AbbVie Senior Scientist III, Process Engineering Sciences in Lake County, Illinois

Senior Scientist III, Process Engineering Sciences

USA, Illinois, Lake County

Research & Development

Requisition #1804728

The Development Sciences Drug Product Development (DevSci DPD) organization within AbbVie develops and characterizes drug product formulations, combination products and manufacturing processes to provide clinical dosage forms and devices to enable the development of AbbVie’s pipeline, and ultimately to provide commercial drug products, combination products and commercial manufacturing processes.

The Senior Scientist III, Process Engineering Sciences role within DPD is responsible for the design, development, optimization and transfer of manufacturing processes for oral drug products in the AbbVie pipeline.

AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated and experienced scientist with a proven track record of process development to serve as a Senior Scientist III in Process Engineering Sciences reporting to the Associate Director of Process Engineering Science in Lake County, IL.

This position will be an integral part of the product development teams and will have strong collaboration with the GPSc Formulation and Analytical functions, the Drug Product Pilot Plants, and the Operations Commercial Manufacturing functions. The Senior Scientist III will lead process development programs in Lake County, IL and may have direct reports.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the drug product process development of productswithin the AbbVie pipeline.

  • Advance scientific expertise within function.Proactively demonstrate leadership by advising and sharing knowledge andexpert opinions with subordinates, peers, and senior management. Mentorand train functional colleagues and assesses current and emerging businesschallenges enabling functional goal achievement.

  • Supervise one or more direct reportsand engage proactively in their development. Evaluate staffperformance and actively support staff development.

  • Ensure group provides engineering impact to alldevelopment projects and deliverables are completed within establishedtimelines, budgets, resources, and in accordance with regulatory, quality,and safety requirements

  • Ensure development of technologies that driveengineering excellence and scientific innovation that improve the futurecapabilities and productivity of the greater organization

  • Collaborate with other functions within AbbVie to aligna broad range of strategies that directly support drug discovery anddevelopment programs; these include but are not limited to other areas inDevelopment Sciences, Drug Product Development, Regulatory Affairs andCommercial Manufacturing Operations

  • Source and identify emerging scientific trends frommultiple internal and external sources and assess relevance. Integratetrends into functional short-term objectives. Advance cross-disciplinetechnology and direction through generation of data.

  • Accountable for scale-up activities, design spacedefinition and technology transfer to commercial plant

  • Ensure compliance with AbbVie safety, quality andregulatory policies and government regulations

  • Generate new scientific proposals and lead thoseefforts. Anticipate and critically evaluate scientific or regulatoryadvances or competitive threats and respond with appropriate newstrategies.

  • Recognized and sought out as an expert in his/herdiscipline within the company and possibly externally.

Level and compensation will becommensurate with experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Engineering or relatedfield with 12+ (Bachelors), 10+ (Masters), or 4+ (PhD) years of relatedwork experience.

  • Experience in research and/or development environment.

  • Demonstrated leadership of technical teams andeffective cross-functional communication

  • Proven ability to solve critical business and scientificproblems

  • Extensive experience in drug product processdevelopment and scale-up from pilot plant to a commercial facility

  • Familiarity with operation of oral dosage form processequipment and systems

  • Strong technical background in oral drug productmanufacturing unit operations including blending, wet- anddry-granulation, tableting, film-coating, milling and extrusion

  • Understanding of cGMP, regulatory and process safetyrequirements

  • Experience with Process Analytical Technologies,Continuous Manufacturing, and process modeling

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering

Key Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate and influence others, developsteam members, drives technical excellence, and inspires continuousimprovement

  • Builds strong relationships with peers andcross-functional partners to enable higher performance

  • Connects ideas from disparate fields, integrates dataand information quickly, and takes risks to achieve the highest performance

  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the statusquo

  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions andexperimentation for improvement

  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation andmanages innovation to reality