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Director, Formulation Sciences

North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2207411 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


The role provides opportunity to define and lead overall strategy for product development and rational formulation/process design in a matrixed environment. Address scientific challenges in alignment with business goals. Identifies and rapidly executes critical cross-functional experiments and activities to enable advancement of the project with strategies for further advancement within a multi-disciplinary team in a matrixed environment and having decision-making authority on project strategies. Represents project team to senior leaders, clearly communicating project risks, understandings, status, opportunities, and resource requirements. Drives and communicates strategy, identifies and justifies resources, solves project issues and implement novel scientific/technological solutions. Adheres to defined timelines and manages team. Engages internal/external experts in field.



Primary responsibility is to advance Formulation Sciences Project through effective leadership in a matrixed, multi-disciplinary team coordinating with various CMC functions: project management, analytical group, drug supply management, pilot plant, clinical development group, preclinical safety, DMPK-BA etc.

Accomplishes long and short-term project goals by identifying, justifying, and directing resources needed to deliver the project by working closely with functional leaders.

Is recognized internally as demonstrating sufficient knowledge of all relevant disciplines to facilitate timely development of dosage form for stage appropriate clinical studies. Has knowledge of CMC development process to support regulatory filings: INDs, NDAs etc. and address Agency questions balancing business objectives

Independently identifies and/or engages internal expertise to troubleshoot key issues using appropriate processes; identifies and utilizes appropriate external experts and resources to advise and advance the project.

Stays current with relevant scientific advances and competitive landscape for dosage form development and identifies, evaluates, and champions external opportunities that may provide competitive advantage to programs (e.g., academic relationships, new technologies, new models etc.).

Mentors matrixed staff directly and through supervisors as appropriate in behaviors, approaches, best practices, and leadership ensuring that support and needs are aligned with deliverables. Holds self accountable for performance; recognizes and rewards individual and team excellence.

Ensures scientific excellence across programs in a safe environment that remains in compliance with EHS rules. Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

Drive an enterprise vision with a positive “can do” attitude, hands-on, with strong analytical and organizational skills and a strategic mindset. Responsible to Development Sciences leadership and for delivery of goals and objectives.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science related field with 18 years of related work; Master’s Degree Science or PharmD with 16 years of related work; PhD in Science or related field with 10 years of related work experience.
  • Demonstrated success operating in a matrix team environment or participating in a multidisciplinary program
  • Recognized as demonstrating sufficient knowledge of all relevant disciplines to facilitate timely execution of program/project components
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to manage and influence internal and external stakeholders and resources
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, 10 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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