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Director, Clinical Pharmacology

South San Francisco, CA
Start date
Jun 7, 2024

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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


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

Communicates/presents key Clinical Pharmacology information/strategy to senior and executive management, regulatory agencies, and external peers. Supports strategic planning for drug development activities and projects to achieve departmental strategies, goals, and objectives. Utilizes scientific expertise to provide appropriate interpretation of data and relates implications of results to management. Serves as liaison to other departments/divisions for any study/project needs. Understands linkages across businesses and understands the impact of business decisions and solutions. May lead teams within Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics and accountable for effective performance of the teams.


  • Leads Clinical Pharmacology/PK/PD activities and multiple major projects. Assists R&D senior management in the selection of action plans that best meets drug development business objectives.
  • Identifies issues and help with issue resolution. Conducts risk assessments and assists in development of contingency plans. Assures project remains in alignment with strategic objectives.
  • Provides overall timelines to assess portfolio opportunities. Negotiates with other functional areas on project outcomes and deliverables to meet conflicting demands (time, cost, quality/performance).
  • Provides scientific and strategic consultation to R&D, Regulatory, and all levels of management on critical decisions and development plans.
  • Responsible for evaluating technical, scientific aspects of all AbbVie projects along with CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY management. Reviews clinical protocols and scientific reports for regulatory filings and anticipates regulatory questions. Leads CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY regulatory documents writing, submission and response to Regulatory agency comments.
  • Independently conducts due diligence assessments, summarizes results and represents CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY on business development teams.
  • Identifies and develops process improvement initiatives and reviews recommendations with management for approval and sponsorship.
  • Contribute to development of departmental goals. Influences strategic PK/PD decisions for the department.
  • Performs functions and responsibilities with the highest regard for quality and timeliness. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of PK/PD data analysis, modeling and simulation methods and software.
  • May manage personnel including development, mentoring, and effective delegation.



  • PhD with typically 7+ years of experience or Pharm D with typically 9+ years of experience in a relevant field, MS or equivalent education with typically 15+ years of experience; BS or equivalent education and typically 17+ years of experience; (*relevant field includes experience with PK, PBPK, PK-PD, Pharmacometrics or systems pharmacology, Drug metabolism/Transporters)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and experience in multiple therapeutic and/or functional areas
  • Experience across range of development phases
  • Knowledge of AbbVie and Pharma drug development processes
  • Must have demonstrated leadership competencies in PK/PD, Biopharmaceutics, and Pharmacometric activities from planning, implementation through completion across multiple projects
  • Scientific project leadership or related experience
  • Project management skills such as scope management, progress tracking/driving as well as time management
  • Participates in initiatives and advancement of CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
  • Key Leadership Competencies:
    Knows the business and the cross-functional contributions needed to deliver results
    Persistent and resilient finds the way to move good ideas forward
    Acts respectfully yet courageously
    Connects unrelated concepts, generates original or unique ideas
    Influences colleagues to achieve cross-functional alignment
    Communicates openly and honestly with all colleagues
    Manages conflict and difficult conversations in a constructive transparent way

Additional Information

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

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believesingood faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position.Individualcompensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we mayultimatelypay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

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

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

  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentive programs.

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 of compensationand benefitsthat are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless anduntil paid andmay be modified at the Companys sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable 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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1 North Waukegan Road
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