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Senior Clinical QA Manager-Americas
This is a hybrid position out of our North Chicago, IL or Irvine, CA locations but remote work may be approved for the right candidate.
As an independent RDQA Organization, our commitment is to drive quality excellence as a strategic
advantage across all stages of discovery and development for the lifecycle of the product to achieve
product realization and to accelerate access to innovative therapies for our patients. AbbVie’s R&D
global trial footprint has been expanding due to growth in the pipeline and the complexity of global
development resulting in an overall increase in global trials in the Affiliates. In addition, the
acquisition of Allergan and integration with AbbVie have significantly increased clinical trials managed
from the Affiliates. RDQA AREA focuses on proactive quality and quality output in support of clinical
development/R&D enterprise within designated countries around the world.
AREA supports countries in Europe, Americas and Intercontinental as defined by AbbVie. The
expected results in the Affiliates are as follows; quality excellence, realization of R&D goals and
objectives for submission of new therapies including but not limited to adherence to One AbbVie
Quality System, execution of RDQA Quality System Excellence (CAPA, Change Management, Quality
Risk Management, Documentation Standards) and the assurance of integrity data. Scope includes
R&D and clinical research activities conducted by Affiliates or AbbVie within the region, to achieve
first pass approvals thereby advancing the pipeline.
This position will report to RDQA Associate Director or RDQA Global Director, AREA
· Maintain a close, collaborative relationship with RDQA functions impacting clinical research
within designated Affiliates in the assigned countries and region.
· Establish collaborative-working relationship with clinical development leaders and staff within
designated Affiliates to advance the AbbVie Quality System, drive quality excellence, and
achieve first pass approval for market authorization by health authorities.
· Oversee quality and compliance in a regulated environment including AbbVie policies and
procedures and country and regional standards and regulations.
· Lead and/or collaborate on development of risk identification and risk mitigation or control
strategies for clinical research activities including clinical trials within designated countries with
periodic reviews of quality and compliance data for the purposes of continuous improvement.
· Establish quality measures with the desire to achieve RDQA quality goals. Drive quality strategy
in designated countries and region in conjunction with other RDQA AREA personnel.
· Manage governance/oversight that is “fit for purpose” and in relation to the One AbbVie
Quality System. Identify trends, root causes, and potential risks to mitigate and/or prevent
issues that impact clinical research. Drive vision of continuous state of regulatory
· Ensure consistent understanding of the quality requirements for clinical research activities
within Affiliates, works closely with Affiliates R&D Management on health of Quality System,
identifies issues of quality and compliance that will impact overall goals and desired outcomes.
· Maintain awareness of all applicable regulations and develop appropriate standards to measure
quality in assigned countries and region relating to clinical research.
· Support necessary supplier visits, audits and vendor qualifications
· Develop inspection strategy in collaboration with AREA Associate Director and relevant
functions and provide inspection-readiness support for all local / regional Health Authority
· Provide oversight, support and follow-up (inspection report response) for local Health Authority
inspections with employees and management in assigned countries and region. Participate in
Health Authority inspections as needed.
· Determine need for country/process assessments/audits in collaboration with Clinical Audit and
· Conduct audits as required to assess compliance with regulations, guidelines, policies and
procedures and Sponsor requirements. Effectively communicate audit results, both orally and
in writing. Review and approve corrective action plans/audit responses.
· Support the development of robust audit and inspection responses through coaching and
· Mentor AREA Managers/AREA Associates or line management as additional Lead responsibility.
·Bachelor's degree required preferably in Biology, Nursing, Pharmacy, or other medical science
medical device industry experience in quality assurance, compliance, regulatory affairs,
clinical research and/or other related development functions that includes 3 years in
leadership positions (people and/or initiatives/projects).
·Strong understanding of local and global regulatory and legal requirements and of the
approach and perspectives of regulatory agencies. Ability to ensure strategic risk focus with
evolving global regulations and expectations. Agile and able to respond rapidly to unplanned
events and changing regulatory requirements and expectations.
·Thorough knowledge of quality systems, auditing standards and quality management.
·Motivates and can influence others, including those over whom they have no direct authority.
·Strong analytical skills with an ability to organize work in a logical, thorough & succinct
·Ability to work at an experienced level, demonstrating effective leadership in interactions
with business partners at all levels.
·Excellent written & oral communication skills including presentation and influencing skills.
·Strong negotiation, influencing and collaborating abilities with excellent networking skills.
·Ability to foster cross functional collaboration teams.
·Strong team player or team lead and builds relationships with peers and cross-functionally at
both global and local levels to drive performance.
·Fluent in additional languages desirable but not required.
·Ability to travel as needed in AREA (up to 35%).
AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Minimum Salary $109,500
Maximum Salary $208,000
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