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AbbVie Director, Therapeutic Area Strategies – International Government Affairs (IGA) Immunology in North Chicago, Illinois

Director, Therapeutic Area Strategies – International Government Affairs (IGA) Immunology

USA, Illinois, Lake County


Requisition #1904759

The Director, Therapeutic Area Strategies, is responsible for supporting Government Affairs objectives, and devising and implementing comprehensive government affairs strategies to support key brands within Immunology to positively influencing the policy, legislative and regulatory environments in international markets and sustaining innovative partnerships to support brand goals. This position will also be responsible for developing strategies and for providing knowledge development support to government relations colleagues globally, in order to influence the environment in their targeted geographies in a manner that supports AbbVie’s business objective. 20% travel (domestic and international) required.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as connector for International GovernmentAffairs (IGA) function to the Commercial organization by ensuring closealignment and understanding of commercial and pipeline priorities with afocus on access opportunities and challenge

  • Serve as resource to IGA on therapeuticarea-specific need

  • Identify GA opportunities to drive access andaddress access barriers and challenges to our priority therapeutic areasin alignment with relevant GA teams

  • Develop and drive GA launch readiness approach incollaboration with USGA and other core functions

  • Align with Western Europe & Canada (WE&C)and Japan Emerging Markets & Australia (JEM&A) Government Affairsand External Affairs teams, and Global Public Policy, Research andAnalytics (GPPRA) to provide on-going advice and guidance to thecommercial organization on policy and political developments that directlyimpact our therapeutic areas.

  • Align with US TAS team members to inform andsupport early brand strategy development and engagement efforts forpipeline products

Core Responsibilities:

  • Advises and collaborates with leaders from HQ,Areas, and global brand teams and other functional areas to develop andexecute global government affairs strategies that support the commercialbusiness units. Manages product and therapeutic area issues and providesstrategic counsel to management to ensure effective alignment withcorporate policy positions.

  • Support key brands in Immunology and work towards a more favorableenvironment for AbbVie’s business activities globally by influencinggovernmental policies in order to positively affect patient access andreimbursement among government and commercial players.

  • Serve as the Government Affairs designated partner and singlepoint of contact for the brand teams. Supports and aligns with brand teamsfor brand planning, strategy development and capacity building globallyacross a product’s life cycle, including informing the GA and externalenvironment strategy for pipeline assets.

  • Anticipate trends in external environment that will impact AbbVieand develop plans to address areas of concern. Undertake regular andrigorous assessment of policy environment to develop, review and updateinternal stakeholders. Develop and manage plan of engagement to achieveproductive long-term working relationships for AbbVie and the brand assetwith all relevant third-party groups.

  • Mobilize appropriate policy, public affairs and governmentrelations resources to ensure implementation of therapeutic area-specificgovernment affairs strategies. Collaborate cross-functionally withinternal stakeholders to ensure global alignment of strategies.

  • Implement and monitor systems to measure effectiveness and impactof public policy and government affairs activities on the policyenvironment and on brand asset performance; develop and track key outcomesand deliverables; develop and manage program budgets

  • Five to ten years ofrelevant experience in either the pharmaceutical industry, another healthcare sector, or in public policy or public relations role. Requires theability to integrate political, policy and government affairs expertise todevelop effective strategies and implementation plans. Experience inGovernment or Public Affairs and access campaigns in key markets/areasincluding designing and leading coalitions and campaigns required

  • Requires excellentskills, knowledge, understanding and extensive background in the coreareas of government affairs and policy (Stakeholder and AllianceDevelopment, Government Relations, Medical and Science Policy, Policy andEconomic Analysis) to maximize colleague contributions. The ability tolead and contribute to cross-functional teams. Broad-based background withworking with stakeholders who have an impact on product development and lifecycle.

  • He/she will be acreative, flexible, strategic and entrepreneurial thinker, capable ofleveraging relationships and facilitate partnerships with industry peers,government officials, and other external stakeholders to reach publicpolicy goals. Demonstrated ability to develop creative yet rigorousbusiness problem-solving and planning skills.

  • Has well-honed political sensitivitiesand impeccable integrity while having the executive presence necessary todeal effectively with high-profile stakeholders such as elected officials,executives and a variety of external constituencies including governmentsand leadership of multi-lateral organizations.

  • Candidate mustpossess strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, theability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strongorganizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changingrequirements, resourcefulness and creativity, strong attention to detail,a proven track record of being able to work under deadlines and an abilityto work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.

  • Must be anindividual who works well in a team environment and enjoys working in acollegial, yet highly demanding culture. Must be able to workcollaboratively with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field suchas health care administration, political science, public administration orpolicy required. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Candidates must also have comprehensiveknowledge of all Microsoft Office applications.

  • Domestic/International travel (20%) required.

Additional Information

  • AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer: gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic., we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer

  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: N/A

  • Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

  • Job Type: Experienced

  • Schedule: Full-time