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Individual contributor with responsibility for pro-actively evaluating, negotiating with, measuring and managing vendors providing scientific services and deliverables to AbbVie R&D, with a primary focus on AbbVie’s West Coast Oncology efforts, and sole responsibility for up to medium scale vendor relationships (single or few countries, value generally less than $10 MM annually, single or few TA/FAs utilizing) and transactions with moderate complexity.  Based either out of AbbVie’s Bay Area R&D Facilities or AbbVie’s Lake County, IL HQ, with periodic travel to AbbVie’s US R&D facilities


Leads negotiations and drives transactions to completion on time and on budget.  Active manager and primary owner of scientific categories and supplier relationships, may include sourcing responsibility.  



Responsible for maintaining compliance with Corporate Purchasing, Finance, Quality Assurance and Office of Ethics and Compliance policies. 



key Responsibilities Include:  

  • Primary focus on negotiation and execution of related R&D Master Agreements within coverage areas. Maintains and manages existing MSA’s, including amending agreements in relation to new business needs or changes in circumstances. 

  • Additional responsibility for negotiation and execution of one-off agreements (and statements of work) in assigned categories as requested by management. 

  • Drives transactions to successful completion, and accountable for successfully interacting with vendor through relationship lifecycle.

  • Responsible for providing initial document drafting and originating redlines to Legal following return of documents from counterparties. 

  • Reviews and analyzes KPIs/metrics, holding vendors accountable to established performance criteria for vendor activities.  Drives the investigation of vendor performance issues and develops solutions to ensure overall performance, compliance and Quality.  Communicates findings and recommendations to larger organization.

  • Assists in establishing and is responsible for maintaining consistent practices and policies related to vendor activities to insure compliance with Corporate Purchasing, Finance, QA, Clinical and OEC policies.

  • Across supported R&D service categories, responsible for pro-actively collaborating with TAs/FAs and related Technology Licensing Collaboration (TLC) POCs and Outsourcing Project Managers.  Leverages these efforts to strategically build a preferred supplier network in such categories.

  • Provides effective communication to both internal and external partners. Address business issues for key services providers in conjunction with TLC POCs and Outsourcing Project Managers, QA, Dev Ops and other related depts. 

  • Implements the comprehensive plan for R&D SG&A savings goals across all contracting functions.

  • Liaise with Corporate Purchasing, TAs/FAs and fellow R&D delegated purchasing functions to ensure R&D needs are met.




  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree is preferred (Scientific, JD, MBA).

  • 5-8 years combined experience in pharmaceutical research, legal, strategy or financial analysis required. Prefer Pharmaceutical, Licensing, CRO or Legal experience.

  • Understanding of drug development, underlying scientific principles, project management, quality assurance, manufacturing, clinical and non-clinical research, legal and regulatory functions. 

  • Understanding of outsourcing processes, corporate purchasing standards, legal, OEC, QA and finance policies and procedures.  Knowledge of AbbVie organization, pipeline, processes, and culture beneficial

  • Ability to successfully operate in a global environment without direct reporting responsibility/authority.  Emerging leadership skills with a very broad business orientation.  Responsible to teams but with no direct reporting responsibility/authority for those functional areas

  • Proven project management skills.  Developing skills in managing broad scope projects involving cross-functional teamwork.

  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically.  Position requires strong analytical skills to understand scientific and financial data, recognize key issues and establish priorities.

  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.  Excellent communication skills both (written and verbal).  Experience in preparing/presenting key information to management.

  • Ability to build and maintain effective internal and external partnerships. Relationship management and influencing skills required. High degree of customer focus.

  • Requires problem solving abilities at both strategic and operational levels. To identify and resolve issues related to a contract, or management of the supplier to the contract or management of performance issues. This involves both internal cross-functional problem solving as well as issue resolution between functional areas and external suppliers.

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