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Director, Purification Development

Worcester, Massachusetts
Start date
Nov 27, 2022
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The Director, Purification Development’s primary responsibility is to the vision and strategy for the department, plan and ensure timely delivery of program objectives and coach, develop, hire, the scientific talent. The director establishes goals that are consistent with the portfolio and functional priorities and ensures the right balance between near term and longer-term objectives to position the department for sustained success through tangible capability improvement. The director will leverage their process development expertise to guide a technically diverse staff of highly specialized scientists and technicians with a strong emphasis on group culture. He/she is a key link between purification development function and other functional groups across AbbVie to ensure seamless partnership and progress on objectives in a collaborative manner.


  • Lead all activities related to biologics drug substance purification development from preclinical to on-marketed products within Operations at AbbVie.
  • Provide mature, credible purification CMC leadership and technical expertise for in-depth process understanding for biologics assets at AbbVie.
  • Own the development of process control strategy and partner with MSAT and Manufacturing organization on parameter range and criticality definition and with the analytical organization on the testing strategy as a part of product control strategy.
  • Demonstrate a positive senior leadership model for scientists within Operations S&T. Create an environment of scientific excellence and innovation.
  • Guide a highly diversified cross functional staff of professionals to ensure that all aspects CMC life cycle management are completed on time, and meet highest scientific, regulatory, quality, and commercial standards.
  • Evaluate and introduce new technology with applications in purification development such as new modality toolbox – in multi-specifics, antibody drug-conjugate and gene therapy process development, process modeling, and process intensification/continuous processing. Develop a strong partnership with Manufacturing organization to champion platform improvements.
  • Provide guidance, create, and implement strategic systems to improve workflows within purification development including deployment of digital tools, automation, and other lab practices.
  • Be a strong partner to other CMC development colleagues to establish the appropriate CMC strategy in a phase appropriate manner. Champion QbD principles in CMC development.
  • Provide rapid and accurate evaluation of new business opportunities. Develop and communicate cost estimates, business plans, timelines, and contingency plan.
  • Identify and recruit resources to accomplish project and departmental objectives within agreed time scope and operating in an open communication environment while stressing scientific/compliance excellence. 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. Provide effective technical and business leadership at the R&D/Operations interface.
  • Develop relationships, interact with, and influence the stakeholders and communicate with senior leadership on issues, risks, and opportunities.
  • Own the creation of a high performing team with a strong individual initiative, deep scientific curiosity, and natural environment of working together collaboratively. Coach and develop a strong pool of scientific talent.



  • PhD or equivalent experience in a related scientific discipline with 10+ years of experience in process development roles, including at least 6+ years of managerial experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong background and expertise in drug development, marketed product support, technical issue resolution, related technical, manufacturing, regulatory and compliance fields.

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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