Director Combination and Medical Device Products

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 28, 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.

Director Combination and Device Products, Operations Science and Technology – Grade 21

Operations Science & Technology Combination Products supports technical and scientific activities related to design development, transfer and on-market design management of medical devices and drug delivery systems supporting combination products at AbbVie. The director leads and directs others in technical projects including development, manufacturing and design changes.  Product types vary and include plastic disposable and implantable products and electromechanical devices with integrated software. The position is responsible for technical leadership, establishing goals that are consistent with development, manufacturing and customer requirements, implementing plans/policies, assigning duties and responsibilities, and managing employee performance to meet division goals and commitments.  Projects and programs include product design, design transfer from development to manufacturing, troubleshooting of product and process failures, and contributing to regulatory submissions, in compliance with device design controls (FDA 21CFR820.30 and/or ISO 13485). The director will be responsible for establishing technical partnerships with AbbVie manufacturing sites and product partners and contributes to product lifecycle strategies and plans.  In addition, the position will have responsibility for developing product knowledge and building capabilities especially in the area of software driven electromechanical products. Experience with combination products and especially medical device design and manufacture is required.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide mature, credible medical device leadership at AbbVie
  • Provide a positive leadership model for scientists and engineers within Operations Science & Technology. Maintain and direct a highly diversified cross functional staff of professionals to insure that all aspects of product life cycle management are completed on time, within budget and meet highest scientific, regulatory, quality, marketing and commercial standards
  • Evaluate and introduce new technology and apply advanced scientific and engineering analysis to applications in development and manufacturing while assuring the incorporation of knowledge of current regulations, guidance documents and competitive environment into decisions and strategy
  • Provide rapid and accurate evaluation of new business opportunities
  • Develop and communicate cost estimates, business plans, timelines and contingency plans
  • Identify and recruit resources to accomplish project and departmental objectives within agreed time scope, and operating in an open communication environment whilst stressing scientific/compliance excellence Planning, maintaining and managing a departmental salary budget, an operating budget and project budgets Participate in capital planning and capital project execution to advance the department
  • Make go/no-go decisions related to project responsibilities
  • Represent AbbVie to regulatory agencies (US/ROW as appropriate) by supplying verbal or written information and/or participation in face-to-face meetings for responsible activities Establish, maintain and foster good working relationships with internal stakeholders and business partners. Provide effective technical and business leadership at the R&D/Operations interface.

Level of Leadership Activities:

  • Coordinates strategy and technical activities of the project team
  • Champions new technologies demonstrate applicability departments/business units
  • Reviews and critiques technical documentation, regulatory submissions and presentations for others. Consistently and effectively presents complex technical data to large and diverse groups.
  • Trains and develops others using a variety of techniques. Advances the level of technical expertise within the division. Establishes project operation criteria and technical standards for excellence. Generates new product ideas consistent with company strategy.  Prepares and aligns impact goals with department and cross-functional goals.

Level of Interpersonal Skill:

  • Leads cross functional teams. Maintains and develops broad external and internal contacts to maintain technical knowledge as required to accomplish strategic needs of the division.
  • Has demonstrated technical leadership in a multi-disciplinary environment. 
  • Mentors others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance. Provides direct reports with tasks / project assignment opportunities for employee development and evaluates performance.
  • Establishes networks. Follows through on project goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business, e.g. participates in team meetings; serves either as functional subject matter expert or independent technical expert in design reviews.



  • Master’s Degree or equivalent related experience in Electrical, Computer, Biomedical, Mechanical or Materials Science Engineering or related field. PhD or equivalent experience in a related scientific discipline is highly desired.
  • The incumbent would be expected to have10+ years of experience in medical device design, development and operations technical services roles, including at least 6+ years of managerial experience in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry.
  • Strong background and expertise in product development, marketed product support, technical issue resolution & related technical, manufacturing, regulatory and compliance fields.
  • Electrical or mechatronics experience strongly preferred.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 10 % 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.