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Executive Medical Director, Oncology, Solid Tumors

North Chicago, IL
Start date
May 29, 2024

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Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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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 Follow @abbvie onTwitter,Facebook,Instagram,YouTubeandLinkedIn.

Job Description

The Executive Medical Director is responsible for the safety strategy for solid tumors late-stage oncology portfolio, and to supervise, manage and mentor the safety physicians (Group MDs, Senior MDs and medical directors) and the MSE staff supporting the hematology in the Oncology TA. The Executive Medical Director will be the oncology safety team connector across R&D, will promote forward thinking safety strategy for the hematology oncology platform in late stage.


  • Set safety strategy for the solid tumors late-stage portfolio considering AbbVie Oncology priorities.
  • Help Develop the strategy for a personalized safety approach trough collaboration with internal partners such as precision medicine.
  • Safety representative for cross-functional teams across assets and the counterpart to the Executive Medical Director for the product/portfolio on the Clinical Team.
  • Overarching experts in solid tumorsspace including in depth understanding of SOC, disease characterization based on biomarkers and line of treatments.
  • Keeping the solid tumors knowledge up to date (up to date on NCCN, ASCO, ASH, EHA and ESMO guidelines, targeted conference attendance) including understanding of competitive intelligence and emerging internal data (clinical and beyond)
  • Managing and mentoring Group Medical director/s and Product Safety Team Leads and other safety colleagues within Oncology/hematology area.
  • Interacts with and influences other cross functional departments (e.g. Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs), as needed, to ensure the successful development, design, and implementation of comprehensive safety assessment to support both study participants in asset development programs and patients on the marketed product.
  • May be involved in external communications regarding assets/portfolio safety.
  • Provides strategic input for key safety documents for each asset within solid tumors portfolio including but not limited to:
    • Assures all issued safety documents contain high quality medical safety content and are clearly written.
    • Supervises and coordinates with the Product Safety Team Leads the communication of major safety issues for assets across all indications and development programs (as appropriate) to various cross-functional teams.
    • Communicates major safety issues for solid tumors portfolio to management groups such as the leadership team of RQS, governance bodies such as the Safety Review Board and the Complaint Management Review Board.
    • Represents MSE in assigned due diligence activities for oncology, and coaches/oversees direct reports in the conduct of such activities
    • Coaches and mentors safety staff and solicit relevant feedback from outside MSE to assist each employee in her/his development and succession planning.
  • Drives process improvement and change management in concurrence with companywide and functional plans.
  • Drives and advances medical safety capability and capacity both strategically and with innovative approaches, including exploring future technologies (AI, machine learning, digital health tools, etc)
  • Develop a personalized safety approach where based on the per-existing risks a patient may be treated with a tool vs another; Establishes platform level best practices
  • Effectively analyze and guide analysis of clinical data and epidemiological information
  • Work collaboratively and lead cross-functional teams
  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams in a collaborative environment
  • Fluency, both written and oral, in English
  • Evaluate and make independent decisions. Ability to work effectively in situations of uncertainty and complexity, ability to multi-task.

Significant Work Activities:

Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hr day) is required

Frequent to continuous computer usage (greater or equal to 50% of the workday) is required



  • MD / DO with internal medicine residency, direct experience in patient management experience.
  • Oncology Fellowship preferred but not required.
  • Clinical pharmacology fellowship or PhD is preferred in addition to MD / DO, not required
  • Direct patient management/ clinical experience beyond residency is preferred
  • 10+ years in pharmaceutical industry and in particular in Clinical Safety / Clinical Development
  • Direct Experience in NDA submissions from pharmacovigilance/Clinical development side is required
  • At least 3 years experience in managing people is required.

Experiences / Leadership traits:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues with different areas of expertise (e.g regulatory, clinical, Med Affairs, toxicology, statistics, )
  • Ability to make independent decisions Ability to influence cross functional stakeholders - internal and across industry, and regulatory authorities
  • A clear and solid understanding of PV and clinical development (across life cycle), monitoring clinical trials, post-marketing safety
  • In depth understanding of oncology and disease state (remaining up to date with disease and treatment evolving landscape)
  • Ability to promote an inclusive work environment, encourage diverse ideas, different point of views and collaboration towards the same goals.
  • Ability to influence and inspire teams and colleagues

Additional Information

Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state orlocal law:

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Companybelieves ingood faith it will pay for this role at the timeof this posting based on the job grade for this position.Individualcompensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, andwemay ultimatelypay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in thefuture.

  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick),medical/dental/visioninsurance and 401(k) to eligibleemployees.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentiveprograms.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentiveprograms

Note: No amount of payis considered to bewages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, anddeterminable.The amount and availability of any bonus,commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form ofcompensation and benefitsthat are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole andabsolutediscretion unless and until paid andmay be modified at the Companys sole and absolute discretion, consistent withapplicable law.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVies 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.


AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines 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, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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