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Associate Director, Clinical Development

Irvine, California
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Sep 22, 2022

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The Associate Scientific Director, Clinical Development will have global or regional responsibilities and fulfil the roles of Core Team Lead, Clinical Program Lead, Clinical Science Lead and Clinical Scientist.  The Associate Director, Clinical Development should expect to be asked to participate in internal process improvement activities within R&D and Clinical Development, as well as mentor and provide guidance to junior team members.

The position may be remote based in US.


  • As the Core Team Lead, be responsible and accountable for the leadership and results of a project’s cross functional Core Team. The CTL leads the team throughout the development process as outlined in the Growth Product Flow model, including Life-cycle management. The CTL fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, mutual respect, transparent communication, and data driven analyses according to the highest scientific standards and a focus on efficient and timely solutions. He/she leads the development of the Global Development Strategy, in collaboration with the Core Team and other applicable functional and regional input. Once completed, the CTL will lead the execution of the agreed Global Development Strategy and is responsible for
  • Ensuring alignment between the Governance Board, Core Team and Sub-teams
  • Developing the project milestones with the Core team and seeking endorsement from the Governance Board on the Global Development Strategy, Stage Gates and other decisions requiring Governance Board endorsement
  • Guiding the project through the defined Stage Gates
  • Analyzing, managing project risks and proposing solutions for risk mitigation
  • Resolving project/functional conflicts
  • Managing, together with the Project Manager, the project budget and timelines
  • With the Project Manager and core project team members from Commercial, managing the valuation of the project.
  • Communicating any potential risks to the Governance Board co-chairs and any relevant line functions in a timely manner
  • If applicable, managing external partnerships and ensuring alignment and preparation for Joint Development Committee (JDC) meetings 

2. As the Clinical Program Lead, be responsible and accountable for the development, implementation and delivery of the global clinical development strategy for a given project within time, budget and with high quality.  This will entail leading the development of the Clinical Development Plan in collaboration with the Clinical Science Lead and members of the Clinical Sub-Team and ensuring alignment with the agreed Global Development Strategy.  Once completed, the CPL leads the execution of the agreed Clinical Development Plan and is responsible for: 

  • Ensuring alignment between the Core Team, Clinical Sub-team and Clinical Trial Team(s)
  • Developing the proposed clinical milestones with the Clinical Sub-team
    Working towards the achievement of defined project stage gates and milestones
  • Overseeing all clinical development activities in collaboration with the Clinical Sub-Team and Clinical Trial Team(s)
  • Managing the project-related clinical development budget with the Clinical Sub-Team and Project Manager
  • Ensuring that decisions made by the Clinical Sub-team have functional backing
  • Communicating project progress to their line function managers.
  • Communicating to the Core Team leader, Core Team and relevant functions any potential issues or risks (e.g., changes or significant risks to the Clinical Development Plan, new safety concerns) upon identification in a timely manner
  • Providing Clinical Development oversight on clinical development aspects for ongoing clinical trials

3. As the Clinical Science Lead, be responsible and accountable for the scientific validity and integrity of the Clinical Development Plan and all clinical content, including, but not limited to protocols, IBs/IDFUs, clinical data reviews, CSRs, regulatory submissions, and publications associated with the clinical trials. 

You will participate in the development of the Clinical Development Plan by contributing the scientific/clinical expertise for the strategy. Once completed, the CSL is responsible for and leads the scientific/clinical aspects of the execution of the defined Clinical Development Plan and is responsible for:

  • Acting as a key contact for the Core Team, Clinical Sub-team and Clinical Trial Team(s) regarding the scientific/clinical development aspects of a project.
  • Providing scientific/clinical oversight for the clinical trial in collaboration with the Clinical Sub-team members.
  • Ensuring the review of clinical data, including protocol deviations.
  • Interpreting and communicating, with the CPL, clinical trial results.
  • Collaborating with the CPL, the Clinical Sub-team and functional representatives in the development of clinical trial, regulatory and other scientific documents (e.g., Regulatory documents, presentations at congresses and publications). 

4. As the Clinical Scientist, be responsible and accountable for the scientific/clinical implementation of the Clinical Development Plan at the Clinical Trial Team level. The position supports the Clinical Project Lead and Clinical Science Lead in the development of the Clinical Development Plan and associated clinical trial content (e.g., protocols, IBs/IDFUs, CRFs, CSRs, regulatory submissions, and publications) by contributing to scientific/clinical information aligned with the strategy.

The position is the key Clinical Development contact for the Clinical Trial Team and is responsible for:

    • Representing Clinical Development as a core team member on the Clinical Trial Team
    • Providing a clinical review of study-specific documentation and training materials.
    • Writing of clinical study reports and specifically the clinical portions of regulatory submissions
    • Performing clinical data reviews
    • Assessing reported protocol deviations
    • Ensuring resolution of identified issues during clinical data and protocol deviation reviews cross-functionally and with Investigational sites in collaboration with the Clinical Trial Team


  • Relevant science degree (e.g., Masters, MD, PharmD, PhD); Scientific knowledge and experience in the relevant Therapeutic Area (Devices) preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of overall work experience or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical/research experience in the pharmaceutical/device industry preferred
  • Ability to travel up to at least 15% of time, including international travel

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action 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. If you would like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email


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, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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