Associate Director, Transformation Team

South San Francisco, California
Dec 29, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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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 Transformation Team works side-by-side with the AbbVie executive team on many of the most pressing issues facing the organization to drive implementation of transformational efforts across our pipeline. Guidance from this team will have a direct impact on the future success of AbbVie.

Describe the primary goals, objectives or functions or outputs of this position.

As an Associate Director of R&D Transformation, you will partner with leaders across AbbVie and be a high performing team member responsible for supporting major initiatives including implementation of new R&D operating models and capabilities.   The Transformation Team will provide high profile and high impact development experiences for team members.  Achieving these goals requires a combination of excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, broad strategic thinking, and an ability to synthesize inputs and drive alignment in complex situations.


  • Support development of high-profile strategic initiatives within the R&D organization ranging from novel R&D operating models to acceleration of clinical trials to bring innovative medicines to patients.
  • Translate strategic vision into action by effectively managing implementation of individual modules within complex, cross-functional initiatives, including driving the problem-solving process and supporting research and analytics, and distilling pragmatic recommendations for management consideration
  • Partner with VP and executive level stakeholders, acting as a thought-partner on key business decisions that impact the current and future state of AbbVie.
  • Bring together strategic, operational, and evidence-based support to lead and create opportunities for sustained ops excellence across functional areas.
  • Bring rigorous conceptual and analytical thinking to answer key R&D questions for AbbVie leveraging internal and external intelligence and resources as required.

  • Bachelors or equivalent degree required.  Advanced degree (PharmD, PhD, MD, MBA) highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 4+ with Bachelors, 3+ with Masters and 2+ with PhD years of experience in a competitive, fast paced environment such as management consulting, pharmaceutical R&D, and/or manufacturing.
  • Experience managing large projects within a complex matrixed organization as a consultant to a pharmaceutical organization, either as an external consultant or an internal cross-functional lead.
  • Demonstrated ability to present data and metrics to executive leadership teams that will lead to better business outcomes.
  • Recognized team player with proven facilitative leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment.  Proven performance in a matrix environment with ability to influence and align stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  Ability to interact externally and internally to support business strategy.
  • Strong analytical skills.  Recognized ability to evaluate complex issues from multiple perspectives to ensure that balanced risk assessments are made.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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.