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Director, Global Alliance Leader



North Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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 at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

As Director of Global Alliances, you will champion for programs governed by alliance agreements between AbbVie and our external partners with a focus on jointly advancing drug discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines that bring remarkable impact to patients. You will partner with leaders across AbbVie, be a high performing team member who has demonstrated an interest and expertise in the biopharma industry, demonstrate strong desire to advance AbbVie’s strategic agenda and lead all alliance-related activities in support of AbbVie’s partnered pipeline assets.

The Global Alliances group will provide a high profile and high impact experience for team members. The Director will be responsible for driving alignment on the overarching strategy, developing a risk mitigation plan in collaboration with the alliance partner and making recommendations to senior leadership to best position the partnership for success.

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for supporting due diligence and business development activities when assessing and negotiating potential future partnerships. This individual will work within a cross-matrix team setting composed of both internal and external partners and will drive the relevant agendas for all governance meetings.

Major Responsibilities

  • Translate strategic vision for the alliances into tactical action, identify the highest impact ideas and plans, and focus efforts to work well across strategic priorities.
  • Act as advocate for the alliance, resolving conflicts and collaborate cross-functionally to facilitate relationships between the partners.
  • Accountable for facilitating and aligning the overarching development strategy for the alliance assets and ensure that risk mitigation plans are proactively managed.
  • As required per agreement and business need, lead risk-appropriate diligence, coordinate team alignment, and make strategic recommendations on partnered assets to senior leaders.
  • Drive the agendas and execute governance meetings between internal and external partners.
  • Support AbbVie’s business development strategy and operations as appropriate.
  • Support AbbVie’s corporate partnership events to build and strengthen external relationships with existing and future partners.
  • Establish and promote best partnering practices to gain competitive advantage and establish AbbVie as partner-of-choice.
  • Drive executive-level discussions to influence complex business decisions and effectively collaborate cross-functionally to deliver business results.
  • Partner with VP and executive level stakeholders, acting as a thought-partner on key business decisions that impact the current and future state of AbbVie.


  • Advanced scientific degree (PharmD, PhD, MD, or PhD-MD) with a focus on key AbbVie therapeutic areas strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience with 5+ years of experience in pharmaceutical development or commercialization highly preferred.
  • Additional competency in strategic analysis, consulting, investment banking, business development and/or ventures a plus.
  • Experience working with external partners. Ability to think creatively and strategically to successfully mediate and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Experience managing large projects within a complex matrixed organization either as an external consultant or internal cross-functional lead to influence and align stakeholders.
  • Experience with various business development deal models, including option-based models.
  • Requires thorough understanding of the research, development, and commercialization of new drugs through past experiences and a good grounding in scientific, development, regulatory and commercial concepts in both early and late-stage development programs.
  • Must demonstrate critical analytic thinking for conflict resolution; risk management; organizational alignment; and develop and present strategic proposals to executive leadership teams that will lead to better business outcomes.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and managing competing priorities.
  • Familiarity with legal and contractual governance.
  • Basic financial literacy, with quantitative and modeling skills and ability to distill complex information.

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 believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay 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/vision insurance 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 pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s 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 AbbVie’s 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.