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Director I, R&D Digital & Data Strategy

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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AbbVie’s Discovery research organization is looking for a highly motivated research scientist to serve as Director of Discovery Digital and Data Strategy. The Director will help define Convergence data integration strategies and advance Discovery priorities while maintaining alignment with the overarching R&D Convergence data integration framework and priorities. The successful candidate will act as a key member of the R&D Convergence (Data Integration) Core team responsible for defining and executing the R&D Convergence strategy and represent Discovery in cross-functional R&D discussions and decision-making forums related to Convergence data integration.

They will collaborate with scientists within Discovery and across R&D to identify and lead projects involving the aggregation and analysis of large data sets to identify key trends and insights that advance scientific understanding. The successful candidate will ensure that projects create a substantial return on investment and a meaningful impact on advancement of the AbbVie pipeline of new medicines and key Discovery or R&D priorities


•Influence applicable leadership, strategies, and investments in alignment with the R&D Convergence data integration vision.

•Translate functional area business challenges and scientific questions into hypotheses that can be tested using data analytics to drive new learning.

•Partner with R&D Computational Scientists, Data Scientists, and technology teams to advance complex and/or highly novel use-cases with cross-functional dependencies.

•Identify opportunities and solutions to unleash the full value of Convergence data integration within Discovery at an accelerated pace.

•Lead matrix teams including scientists, data scientists and MD’s at all levels of the technical and medical career ladders.

•Lead Convergence data integration projects within Discovery, allocate resources, manage the budget, and ensure appropriate area expertise.

•Act as a conduit between the R&D Convergence Core Team and subject matter experts and data scientists within Discovery to transfer innovation, knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned.

•An active member of the community of R&D Convergence Directors across other R&D functions and enable cross-pollination of ideas for broader R&D implementation.

•Act as a consultant within Discovery to help identify where Convergence data integrations and analytics approaches can help answer questions.

•Influence the talent strategy within the assigned function/therapeutic area to continually enhance the digital skills and acumen of scientists and leaders to align with the Convergence data integration strategy.


•Ph.D with approximately 8-10 years of industry experience; at least 3 years of experience enabling data analytics and insights

•Experience in multiple R&D functions and data domains (e.g., preclinical, genomic, clinical, safety, regulatory, real world data, etc.). Considered to have in depth knowledge of drug discovery and development

•Demonstrated excellence and success in leading data integration and analytic programs to major milestones or insights

•Effective interpersonal and communication skills and proven ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams and leading and navigating in a matrixed organization

•Robust understanding of the data analytics value chain from data to decision

•Proven experience with successfully enabling new digital or data science capabilities that are beyond incremental extensions of the current capabilities

•Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques, predictive modeling, statistical methodologies, and visual analytics

•Experience with “big data” technologies such as Hadoop, Cloud Computing, and related technologies

Key Stakeholders:

Convergence data integration Directors from other R&D functions; Convergence Steering Team including VPs and senior leaders from R&D function and other internal AbbVie collaborators such as legal and HEOR; Matrix team influence including scientists, MD's

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because 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, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


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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