Therapeutic Area Lead, US Medical Affairs, Hematology

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 09, 2021
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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.

Medical Affairs acts to bridge the gap between drug development and real world medical practice.  As an organization, we are responsible for the practical and clinically meaningful data strategy and delivery of information regarding marketed and investigational therapies in order to inform clinical use and transform patient care. We have an exciting opportunity for a Therapeutic Area Lead Hematology, in Medical Affairs based in Lake County, IL 

The TA Lead-Hematology will lead the Hematology therapeutic area team within US Medical Affairs to develop and execute the US Medical Affairs strategy for AbbVie Hematology asset(s) in development and on market.

Key responsibilities Include:

  • Actively participates in advancing and communicating corporate and Medical Affairs philosophy and agenda. Participates as a member of TA Management. Coordinates induction, mentoring, training, and development of team. Identifies training needs. May supervise 2-10 employees, including other MDs or PhDs. Responsible for all aspects of talent management for own team and provides feedback as part of TA management. May assist in developing/mentoring junior medical affairs staff.
  • Participates in design and execution of clinical trial safety, product safety and risk management plans.  May also carry responsibility for routine and adhoc safety monitoring reports to regulatory agencies.  May review, assess and report applicable Adverse Events (AE’s) and Serious Adverse Events (SAE’s) if assigned to AbbVie conduct on clinical studies. 
  • Oversees the conduct of clinical trials and is medically and scientifically accountable for resolution of safety (AE’s & SAE’s) issues, interpretation of statistical analyses for clinical significance, PI selection, scientific documents reporting safety monitoring and other scientific reports submitted to the regulatory authorities. 
  • All clinical research / development activities for products under development, and for post approval commitments such as regulatory agency mandated trials, or those intended to support product registration or to generate data for label inclusion remain the primary responsibility of TA development teams. Assists with the scientific review, development, approval, execution and communication of affiliate/area/global medical affairs sponsored or supported clinical research activities.
  • Drives medical affairs activities and generation and dissemination of data supporting overall product scientific and business strategy. May 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.
  • May act as consultant/liaison with other corporations when working under licensing agreements and/or in the evaluation of new business development opportunities.
  • Oversees scientific/medical education of investigators, clinical monitors, and Global Project Team members related to therapeutic area or disease specific information. Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a therapeutic area resource. May develop scientifically accurate marketing materials, medical education programs, advisories, and symposia. Maintains an up-to-date analysis of competitor product information. 
  • Represents AbbVie at external meetings including investigator meetings, scientific association meetings, etc. May act as medical/scientific leader for several programs within an area. May represent the medical function on cross-functional integrated teams for medical affairs activities.
  • Responsible for understanding the regulatory requirements related to the clinical studies and global drug development and accountable for complying with those requirements. Serves as the scientific team interface for key regulatory discussions.
  • Drives Medical Affairs strategies and is a key internal contact/subject matter expert. May lead 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.



  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD, DO) with relevant therapeutic specialty (Hematology/Oncology) in an academic or hospital environment highly preferred. Relevant therapeutic area clinical experience and/or Medical Affairs in an academic, hospital or pharma environment required. 
  • National license to practice medicine with relevant therapeutic specialty in an academic or hospital environment. Academic qualification (Dr. med or equal) is strongly preferred. Completion of residency and/or fellowship is preferred. Advanced academic qualification is warranted. 
  • Typically 8 years of clinical trial or medical affairs experience in the pharmaceutical industry or academia or equivalent. 
  • Must have pharmaceutical and or biotech industry experience. 
  • Proven leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment.  
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.  
  • Ability to run a clinical study or medical affairs team independently with little supervision. 
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience in development strategy and the design of protocols.  
  • Expert knowledge in a relevant therapeutic specialty (Oncology).  
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.  
  • Must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills. 
  • Must have basic understanding of Pharmacovigilance practices for Clinical Development programs.   
  • Demonstrated sense of urgency and strong goal orientation, an ability to make decisions and a history of meeting deadlines and objectives.


  • Completion of residency and/or fellowship. At least one further major international language.  

Key AbbVie Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance 
  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change the course quickly where indicated 
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo 
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement 
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality. 

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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