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Associate Project Planner

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2211004 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


The Associate Project Planner is responsible for translating the strategies of Asset Strategy Teams (ASTs) into AbbVie’s Asset Management Platform (AMP) through the development and maintenance of project plans, timelines, data quality, and reporting requirements and for driving cross-functional process improvement initiatives in R&D.  This position requires using standardized project management tools and processes to assist ASTs in decision making for drug and device development across the R&D Portfolio and will require strong and consistent communications within a matrix organization.


  • Provide advanced project management support to complex drug development projects, including scenario planning, critical path method, timeline and risk management, finance support, and communication. Drives team accountability to meet project deliverables. Recognizes when corrective action and planning are necessary and conducts root cause analyses. Prioritize tasks with effective use of time. Manage activities to ensure functions have the right tools, reports, and data for accurate resource estimates.
  • Understands drug development strategy and how to communicate strategy through planning relationships and tools. Proactively collaborates across functional areas to ensure alignment on project timelines and strategies and ensures that the appropriate information is entered into AMP through direct entry at the asset level as well as coaching and assistance with functions.
  • Manages process improvement initiatives.  Converts goals to tasks and coordinates activities to meet goals.  Estimates and manages requirements to achieve defined objectives. 
  • Support business development, merger, and acquisition integration activities (e.g. project planning and resource estimation for deal evaluation and integration of new assets into existing systems and processes).
  • Lead the Project Management Team in collaboration with a director of Portfolio Program Management with the objective of fostering strong communication, collaboration, and alignment within the matrix organization.
  • Support Project Managers with project plan maintenance and information reporting. Provide data entry for change requests. Utilize QC reports to ensure proper input of project information and accuracy of data.
  • Establish and maintain network within department and external clients.  Mentor junior staff on training, presentation development, and delivery.
  • Compile and provide routine standard reports on a monthly and ad hoc basis. Proactively address conflicting, incorrect, insufficient, or inappropriate information prior to report publication.  Utilize and implement tools to identify novel solutions for metrics collection, data analysis and process improvement.


  • Qualifications:

    •Bachelor’s degree required and 4+ years professional work experience, preferably in project management, system based processes, or the pharmaceutical or biotech industry; or Master’s degree with 2+ years of work experience; or Doctorate degree in same disciplines.

    •Accreditation in a project management or process improvement discipline highly preferred (e.g. Project Management Professional, LEAN Six Sigma, etc.).

    •2+ years Project Management experience, including leadership of a cross-functional team required. Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of project management principles.  Ability to work independently and represent sound strategies is required.

    •Must have clear leadership skills that minimally include: strong written and effective interpersonal communication; capability to clearly present, influence, and logically justify proposals; sound judgment; negotiation and conflict management; effective communication across cultures and disciplines; relationship building and fostering teamwork; and training experience.

    •Job requires knowledge of the drug development process.

    •Cross-functional and global project team leadership experience preferred. Proficient in the tools and techniques of Project Management and /or Business Excellence.

    •Proficient technology skills (e.g., MS Office software, MS Project or Planisware, Qlikview, Spotfire, etc.) required.

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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