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Associate Director, Global Biologics and Virology
AbbVie Global Biologics and Virology Research

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THE ORGANIZATION

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world.  For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.AbbVie.com. Follow @AbbVie on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

AbbVie Global Biologics and Virology Research is an integrated, global discovery organization responsible for anti-viral drug research across indications including HIV AIDS, Hepatitis C, and emerging viral syndromes such as SARS-CoV-2.  Our scope includes the discovery of innovative small molecule and biologic medicines from the early exploratory stage and their support through clinical development.  We are growing a world-class team of scientists and leaders who will drive the discovery and advancement of innovative anti-viral and biologic-based therapies.  Careers in AbbVie Global Biologics and Virology provide unique opportunities to work with cross-functional teams that drive exceptional science and deliver innovative medicines to patients.  We are looking for diverse candidates with strong scientific and leadership experience to join the team and can offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities for these candidates.

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THE POSITION

Associate Director, Global Biologics and Virology

Reporting to the Director, Operations Global Biologics and Virology Martin Hayes and under the guidance of Jochen Salfeld, the new Associate Director will assist the Director in all areas to ensure the development and growth of the organization. The position is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Global Biologics and Virology Operations team is searching for a candidate with broad experience in drug discovery to provide strategic project and operational support across a diverse portfolio of Biologic projects. This person will play a key role to ensure effective and consistent alignment of priorities with project teams and the larger Global Biologics organization, develop project plans to meet critical timelines, and ensure the successful execution of project priorities. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with groups across AbbVie’s research sites to promote best practices and drive optimal utilization of Discovery resources.
Support the development and execution of project plans, including timing and deliverables, to advance Biologics programs across all therapeutic areas and ensure adherence to timelines.
Develop and maintain timelines to track milestones and other program activities
Operate with a strategic, cross-functional focus to ensure accountability within Global Biologics for workflow deliverables.
Identify and anticipate issues that threaten to delay timelines and bring these issues to the attention of key stakeholders.
Provide support in resolving issues, contingency planning, and risk mitigation.
Support Biologics projects by leading new strategic initiatives, supporting project/portfolio reviews, and organizing diligence assessments of new technologies.
Support cross-Therapeutic Area prioritization of program activities through effective communication of capacity, capabilities, and program readiness.
In close collaboration with the Strategic Portfolio Management group, contribute to program tracking and benchmarking efforts.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the development and execution of project plans, including timing and deliverables, to advance Biologics programs across all therapeutic areas and ensure adherence to timelines.
  • Develop and maintain timelines to track milestones and other program activities
  • Operate with a strategic, cross-functional focus to ensure accountability within Global Biologics for workflow deliverables.
  • Identify and anticipate issues that threaten to delay timelines and bring these issues to the attention of key stakeholders.
  • Provide support in resolving issues, contingency planning, and risk mitigation.
  • Support Biologics projects by leading new strategic initiatives, supporting project/portfolio reviews, and organizing diligence assessments of new technologies.
  • Support cross-Therapeutic Area prioritization of program activities through effective communication of capacity, capabilities, and program readiness.
  • In close collaboration with the Strategic Portfolio Management group, contribute to program tracking and benchmarking efforts.
EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD or equivalent & 10+ years, MS or equivalent & 12+ years, or BS & 14+ years postdoc/industry experience, including 7+ years of leadership responsibility, is required. Advanced degree in related scientific field preferred. MBA or Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.
  • 6+ years of work experience in the area supported (e.g. Discovery, Development) and 6+ years in pharmaceutical, healthcare or regulated industry required.
  • Strong management skills with proven effective leadership abilities. Demonstrated ability to lead multidivisional and multi-functional teams with global aspects.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written in managing functional budgets and developing budget forecasts
  • Strong business acumen and effective negotiation skills
  • Experience working in a complex and matrix environment
  • Demonstrated ability to craft compelling business cases that prompt appropriate action.
  • Proven track record of developing and executing change management strategies or successful project planning and management of highly complex business and technology initiatives is preferred.

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COMPENSATION

For the selected candidate, a complete and competitive compensation package will be offered which includes salary, incentive compensation, major insurances, PTO, retirement, and relocation assistance.

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