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AbbVie Project Director II, Immunology in Worcester, Massachusetts

Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions 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, and eye care – and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

  • Primary responsibility is to advance multiple research projects from Lead Optimization through Candidate Selection stages through effective leadership of matrixed, multi-disciplinary teams with membership from discovery, precision medicine, preclinical safety and safety pharmacology, DMPK-BA, CMC, clinical development, and others. Programs may include biologic, genetic medicine, small molecule, protein degrader / PROTAC, antibody-drug conjugate, or other modality.

  • Define clear objectives and vision for each project and set short- and long-term project strategy.

  • Ensure scientific excellence across programs. Work with core team members across functions to design and execute appropriate experiments to efficiently advance projects to key decisions. Keep teams on track to accomplish project goals.

  • Acquire appropriate resources, as needed, to carry out key experiments.

  • Critically analyze data and lead teams to solve issues and make best strategic decisions. Identify and utilize appropriate internal and external experts and resources to advise and advance the project.

  • Inspire and motivate team members across the organization.

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Discovery, Development Sciences, and Development.

  • Prepare all necessary documents and presentations that demonstrate progress of projects and support Discovery and Development activities. Clearly present project(s) to a variety of audiences including functional heads and other senior leaders.

  • Position project(s) for seamless transition from Discovery to Clinical. Serve as Discovery representative on assets advancing through first-in-human studies.

  • Mentor project leaders and target champions for programs in the Lead Generation stage


  • PhD or MS/BS with equivalent experience and 12+ years industry experience PhD preferred

  • Demonstrated multi-disciplinary scientific expertise and critical knowledge of all relevant disciplines to facilitate timely execution of project components, including a minimum of 8+ years experience as a late-stage core team member and/or co-project lead across multiple projects. Broad scientific experience across multiple projects spanning the range of Discovery to Development, including biologics projects, are required.

  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Highly organized and self-directed, capable of leading multiple complex research programs in parallel

  • Extensive leadership experience and proven ability to inspire and motivate team members even with no direct reporting relationship.

Additional Information

Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state or local law: ​

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.​

  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick), medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.​

  • This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentive programs. ​

  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentive programs​

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable law. ​

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. 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 protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.