PV Specialist


Seoul, Seoul

  1. Research & Development
  2. Pharmacovigilance
  1. Full-time

Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas – immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and eye care – and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn

Job Description

Lead the coordination and execution of all aspects of pharmacovigilance at the affiliate to ensure that AbbVie’s statutory and ethical responsibilities are met. 
Act as the Affiliate’s main contact point for pharmacovigilance matters with the National Regulatory Agency and AbbVie PSEQ (Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety, Epidemiology, and R&D Quality Assurance; formerly PPS) function. 
Leadership and management 
•    Build and maintain effective business relationships across the affiliate to support the implementation of patient safety standards. 
•    Maintain an environment of continuous improvement to optimize the affiliate PV system and contribute to regional and global process improvement initiatives, working with PSEQ subject matter experts. 

Oversight of the Pharmacovigilance System:  
•    Maintain oversight of affiliate PV compliance status and actively monitor PV workload and resources. 
•    Escalate compliance issues and potential PV resource issues in a timely manner to the Affiliate Medical Director and International PV Operational Excellence (IPEx) to ensure appropriate mitigation. 
•    Maintain awareness and monitor local post-marketing and clinical PV legislation, to ensure PV legislation changes are communicated to relevant stakeholders for review, impact assessment, implementation and mitigation according to global procedures.

Quality Management System: 
•    Ensure the Affiliate PV System procedure(s) aligns with corporate PV procedures and complies with local and regional PV regulations.  
•    Manage any non-conformity and/or planned departures from corporate and/or local PV procedures according to the global issue and exception management process and ensure any corrective/preventive actions are completed according to the schedule.  
•    Oversee the PV training plan and ensure training compliance of local PV personnel and other affiliate personnel with Corporate and Local PV training requirements. 
•    Oversee training compliance of partner company staff according to local contract requirements. 
Adverse Event & Periodic Safety Reporting: 
•    Ensure that processes, procedures and systems are in place for intake, processing, conducting follow up, translating and reconciling adverse events and other safety information reportable to PSEQ from spontaneous and solicited sources and from clinical studies. 
•    Ensure reporting of both clinical and post-marketing Individual Case Safety Reports (ICSRs) and Periodic and Aggregate Reports to the Regulatory Agency, Ethics Committees and Investigators, to comply with corporate PV procedures and with local and regional PV regulations as required. 

Partnership with business partner with possibility for identification and/or handling of safety information: 
•    Partner with Program Owners and commercial leaders to ensure that all business partnerships involving activities where there is a reasonable possibility for the identification and/or handling of safety information are assessed for the generation of safety information and the applicable PV requirements are applied in accordance with AbbVie procedures and local requirements. 

Safety Data Exchange Agreements (SDEA) and other PV Agreements: 
•    Ensure the content of local SDEAs and other PV agreements conforms to AbbVie procedures and local requirements and maintains the inventory in the PSEQ PV Agreements Database. 
•    Maintain and monitor compliance with local agreements. 

Audits and Inspections: 
•    Act as the key Affiliate contact for both internal PV audits and Regulatory Agency PV inspections. 
•    Ensure that any audit/inspection responses/corrective actions are completed according to the schedule. 
•    Support local QA and R&D PV QA to conduct vendor audits and complete vendor corrective action plans. 
Risk Management: 
•    As a member of the Affiliate Risk Management Team (ARMT), review Risk Management Plans (RMPs) and implement risk minimization measures at the affiliate according to AbbVie procedures and local requirements.  
•    Understand the RMPs and information on the benefit/risk profile of products applicable for the Affiliate. 
•    Ensure the appropriate development and revision of Local RMPs and/or Country Specific Annexes, if applicable, liaising with ARMT & Benefit Risk Management (BRM) Team during development and revision of local documents. 
•    Partner with ARMT & Benefit Risk Management (BRM) Team during development or revision of the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) & local additional risk minimization measures. 

Safety Monitoring: 
•    Maintain overview of medicinal product safety profiles and any emerging safety concerns for company products marketed within the relevant jurisdiction, and awareness of conditions or obligations adopted as part of the marketing authorizations, commitments relating to safety or the safe use of the products and of post-authorization safety studies requested by a regulatory agency. 
•    Understand and monitor incoming local safety data and communicate changes or potential concerns to the PSEQ Product Safety Team Lead and the EU QPPV (for products marketed in the EEA) for evaluation. 
•    Ensure a full and prompt response to regulatory agency requests for provision of additional information necessary for the benefit-risk evaluation of a medicinal product.

After Hours Availability & Business Continuity: 
•    Ensure that an after-hours process is in place for the reporting of AEs.  
•    Ensure that a Disaster Recovery Plan/Business Continuity Plan is established in a risk-based manner to allow for continuation of critical business processes for PV.  

Critical Success Factors:

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with affiliate colleagues (e.g. Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Commercial) and PSEQ and tailors communication to different stakeholders to enhance understanding of PV requirements and elevate the PV internal brand
  • Learns fast, grasps the “essence”, ability to manage complexity and changes to change course quickly where indicated to add value to the PV system
  • Acts consistently with AbbVie’ s ethics, obligations and local laws – putting patient safety, partnerships and overall AbbVie’s interests before individual, immediate team and functional interests
  • Focused on compliance; identifies, manages and escalates issues in a timely manner
  • Strengthens the use of product safety knowledge and channels scientific safety evidence and benefit-risk information to area and affiliate stakeholders to positively impact business strategies.

•    Affiliate medical, regulatory affairs, clinical, quality assurance and customer service personnel. 
•    Affiliate Marketing, Sales and Operations personnel to ensure that all employees are trained and understand their responsibilities for reporting of any safety information. 
•    National Regulatory Agency responsible for product safety. 
•    Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety, including but not limited to IPEx, Area PV Product Lead, Benefit-Risk Management and QPPV Office. 
•    Healthcare Practitioners, consumers and patients. 
•    This position reports into the Affiliate PV Manager. 

LOCATION: Affiliate head office based. 


•    Medical, pharmacy or life-sciences degree (or equivalent).  
•    At least three years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry in a pharmacovigilance role is required.
•    Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills. 
•    Fluency in written and oral English is essential to facilitate communications with Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety, Area/Regional Medical and other headquarters functions. 
•    Fluency in written and oral local language a requirement to facilitate communications within the affiliate medical department, and with the National Regulatory Agency. 
•    High customer orientation 
•    Strong commitment to compliance with the relevant rules and procedures, and to scientific quality and integrity 
•    Sound judgment, strong planning and organizational skills, and the ability to get things done. Demonstrated strong sense of urgency. 

Additional Information

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.