Manager, Early Career Programs

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 28, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Role Overview:

As a member of the AbbVie Early Career Development Programs team, contribute to the design, delivery, and measurement of enterprise-wide rotational programs and practices.  The team’s goal is to select the best early career talent, provide them with experiences that accelerate their readiness to become capable business leaders and strengthen AbbVie’s long-term leadership pipeline.  Ensure our early career programs support AbbVie’s business imperatives and are aligned to the Talent Team strategy and goals.

Responsible for leading three Corporate Staff Function early career rotational programs supporting Finance, BTS (Information Technology) and Human Resources. The programs total 50-55 program members who rotate through multiple 6 to 12-month assignments across the Finance, BTS or HR functional units.  Program manager responsibilities include program member selection, management of members throughout their rotations, identification of assignments and Assignment Managers, partnering with Assignment Managers to ensure impactful experience for members.

Reports to the Associate Director, Early Career.  Along with other Early Career Program Managers, partners extensively with Talent Team colleagues including University Relations, Executive Development, Talent Management, Talent Development and People Insights.  Works and collaborates with Business Human Resources (BHR) partners and Program sponsors/business leaders 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all program member activities including onboarding, rotational assignments, leadership and professional skills development, and off-boarding/program graduation transition into full time roles.
  • Collaborate with University Relations colleagues to attract and hire program participants and potential intern feeder pool candidates.
  • Provide program members with regular coaching and feedback on their performance, behaviors, and results.  Ensure assignment managers are providing accurate, consistent feedback on member business performance and results (i.e., goals) and expected behaviors (Ways We Work Leadership Attributes.)  
  • Connect Program practices to broader business unit Talent objectives. Understand the internal talent environment as well as the external market and competitive landscape.  Use data to inform specific skills and capabilities needed in candidate profiles and anticipate/plan hiring demand volumes.  Create and implement program effectiveness scorecard/measurement.  Serve as an early career talent expert for program business sponsors and steering committee. 
  • Create and manage program expenses and budget.     
  • Partner with Talent Management, Business HR, and Assignment Managers to deliver talent assessments (TMR) and performance calibration sessions consistent with enterprise Talent practices.
  • Partner with Program Business Sponsors, Steering Committee Members, Business Human Resources, Assignment Managers, member Mentors and program alumni to ensure overall program management operational success.
  • Contribute to and support the design and delivery of standard Early Career leadership and professional skills curriculum.  Lead the identification and implementation of additional learning curriculum specific to the ODP functional and technical training needs.    


Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Minimum of 5+ years of professional experience, ideally in a Human Resources/Talent field such as University Relations, Early Career Programs, Talent Management, Learning and Development or Business Human Resources
  • Strong project management, attention to detail and execution skills. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong executive presence with capability to influence executive audiences.
  • Exceptional stakeholder management, consulting skills and ability to successfully navigate complex, ambiguous environments.
  • Ability to balance broader Early Career and Talent Team-wide goals with local/individual line of business goals to ensure successful, consistent implementation. 
  • Strong business and financial acumen skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in MS Office suite PowerPoint, Excel and Word.  Capable of building executive ready presentations.
  • Proficient in use of virtual meeting platform tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, etc.

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