Director Medical Affairs, Ophthalmology

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 30, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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The Director, Medical Affairs, Ophthalmology (JEM&A TA Lead) is a key strategic leader within GMA with the following key deliverables:

  • Ophthalmology TA leadership across JEM&A
  • Development of Global Medical Affairs strategy and tactics for any assigned asset(s) including data generation, scientific communications and synthesis of insights

The Director, Global Medical Affairs must conduct their work activities in compliance with all AbbVie requirements and with all applicable regional regulatory requirements. AbbVie requirements include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements, and objectives.


The employee is expected to be fully capable of performing roles encompassed in the preceding grade levels within the job family as required by the organization. Additional activities, special projects and assignments may be given, as required.  As a result, the percentage of time spent across key duties and responsibilities will vary depending on project assignments, therapeutic area needs and the requirements within GMA.


The employee must conduct their work activities in compliance with all AbbVie internal requirements and with all applicable regulatory requirements.  AbbVie internal requirements include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements and objectives.




1. Strategic and Tactical Planning                                                                                      

  • Provide medical/scientific strategic and operational input into Medical Affairs plans and activities, representing the Area/affiliates in coordination with the Global team
  • Serve as the Global TA Lead for assigned AST and related governance panels
  • Serve as the Medical Affairs Area and TA scientific/disease state expert for GMA, broader R&D, Commercial, and other functions within area of responsibility
  • Contribute to Commercial planning by leveraging medical/scientific expertise, knowledge of scientific data and understanding of the external healthcare environment


2. Medical and Scientific Data Generation and Communication                                            

  • Provide leadership in the development and execution of Area/affiliate TA data generation plans (e.g. Phase 4 and IIS)
  • Collaborate with Global Asset Leads to ensure that Area needs are incorporated into robust publication plans aligned with GMA data generation governance
  • Contribute to the development and review of trial proposals and publications
  • Provide guidance on MSL materials and content used in communications
  • Establish and maintain internal organizational links with the broader R&D, Commercial and other departments to ensure appropriate support for the projects


3. External Relationships                                                                                            

  • Establish and maintain relationships with top tier external experts across JEM&A (and as necessary, beyond) to establish a strong scientific presence in the clinical and academic communities
  • Collaborate with country Ophthalmology Leads to ensure thought leader development and communication is optimized. Collaborate with HEOR to establish scientific and clinical credibility with payers, managed market/market access and healthcare decision makers
  • Create and deliver portfolio-related clinical presentations and participate in prioritized scientific congresses
  • Collect external insights to inform AbbVie strategy (e.g. via advisory boards, strategic insights, field insight discussions, etc.)




Education and Experience 

  • Medical degree, PhD, PharmD and/or other higher scientific degree. Preferably board-certified qualification in Ophthalmology or equivalent and pharmaceutical industry recognized qualification e.g. MSc
  • Biopharmaceutical/medical device industry experience essential, including experience with late phase studies, publications and field-based medical affairs roles. 2 years of therapeutic area relevant experience required

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively in a team/matrix environment
  • Strong communicator
  • Strong presentation, teaching skills and written/verbal communication skills necessary to meet the needs of various audiences
  • Ability to influence others without direct reporting relationships
  • Must have a solid understanding of applicable legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Good understanding of Good Clinical Practices, ICH guidelines, EFPIA/PhRMA codes, FDA CFR, ISO, clinical research ethics, patient privacy laws, EU Directives and other applicable local regulations
  • Strong understanding of Medical Affairs principles, study design and publications
  • Proficient with electronic systems including Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, videoconferencing platforms
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple priorities
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with remote or minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated strengths in the following areas:
    • Planning, organizational, project management and analytical skills
    • Oral and written communication
    • Time management
    • Negotiation
    • Conflict management and resolution
    • Problem solving
    • Attention to detail
    • Interpersonal and networking skills
    • Motivational skills
    • Cross-cultural sensitivity
    • Customer service orientation


Significant Work Activities
Yes, 25 % of the Time
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