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AbbVie Associate Director, Business Insights Lead in Illinois

AbbVie is building an industry leading data ecosystem, that drives insight generation and operational efficiencies to deliver medicines to our patients safer and faster. We are looking for motivated leaders with expertise of insights, analytics and research to join our team to support our data-driven organization.

Reporting to the Director, Performance Intelligence & Technology, the Associate Director, Business Insights Lead will function as a key partner with Clinical Development Operations Leadership Team (CDO LT), Development Leadership Team, and cross-functional teams across R&D proactively reviewing and identifying internal and external trends to drive business value and actionable insights. The BI Lead monitors these trends and identifies underlying leading / lagging clinical trial performance indicators, ultimately creating fit-for-purpose recommendations to senior leadership. This role will work across the Clinical Trial Management Ecosystem (CTME) and Executive Dashboard (VISION) team to continuously enhance the existing ecosystem, driving cross-functional alignment with R&D business functions and with Business Technology Solutions (BTS). Requires frequent interaction with Sr. Leadership and cross-functional management to influence key decisions that impact AbbVie’s ecosystem. Will lead critical cross-functional initiatives that will enable the transformation of Clinical Development Operations.


  • Partner with CDO VPs, TA Heads, Sr. Directors to proactively identify trending and review analytics to drive action steps, while leading cross-functional teams

  • Communicate context, insights and objective analysis to CDO LT and other R&D Leaders throughout the organization to support decision making.

  • Support CDO LT in planning, organizing, implementing, and maintaining strategies and initiatives

  • Present key findings and insights at executive leadership meetings and follow up with additional analysis as required, anticipating/identifying issues that could affect timelines or quality and develops options and solutions

  • With input from relevant stakeholders, maintain and evolve existing processes for gathering, summarizing, and distributing relevant industry benchmarks / trends relevant to AbbVie’s pipeline.

  • Conduct ad-hoc short-term consulting projects to answer critical questions from leadership

  • Ensures consistency on insight generation and analysis across therapeutic areas; however, customize as per the nuances across TAs

  • Provides strategic direction across system owners, ensuring integrity of the data and the systems used to support AbbVie’s clinical trials

  • Anticipates emerging technology/methodology needs that can support the utilization of our data to produce efficiencies and create new value proposition

  • Together with the Data Science & Analytics team, develop reporting and new ways to measure trends to monitor Tier 1 and 2 CDO KPIs, as well as leading / lagging indicators on improvement projects that support the transformation of becoming a data-centric organization.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific or business field in statistics, mathematics with previous experience working directly in a clinical setting

  • 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical with knowledge of clinical trials, clinical trials process and technology, analytics-related; fewer years of experience will be considered if the candidate(s) have advanced degrees (PhD, MBA, Masters of Statistics preferred)

  • 8+ years of clinical research, analytics-related experience, or computer software experience in database development and reporting

  • Experience in managing a clinical trial from initiation through to completion is preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and analytical skills. Demonstrated history of successful execution in a fast-paced environment and in managing multiple priorities effectively

  • Strong effective communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate analytical and technical concepts in layman’s terms

  • Exemplary communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and collaborate with cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to influence Sr. Executives and cross-functional leaders

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate cross-functional teams towards task completio

  • Requires multi-faceted, broad-based experience in multiple functions. Considered to have in depth knowledge of drug development issues and business need

  • Demonstrated ability to design and develop strategies for the use of Business Intelligence and Analytical tools (such as SAS, Cognos, Qlik, Spotfire).


  • 1+ years consulting experience at a management consulting firm focused on life sciences

  • Advanced degrees – MBA, PhD, Master of Statistics / Mathematics

  • Deep knowledge in drug development, clinical research

Applicable to California Applicants Only

  • The below range is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in California. This range may be modified in the future.

  • The salary range for this role is posted below

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

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

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

  • 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 discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

AbbVie is an equal opportunity employer including disability/vets. 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 disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran or active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran or a person’s relationship or association with a protected veteran, including spouses and other family members, or any other protected group status. We will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, individuals with a disability, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans or active-duty wartime or campaign badge veterans. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for viewing in the Human Resources office during regular business hours.