Director, Meta-Research, Health Economics

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 26, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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The Director, Meta-Research, leads and manages a team of researchers and is responsible and accountable for the design and execution of systematic literature reviews and meta-analytic comparative analyses with key cross-functional partners to inform integrated evidence plans and internal asset strategy, as well as HTA and patient access decision-making.

The Director, Meta-Research, will cultivate strong partnerships to enable effective cross-functional collaboration with other internal groups including HEOR-Strategy and Economic Modeling CoE, and the Commercial organization (eg, Market Access and HTA Strategy Teams). This role serves as a leader within HEOR for departmental activities and for other internal AbbVie enterprise-wide initiatives to drive adoption/uptake of standards and best practices for meta-research.

Managerial responsibilities for the Director include attracting, mentoring, and retaining a staff ; managing annual strategic planning for meta-research plans aligned with TA / asset strategy; and managing budget & resources for the meta-research team.


Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible and accountable for the design and execution of systematic literature reviews and metaresearch (eg, NMA/ITC) aligned with asset strategy to support the entire AbbVie portfolio to meet multiple stakeholder needs
  • Leads & manages a productive team to ensure timely execution of meta-research to inform internal strategy, differentiate AbbVie’s portfolio, and meet business and global needs
  • Develop pragmatic literature reviews internally to inform portfolio decision making– identify opportunities for automation (pragmatic and quick ITCs as needed)
  • Design and execute comparative studies which will be fit for purpose for most HTA countries (including ICER) allowing countries to run scenarios and adapt their HTA strategy as needed
  • Design innovative solutions for challenging cases (e.g., non proportional Hazards, sparse network, validation of surrogacy or single arm studies)
  • Communicate results, assumptions & limitations in a concise way and informing decisions
  • Responsible for coordination with HEOR LT to define priority Assets/indications and oversee allocation of direct and in-direct resources to develop an industry-leading capability
  • Serve as internal/external thought leader to identify new methodologies and advancements in metaresearch and applications
  • Leads/Participates in cross-functional above brand initiatives and development of standards/best practices for data extraction, standard coding for ITCs, SLRs and meta-research for AbbVie
  • Develops and delivers educational resources for functions across AbbVie on data extraction, systematic literature reviews and meta-research
  • Recruits, mentors, and trains staff to build productive meta-research team


Basic Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Health Economics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Health Services Research or a related discipline (MS, MPH, PharmD, PhD) preferred
  • Minimum of 7+ years is required with relevant pharmaceutical industry experience in the area of Meta-research, Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment or related area
  • Demonstrated experience with systematic literature reviews and meta-research and integration of research into HTA or reimbursement submissions
  • Demonstrated understanding of the reimbursement requirements, including the HTA review process for key international markets and experience with reimbursement submissions to managed care or national authorities
  • Experience in handling delivery of services across complex matrix environments and on a global level
  • Proven track record in Health Economics or Outcomes Research obtained in either Industry or consultancy
  • Project management skills including the ability to steer and drive the team towards objectives and hold team members accountable as well as highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively to leverage other HEOR CoE capabilities (Meta-Research, RWE & Analytics, PCO)
  • Develop standards and respond quickly to business questions
  • Strong leadership expertise & strong communication skills
  • Ability to attract, maintain talent & lead high-performing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence in rapidly changing environment
  • Travel – Position requires up to 10% travel

Significant Work Activities
Yes, 10 % of the Time
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