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Director, External Scientific Collaborations (U.S. Medical Affairs)

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2204644 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

The Director, External Scientific Collaborations drives key innovative and strategic projects and priorities for USMA oncology. Provides specialist medical/scientific strategic and operational input into core medical affairs activities such as: health-care professional/provider interactions; generation of clinical and scientific data.

In addition, this role works closely with USMA Oncology therapeutic area leads/heads and indication teams as well as commercial teams to provide strategic medical insight and strategies, and to support medical activities. This individual is responsible for delivering strategic and scientific presentations; developing and maintaining professional and credible relationships with key opinion leaders, external academic institutions and research groups/centers; and actively participating 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:

  • Drives key US medical affairs strategic and/or innovative projects that span across multiple therapy areas or indication teams within the broader oncology team.
  • Establish and sustain critical US Oncology academic institution and collaborative research group relationships to better understand the strategic priorities of these organizations and to define opportunities for alignment and partnerships focusing on improving patient outcomes / disease management, appropriate access to medications and heath care quality improvement.
  • In partnership with internal colleagues, develop a strategic engagement plan for academic and collaborative research institutions reflecting both a partner focus and an AbbVie portfolio approach that effectively positions AbbVie as a trusted inclusive and innovative industry collaborator.  
  • Responsible for mapping external academic institution and research collaborative groups in oncology. Creating/updating/executing (in alignment and close collaboration with the TA Heads and indication leads) the engagement plans for partnerships and collaboration.
  • Working closely with MSL directors to maximize impact on execution of enterprise priority studies and clinical trial sites coverage through site selection and engagement.
  • Build strong relationships with academic institution and research collaborative groups in oncology and provide insights on major strategic decisions.
  • Interact with and coordinates appropriate scientific and medical activities with internal stakeholders (i.e. OED, Precision Medicine, clinical operations, discovery, statistics, late stage development, etc…) as they relate to on-going AbbVie’s scientific collaboration projects. Specifically, this role will build alignment with internal functional areas specific to the oncology (eg, legal, compliance, public affairs, government affairs, medical, health/economic outcomes, development, pharmacovigilence/safety).
  • Keeps abreast of professional information and technology through conferences and/or medical literature and acts as a therapeutic area resource.
  • Represent AbbVie at external meetings including investigator meetings, scientific association meetings, etc
  • May develop scientifically accurate materials, medical education programs and advisory.
  • Leads cross functional teams in development and execution of strategic initiatives requiring integration of multiple subprojects within the therapeutic area or Medical Affairs function.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to influence in a matrixed environment.
  • May oversee the work of medical and/or scientific directors.
Qualifications:
  • 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.
  • Understanding of the US healthcare system and academic institutional settings with demonstrated ability to navigate and lead through an ambiguous and changing healthcare and business environments 
  • Proficient at building credibility with investigators & collaborative research partners
  • Ability to balances business and scientific acumen during engagements
  • Strong, proven relationship management skills with senior leaders (e.g. C-suite leaders, industry-affairs office personnel, thought leaders, scientists, research staff, etc.) 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biotech/ pharmaceutical industry or academia or equivalent.  Proven leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment.  Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategy.  Extensive knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials, medical education standards and experience in strategy development. Expert knowledge in oncology.  Must understand Pharmacovigilance practices.  Ability to interact externally and internally to support global business strategies. 
  • Must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.
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, 50 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time
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