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Associate Scientific Director, Global Medical Affairs - Oncology Pipeline MSLs

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2203559 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

The Associate Scientific Director, Oncology Pipeline MSLs implements strategy and direction for Global Medical Affairs to support enterprise critical clinical studies across Oncology programs. Works closely with Areas/Affiliates, Medical Excellence teams and Oncology therapeutic area leads/heads and indication teams to develop and maximize strategies for Field Medical teams to advance AbbVie’s Oncology pipeline. Serves as a key member of cross-functional pipeline strategic team and aligns medical affairs initiatives to meet AbbVie’s research, scientific and business objectives.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensure development of medical engagement tactical plans that address enterprise critical study challenges in collaboration with GMA TA teams to drive AbbVie’s Oncology pipeline.
  • Work with GMA TA teams and across oncology pipeline programs to analyze field engagement data and field insights. Identify gaps, opportunities, and mitigation strategies.
  • Establish cross-functional ways of working with pipeline partners in Clinical Development and Operations. Serve as an active member of the One R&D community.  Facilitate and implement process improvements for clinical trial collaboration and in-field ways of working.
  • Partner with GMA TA teams to prepare regular presentations to Executive Leadership on program status, challenges, and mitigations strategies.
  • Keeps abreast of the evolving oncology landscape through conferences and/or medical literature.
  • Support management of the pipeline MSL team through close collaboration with GMA TA teams, Medical Field Excellence team as well as Area and Affiliate teams.
  • Contribute to the development and optimization of the pipeline MSL model through defining a global agile team structure, areas of focus, KPIs, best practice sharing and geographical deployment of resources to maximize enterprise critical studies and clinical trial sites coverage
  • Contribute to the development of Oncology pipeline MSL strategic plan and implementation; identifies, proposes solutions and best practices, and ensures appropriate communication within respective teams.
  • Accountable for escalating issues, as appropriate. Identify process gaps and provide feedback to ensure continuous improvement; must be able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must also be able to work independently.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adapt to rapidly changing business needs, including handling other tasks & projects as assigned.
  • Can address complex problems within discipline or across several projects.  Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. 
  • Must be able to influence in a matrixed environment.
  • Advanced degree (e.g. PhD, PharmD) in a scientific or medical discipline is required
  • Typically 5 years of experience in oncology pharmaceutical industry or equivalent; substantial understanding of relevant therapeutic area required.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience in the design of protocols preferred.
  • Global Medical Affairs experience preferred, with experience in developing external expert engagement strategies with R&D.
  • Demonstrated understanding of legal and regulatory environment of pharmaceutical industry, specifically related to Field Medical roles.
  • Ability to think strategically to develop quality initiatives in support of business needs
  • Demonstrated ability to lead without direct authority, ability to excel in a matrixed environment and independently drive to deliver on business objectives.
  • Consistently communicates to an executive level in an accurate, concise, and inclusive manner.
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support a global scientific and business strategy
  • Works with some supervision and guidance. Exercises judgment within well-defined practices and policies.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.

Leadership attributes:

  • Ability to perform and bring out the best in others on a cross-functional global team
  • Must exhibit strategic thought and leadership with the ability to think and lead at the big picture level.
  • Ability to translate strategic objectives into specific initiatives and manage successful execution
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance
  • Ability to work on complex problems in which analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various complex factors.
  • Proven track record of working in a matrix environment, strong teamwork skills, timely decision making and results oriented.
  • Creative, innovative thinker with strong strategic mindset.
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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