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AbbVie Director, Strategic Initiatives, Asset Strategy in North Chicago, Illinois


As a strategic initiatives lead, you will work closely with Asset Leadership senior leaders to drive mission-critical initiatives that will make a real difference for AbbVie’s patients, while positioning our company for sustained top-tier growth. You will report to the Vice President of Asset Leadership and JAPAC Development as part of the Asset Leadership organization.


  • Partner with, and take direction from, Asset Leadership Head and TA VPs to lead prioritized pan-TA, pan-asset, disease focus and/or geographical strategic initiatives translating strategic vision into tactical action. This could include supporting the development and implementation of JAPAC initiatives, above asset/disease area strategies, and departmental/corporate initiatives.

  • Bring rigorous conceptual thinking to answer key TA-level questions leveraging internal and external intelligence and resources as required.

  • Monitor, understand and prioritize external trends of relevance to the enterprise, and help determine how AbbVie should prepare and/or respond.

  • Provide targeted support for AbbVie’s long-range strategic planning processes, including helping leaders shape their therapeutic and disease area strategic plans.

  • Prepare and, as appropriate, present updates to senior leaders and manage cross-functional senior stakeholders to ensure alignment on pan-TA strategic initiative goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., medicine, sciences, MBA) preferred

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience required, 10+ years of experience preferred, with healthcare and/or biopharma industry experience

  • Broad industry knowledge, including working understanding of the drug discovery, development and commercialization cycle, and basic knowledge of adjacent industries

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills; ability to frame broad and ambiguous problems and tackle in a logical way; experience developing well-supported business cases

  • Strong communication skills – comfortable presenting to and influencing senior leaders; able to tell clear and compelling stories, distilling essential points to enable high-quality decisions

  • Collaboration – team player, can-do attitude; focused on success of working team and of AbbVie

  • Can thrive working in an ambiguous environment with little oversight or direction

  • Cross-functional leadership – able to set goals, define clear work plans, sustain momentum, and motivate quality contributions from diverse team members

  • Drive, energy, and passion to advance AbbVie’s mission

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.