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The PPS (Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety) organization works collaboratively and strategically with colleagues across the product lifecycle to identify, evaluate, understand and communicate the safety profile of our products to protect patients worldwide.


This position is accountable for providing Affiliate medical teams (including Affiliate PV teams, Affiliate Medical Directors, Area Global Medical Affairs and other medical stakeholders) with product safety insights that enable successful product launches, maximize value of on-market products and support product differentiation for asset value preservation. The Area PV Product Lead informs Global PV product safety strategies with high-value local/regional insights.

Major Responsibilities:


  • Provide Affiliate medical teams with timely product safety information on key safety decisions and top emerging safety topics in post marketing data for recently launched products or products with heightened external safety interest.  Triage and translate Affiliate product safety information needs to PPS Safety Science subject matter experts and ensure closed loop on information needs. Anticipate product safety information valuable to informing local business activities.
  • Ensure launch readiness of Affiliate PV teams. Tailor global PV launch materials to meet affiliate needs and drive PPS activities to prepare Affiliate PV teams for successful launches within their countries.  Facilitate Affiliate medical teams’ understanding of benefit-risk position/messages and critical insights (e.g. safety topics discussed during dialog with regulatory agencies, post-marketing safety studies). Ensure readiness to implement post-marketing safety commitments. Share practical PV launch learnings across affiliates.
  • Facilitate timely connection between Safety Science subject matter experts with Affiliate medical teams seeking PPS guidance and partnership.
  • Liaise with Affiliate/Area medical teams to proactively gather insights on regulatory and commercial strategies for late stage assets and provide PV perspectives. Evaluate impact of these strategies on risk management planning and PV deliverables/activities. Connect with PPS and Affiliate PV Teams to share relevant information and ensure readiness to support strategies.
  • Present product safety information at key regional leadership meetings and provide appropriate local context to inform local business decisions/activities.
  • Share local and area PV insights with PPS Safety Science leaders to inform Global PV strategies.
  • Provide Affiliate/Area medical teams with pertinent PV insights to support product differentiation and help preserve asset value and maximize product benefit-risk.
  • Provide consultation to International PV Operational Excellence team to optimize affiliate PV strategic planning and operational performance.
  • Facilitate best practice sharing (e.g. successful approaches in engaging medical teams, insightful information that delivered high value to affiliates) across Area PV Product Leads and more broadly, across the International PV organization.

Required Education:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare discipline (i.e.: Life Science, Pharmacy, nursing or healthcare profession, or biomedical disciplines), Masters or advanced degree is desirable.

Required Experience: 

  • At least 7 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry and a strong understanding of the drug development and drug licensing process.
  • Extensive experience within Pharmacovigilance is required. Comprehensive knowledge of PV activities and deliverables, throughout the product lifecycle, required to support and maintain product benefit-risk profile. Ability to describe nature and communicate impact of these activities to other non-PV professionals.
  • Understanding of the connections between regulations and science for the benefit of drug safety
  • Strong leadership presence and strong communication/presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate and synthesize pertinent information, in a clear and impactful manner, to senior executives
  • Ability to connect the dots quickly between strategies and decisions; Skilled in asking the right questions and proactively anticipating information needed to inform business decisions/actions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across organizational boundaries.; Ability to quickly build trusted relationships in affiliates, at a regional/area level, across therapeutic areas, etc.
  • High degree of strategic thinking and demonstrated problem solving skills; Resourcefulness and initiative to access/find information; Ability to think quickly on his/her feet

Key Stakeholders  

  • Affiliate Medical Teams (including Affiliate PV teams, Affiliate Medical Directors, Area Global Medical Affairs and other medical stakeholders)
  • Product Safety Team stakeholders (Therapeutic Area Heads, Product Safety Team Leads, Group Medical Safety Leads and Office of the PST)
  • Safety Decision Sciences
  • Global Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Benefit-Risk Management
  • Patient Integration
  • Office of the QPPV
  • International PV Operational Excellence
  • Area Regulatory Leads
  • Safety Operations Therapeutic Area Leads

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients.  As an equal opportunity employer 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 gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

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