Director, Strategic Safety Initiatives (Oak Lawn)

AbbVie in Oak Lawn, IL

  • Industry: Executive Management - Sales/Business Development
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $111,130.00 - 132,790.00 / Year*
position filled
This position reports into the Pharmacovigilance Portfolio Management Team (part of the Strategy Management Office) in the Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety (PPS) organization. The PPS organization works collaboratively and strategically with colleagues across the product lifecycle to identify, evaluate, understand and communicate the safety profile of our drugs to protect patients worldwide.

The Global Pharmacovigilance (PV) Portfolio Management team plays a critical role in conceptualizing, designing and driving high-priority cross-product initiatives (strategy, transformation, compliance and business process initiatives) that enhance performance across PPS and advance the pipeline. The team is a high-profile high-impact team that works across PPS and AbbVie on a range of critical initiatives. Examples of initiatives include global transformation initiatives, critical process initiatives to strengthen compliance, merger integration and operational efficiency initiatives.

This position is responsible for developing strategies and driving transformational change in the way PPS conducts its business operations. The scope is worldwide and the objective is to drive continuous improvement in operational excellence and compliance with a focus on developing the appropriate future capabilities to help PPS achieve a recognized leadership position in the industry. This position reports to the Senior Director, Office of the PST (Product Safety Team) and PV Portfolio Management.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop business strategies and maintain a rolling 3-5 year strategic improvement plan including, but not limited to, productivity, efficiency, new capabilities, compliance, , cost saving and time saving projects.
  • Drive complex global transformation programs
  • Identify strategic and operational business improvements and innovations to enable efficient and effective PPS business operations. Enable the continuous identification and assessment of innovative improvement ideas and opportunities from within the company and externally.
  • Drive continuous improvement in the framework of processes and tools to effectively implement projects including Project Management, Change Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Identification of Interdependencies
  • Ensure that all projects have KPIs to demonstrate effectiveness of implementation.
  • Communicate and champion the vision, mission and achievements of Global PV Portfolio Management Office. Serve as a positive and visible role model for change - Actively engages Senior Leaders to build sponsorship of key initiatives
  • Develop industry-wide professional network, including representation of PPS at industry groups and conferences


  • Advanced Degree (MBA, ) preferred with at least 10 years of strategy and project management experience in the healthcare and Pharmaceutical RD industry.
  • At least 8 years' experience in a top management consulting company or in similar role within a global company requiring a combination of consultation, strategic vision, practical project management and execution skills
  • Have proven ability to challenge the status quo and regularly think of ways to do things differently together with having strong fixer and problem solving skills.
  • Have prior experience working in the international environment, strong influencing and persuasion skills and the ability to be a respected collaborator.
  • Be able to inspire others across the organization to exhibit the same "must have" behaviors.
  • Be a strategist as well as an implementer.

Associated topics: climate, environment, health, health and safety, hygiene, osha, recycle, recycling, safety, sewage

* Estimated salary


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