Associate Director, Medical Writing, Global Scientific Publications, Aesthetics and Eye Care

Irvine, California
Nov 24, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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.



The Associate Director, Medical Writing is responsible for leading a writing team corresponding to a Therapeutic Area(s) (eg, Eye Care, Immunology, Neurology, Oncology). This individual is responsible for managing team members, including performance assessments, training and feedback, resolution of issues, and professional development. They will oversee the execution of scientific publications (ie, manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and oral presentations) that fulfill strategic objectives and ensure publications are completed on-time, consistently, and with high quality. The Associate Director, Medical Writing serves as an expert in publications processes and policies and provides medical writing expertise to team members. They are responsible for writing and managing high priority scientific publications with input from internal and external authors as well as key internal stakeholders. This role interfaces regularly with other functional areas including statistics, health outcomes, medical affairs, and clinical development. It is expected that this individual continuously assesses processes and policies, ensures implementation and consistent adherence, and makes updates, as needed. The Associate Director, Medical Writing also leads and/or participates in special project teams/initiatives that impact medical writing/publications processes and policies.



  • Effectively manages multiple projects and competing priorities for own writing projects and those of direct reports. Provides oversight of execution of compliant scientific publications in partnership with Senior Publication Manager/Associate Director, Publications, including assessment of overall workload, and ensuring resources and capacities are consistently utilized and properly allocated.
  • Identifies and assists in resolution of conflicts and capacity constraints to ensure timelines are managed to successfully meet strategic business objectives. Develops and proposes contingency plans to ensure resource constraints or potential schedule delays are proactively resolved to minimize impact.
  • Provides medical writing expertise, leadership, project management support, and strategic input on publication development within a therapeutic area(s). Ensures publications authored by direct reports are of high-quality and follow company policies/processes.
  • Hire, on-board, train, and supervise team members, including conducting performance reviews as well as professional development and talent retention activities.
  • Support the Head and/or Director of Medical Writing in authoring and maintaining MW process documents (eg, templates, guidance documents, job aides), as needed, to align with department and organizational goals, and to stay compliant with corporate and industry guidelines.
  • Participates in or leads initiatives that are applicable to the MW and broader Publications Team.
  • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing with diverse audiences and across various levels within the organization and with external thought leaders.
  • Build strategic partnerships and develop a strong knowledge of key resources available within the organization. Collaborate effectively with management and SMEs to design optimal cross-functional solutions.




  • Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Preferred Education: Advanced degree (ie, PhD, PharmD, Master’s Degree); relevant professional certification/credential (eg, AMWA) is a plus
  • Required Experience: 6+ years of medical/scientific publications (or related) experience required in pharmaceutical industry, academia, or related (eg, medical communication agency); people management experience required.
  • Demonstrated abilities in a leadership capacity required. Experience with building teams and providing coaching, mentoring, training, and addressing performance issues, as appropriate, to drive high performance. 2+ years in leadership role with strong project management skills. Able to increase the level of skill of team over time.
  • Experience developing and implementing processes and projects.
  • Exercises judgment in distinguishing issues needing elevation, as well as the level to which an issue should be elevated. Proactive at resolving problems; needs little guidance on identifying potential issues, developing/proposing solutions, and executing on the plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating cross functionally and participating in cross-functional initiatives that have advanced a group’s or department’s reach and influence. Ability to navigate relationships with senior management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must continually train/be compliant with all current industry requirements as they relate to publication practices.
  • Note: Higher education may compensate for years of experience. Years of experience may also compensate for lower education.


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.