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Therapeutic Area Lead, Oncology

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2205571 Category Medical Division AbbVie


Describe the primary goals, objectives or functions or outputs of this position.

Leads the team to develop and execute the Medical Affairs strategy for AbbVie assets in AML. Deeply understanding the patient journey, applies insights to assess medical needs and communicates clinically meaningful data to inform clinical use and advance standard of care. The function will work closely with Clinical Development to ensure that current and future health care practices are incorporated in the development and regulatory plans. It is a function based in the headquarters, Lake County, IL, and it will work closely with regions and countries to provide medical input into brand and market access strategies.       


List up to 10 main responsibilities for the job. Include information about the accountability and scope.

  • Lead asset annual Med Affairs & Long Range Planning. Develop Medical Objectives that address Asset Value Propositions and Brand Strategies, and that can be translated into a broad portfolio of medical affairs tactics that addresses insights from Areas and Affiliates.
  • Lead Global Data Gap Analysis and develop robust asset Phase 3b/4 Research and Exploratory Data Analysis Plans.
  • Lead the development of a Scientific Communication platform with a cross-functional team to inform scientific publications, medical information, congress, medical education, field medical and internal training activities that effectively represents the asset’s data and value proposition and addresses key  global stakeholder audiences (payers, HCPs and patients)
  • Manage budget including headcount and travel. Manage on-time/on-budget execution of tactical plan and allocation of total Global Medical Affairs asset budgets to most critical activities.
  • Supervise staff on successful phase 3b/4 research design, initiation, execution, analysis and publication.
  • Oversees scientific/medical education of investigators, clinical monitors and project teams related to therapeutic area or disease specific information. Maintains an up-to-date analysis of competitor product information
  • Contribute actively to and be a valued and influencing medical affairs representative on asset/brand, regulatory and safety teams. Advise and steer business and lifecycle management medical strategy decisions.
  • Demonstrated influence in external scientific community be it through peer-to-peer interactions, research and educational collaborations, publications or other.
  • Model inclusive and collaborative leadership cross-functionally and manage talent across variety of cultures, languages and backgrounds.




List required and preferred qualifications (up to 10). Include education, skills and experience.

• Advanced degree (MD, PhD, DO) with relevant therapeutic specialty in an academic or hospital environment highly preferred.  Relevant therapeutic area clinical experience and/or Medical Affairs in an academic, hospital or pharma environment required.

• Academic qualification (Dr med or equal) is strongly preferred. Completion of residency and/or fellowship is preferred. Advanced academic qualification is warranted.

• Typically 8 years of clinical trial or medical affairs experience in the 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.  Ability to run a complex medical affairs team(s) independently.

• Extensive knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and experience in development strategy and the design of protocols. Expert knowledge in a relevant therapeutic specialty.  Must understand pharmacovigilance practices.

• Demonstrated sense of urgency and strong goal orientation, an ability to make decisions and a history of meeting deadlines and objectives.

• Works independently and leads team.

• 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.

Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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