

  • Bachelor’s degree in the health sciences from an accredited university required. Advanced degree required in a relevant scientific discipline. Doctorate strongly preferred in a health science or clinical discipline. Significant industry experience in relevant therapeutic area preferred.
  • At least 5 years of direct people management required. Greater than or equal to 5 years industry related experience with demonstrated leadership success in a pharmaceutical or Biotech Company required. Preferably, this would be an individual with multiple years of pharmaceutical management and corporate experience.
  • Exhibits leadership attributes that align with company-wide initiatives such as: All for One AbbVie, Clear and Courageous, Make Possibilities Real, Agile and Accountable, and Decide Smart and Sure.
  • Flexibility in adapting/reacting to changing market dynamics and competitive challenges. Tolerance for ambiguity and the ability to be flexible within the work environment. High sense of urgency and commitment to excellence in the successful achievement of objectives. Excellent planning and mastery of organizational skills to demonstrate leadership and initiative.
  • Teamwork is a mandatory requirement as it involves internal/external networking in the district, region, franchise and across departments. Ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Advanced analytical, conceptual and administrative skills. Excellent proven communication skills: oral, written and presentation. Excellent problem solving ability in concert with strong negotiation skills. Competent to use standard computer technologies including integrated business software (word processing, spreadsheet) and other common applications.
  • Demonstrated exceptional business judgment and the ability to influence and lead without authority. Clear strategic, tactical, and visionary capabilities with the ability to establish, articulate, and pull through vision for their team.
  • Mastery of the ability to manage multiple priorities. Must be able to identify and analyze the needs of the business and translate problems into business opportunities.
  • Knowledge of personnel management including recruitment, hiring, progressive discipline process, coaching and motivation.

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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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.