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Associate Director, GCD External Engagements & Capabilities

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2207374 Category Sales Division AbbVie

The primary function of this position is to provide strategy, oversight, and project execution across Global Commercial Development (GCD) with a focus on external engagements and capabilities.  This position is responsible for; leading the successful planning and execution of external engagements through effective collaboration with internal and external stakeholders; end-to-end management of material review process; facilitating external engagement training; developing and implementing Brand Strategy Team (BST) standards, managing the planning & execution of GCD events; leading the planning and execution of core GCD communication tools; and leading process improvement and culture initiatives based on priority areas of focus.  Requires frequent interaction with GCD leadership team, Global Commercial Leaders (GCLs), and cross-functional leadership and teams (Global & US).   

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the GCD wide planning and execution of external engagements (i.e. Ad Boards/Group Consulting, Individual Consulting, etc.), effectively employing and coordinating all available resources and involved parties across vendors and multiple internal stakeholder groups. 
  • Lead the overall coordination and project management for internal stakeholders and external parties/vendors utilized to support logistics and content development for GCD external engagements.  Proactively communicate across team members to support successful execution and keep stakeholders well-informed.
  • Partner strategically with internal AbbVie support teams including BSG and/or CCG.  Initiate request for support from internal AbbVie support teams and monitor performance against plan. 
  • Lead end-to-end management of material review process for AbbVie pipeline, serving as subject matter expert in material review routing tool (Veeva).
  • Facilitate GCD wide External Engagement training, provide ongoing guidance to GCLs, and identify and implement process improvements for increased efficiency.
  • Develop and implement Brand Strategy Team (BST) standards that deliver consistency in ways of working and onboarding resulting in clear expectations of GCLs by leadership and cross-functional partners and continuous improvement.
  • Lead planning and execution of GCD events including town halls, yearly offsite, seasonal events, onboarding/training & collaboration, GCD AbbVie-wide events, and culture events.
  • Lead the planning, and execution of GCD communication infrastructure including GCD Portal, GCD education materials (vision/mission), leadership updates/messages, success stories, and other resources to drive consistent and transparent communications across GCD, cross-functional partners, and Areas/Affiliates. 
  • Lead specific GCD process improvement, agility/innovation projects and culture initiatives, partnering with GCD Sr. Leadership to design and execute solutions/programs that address prioritized areas of focus ensuring project objectives are identified, resourced and accomplished.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences or business-related field required.  Advanced degree or extensive experience in operations, project management, and/or commercial/customer excellence is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of work experience in drug development/commercial/medical affairs
  • Supervisory/leadership experience managing multiple projects and or multiple people. Experience in leading in a multi-task environment as well as in a virtual and matrix organization
  • 6 years of capability building / operations experience as a leader in Commercial organization preferred
  • Excellent leadership, self-management and organizational skills; able to manage workload, set personal and team priorities and adjust as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to set and execute on strategies with global, cross-functional, and departmental impact
  • Must have proven experience in situations of conflict resolution, problem solving and crisis management
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship building skills
  • Ability to influence without authority to get cooperation from those who own the resources, information or support needed for success
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: No
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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