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AbbVie VP, Head of Statistical Sciences in North Chicago, Illinois

About AbbVie

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter at , Facebook at , Instagram , YouTube at and LinkedIn at .

A strategic, dynamic, and empowered leader, the VP, Statistical Sciences oversees all Statistical Sciences functions across R&D. In addition, this leader is responsible for the methodological and quantitative scientific contributions of the organization while simultaneously driving operational excellence. A highly visible and collaborative role, the Head of Statistical Sciences partners across R&D to generate evidence in support of AbbVie products.

  • Provideleadership and vision to the global Statistical Sciences organization including staff at 6 sites worldwide (180 FTE) and associated organizationaldesign and budgetary responsibility

  • Responsible for leading/drivingscientific statistical methodological expertise to impact the AbbVie portfolioby application of both best in class and novel statistical approaches as partof unified Development strategies. This includes oversight of quantitiativemethods deployed across the portfolio with an eye towards efficiency and innovation.Set policy on AbbVie preferred statistical practices.

  • Serve as subject matter expert and owner for key biometrics processesand associated operating model(s) related to Statistical Sciences SOPs, workinstructions, process maps, training and software/tools. Develop new processesand operating models along with appropriate documentation and changemanagement.

  • Own statistical support for one of the broadest industry portfolios spanning 2 AbbVieR&D organizations and including aesthetics, early/late oncology,immunology, neuroscience, general medicine, infectious disease, eye care, phase1 HV.

  • Oversee keyStatistical Sciences touchpoints through dedicated functions partnered with GlobalMedical Affairs, Discovery/Exploratory/Genomics, non-clinical/manufacturing/quality,Patient Safety, and Precision Medicine.

  • Leadership and Integration of acquired companies toinclude synergy realization, harmonization of technology/process, and simultaneous/temporarymaintenance of multiple/diverse company operating models during transition.

  • Serveas a key Leader on the Data and Statistical Sciences Senior Leadership Team to helpset and drive vision and execution with respect to data operations, statistics,and statistical reporting/analytics.

  • RepresentAbbVie externally, demonstrating scientific leadership and collaborating inindustry, academic and regulatory forums as appropriate.


  • PhDin statistics or equivalent experience in biometrics leadership. At least 15+years of experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology field

  • Outstandingcommunication is a non-negotiable. This includes clarity in writing includingexcellence in scientific/technical/process writing, influential speech andnegotiation, ability to explain complex concepts to others, willingness and abilityto engage in scientific discourse at the executive level.

  • Demonstratedexperience developing and leading high performing teams.

  • Expertin statistical methodology including best practices and new industry trends.Agile learner and change agent.

  • Functionalknowledge of machine learning/AI and Big Data.

  • Executivepresence and high degree of emotional intelligence.

Significant Work Activities

Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


Yes, 10 % of the Time

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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.