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Associate Scientific Director, Global Medical Affairs - Scientific Communications

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2203289 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

The Associate Scientific Director, Global Medical Affairs leads strategic and tactical projects across Oncology assets and indications leading to the optimization of scientific communications and external stakeholder relations of the Oncology Global Medical Affairs – GMA team, in alignment with GMA and Oncology TA priorities and plans. This role serves as an asset-agnostic Oncology Therapeutic Area -TA member capable of leading cross-portfolio HCP engagement and external stakeholder group strategies, initiatives, and tactics. Provides specialist medical/scientific strategic and operational input into core medical affairs activities such as: health-care professional/provider interactions (Payers, Patients, Prescribers, Providers); generation of clinical and scientific data (enhancing therapeutic benefit and value); internal and external educational initiatives (medical education, evidence generation, internal communication/training, and value proposition); safeguarding patient safety (risk minimization activities / safety surveillance activities)

In addition, the Associate Scientific Director:

  • Ensures internal strategic and tactical, alignment and coordination across Medical and cross-functional teams; Works closely with other Medical Oncology teams (TA team, Area team and Medical Program Management – MPM team), as well as Commercial, Development, Access, HEOR and other teams to provide strategic medical input into core brand and cross-Oncology strategies, and to support medical/marketing activities (promotional material generation/product launches) and market access; Champion and collaborate in the development of cross-functional workstreams; cross-TA strategies as per AbbVie’s Corporate strategic imperatives; Facilitates the engagement of all critical cross-functional stakeholders (e.g., OEC/Legal) to enable consistent, high value ways of working and clear communication on roles and responsibilities.
  • Deliver strategic and scientific presentations; develops and maintains professional and credible relationships with external experts and stakeholder groups; actively participate in relevant Brand Team meetings and helps in the development of medical affairs strategies for oncology assets; provide relevant scientific and technical training.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Lead and/or support medical strategic and tactical planning, coordination and implementation of Oncology cross-TA scientific communication projects including Congresses (e.g., EHA), stand-alone Medical Education initiatives (e.g., ECHO Summits and Preceptorships), Future Fit initiatives (e.g., Omni-channel, Compelling Content, Reconnecting Patients to Care, and Digital Transformation), dissemination of data, independent medical education and other projects as needed.
  • Lead development and implementation of the pan-Oncology external stakeholder strategic/tactical plans, including HCP engagement and external stakeholder group partnership initiatives; work closely with other medical teams (GMA TA, Area/Affiliate, MPM and Medical Excellence) and Cross-functional teams to ensure alignment and coordination of priorities, strategies, initiatives, tactics, processes and tools.
  • Support development and implementation of the pan-Oncology Scientific Communication strategic/tactical plans; Provides medical/ scientific expertise, and partners with MPM team who provides project management expertise for delivering strategies, initiatives, and tactics
  • Develop innovative processes and tools that support optimization of HCP engagement and external stakeholder group partnerships; Consistently demonstrate adherence to compliance requirements and look for ways to improve effectiveness and efficiencies
  • May act as a single point of contact for logistical needs for prioritized external experts who engage in group and individual activities with Abbvie GMA Oncology Team; support through face-to-face, virtual, and other interactions as feasible/practicable; lead coordination with other Abbvie teams to ensure effective, efficient and compliant centralized management of logistical activities; develop and maintain trackers, KPI’s, data analytics and reporting
  • Support development of Oncology Innovations strategic plan and implementation; identifies, proposes solutions and best practices, and ensures appropriate communication within respective teams.
  • Collaborate with Business Services Group (BSG) Engagement Specialist and OEC on requests for logistical compliance approvals and deviations prior to any engagement with the EE. Participate in relevant meetings with activity owners, meeting planners, and suppliers.
  • 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 but 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. and to handle other tasks as assigned.
  • Travel required to manage prioritized EE and stakeholder group engagements and support of key congresses
  • Ensures innovative approach to all external stakeholder engagement planning and implementation to optimize prioritized outcomes and efficiency of budget, teams and other internal resources;
  • Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a therapeutic area resource
  • May represent AbbVie at external meetings including investigator meetings, scientific association meetings
  • May support development of scientifically accurate medical and commercial materials, medical education programs, advisory boards, symposia and GMI for purposes of developing relevant and scientifically accurate content
  • Assists with the scientific review, development, approval, execution, and communication of affiliate/area/global medical affairs in field engagement activities
  • Maintains relationship with similar functions across other non-Oncology TAs (e.g., Immunology, Neuroscience) to leverage on their experience and secure free exchange of information and best practices, across GMA.
  • Supports cross-Oncology medical communication alignment and coordination, and cross-functional medical representations as needed.
  • Ensures budgets, timelines, compliance requirements are factored into programs' scientific activities.  Works independently. 
  • 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.  Works on complex problems in which analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various complex factors.
Qualifications:

For an Associate Scientific Director title, qualifications include: 

  • Advanced Degree PhD, PharmD, PA, NP highly preferred. Residency or additional post doctorate experience highly preferred.
  • Typically 8 years’ experience in the 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.
  • May have performed protocol design in the academic environment and/or acted as an assistant PI.
  • Interactions normally require the ability to gain cooperation of others, conduct presentations of technical information concerning specific projects and schedules, etc.
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • May interact with and coordinates appropriate scientific and medical activities with internal stakeholders (i.e. commercial, clinical operations, discovery, statistics, regulatory, etc.) as they relate to on-going medical affairs projects.
  • May assist as consultant and liaison with other corporations when working under licensing agreements and/or in the evaluation of new business development opportunities.
  • Represents AbbVie at external meetings including investigator meetings, scientific association meetings, etc.
  • Works with some supervision and guidance. Exercises judgment within well-defined practices and policies.

For an Assistant Medical Director title, qualifications include: 

  • Medical Doctorate (M.D.) degree or equivalent (D.O. or non-US equivalent of M.D. meet requirements) with relevant therapeutic specialty in an academic or hospital environment. Completion of residency and/or fellowship is preferred.
  • National license to practice medicine with relevant therapeutic specialty in an academic or hospital environment. Academic qualification (Dr med or equal) is strongly preferred. Completion of residency and/or fellowship is preferred.
  • Minimal clinical trial or medical affairs experience in the pharmaceutical industry or academia or equivalent.
  • 1-2 years of experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience in the design of protocols preferred.
  • May possibly have performed protocol design in the academic environment or in the pharmaceutical industry and/or acted as an assistant PI or PI.
  • Interactions normally require the ability to gain cooperation of others, conduct presentations of technical information concerning specific projects/schedules, etc.
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy. Must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ex-Us: At least one further major international language is preferred.
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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