Senior Director, Oncology Discovery
Company: AbbVie, Inc.
Posted on: April 8, 2021
Job Description 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 www.abbvie.com . Follow @abbvie on Twitter ,
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Since 2013, AbbVie has expanded its commitment to the San Francisco
Bay Area, now represented by three facilities in Redwood City,
South San Francisco, Sunnyvale and a future new Bay Area
headquarters in South San Francisco. AbbVie employees in the Bay
Area drive AbbVie's research-based, innovation driven missions in
healthcare. Specifically, Bay Area employees bring deep scientific
expertise and commercial excellence to advance cancer care. Current
oncology areas of focus include immuno-oncology, tumor targeting,
tumor dependency and precision medicine. With facilities positioned
in the heart of the biotechnology industry, we are able to
collaborate with the best and brightest minds in oncology. The
Senior Director will lead a research department at the forefront of
cancer biology from target discovery through Candidate Selection.
The role will involve the development and implementation of
strategic objectives with an emphasis on targets/pathways in which
clear tumor dependencies (e.g., genetically validated targets and
synthetic lethal targets) can be established. This leader will
primarily serve as the research head of the Bay Area Tumor
Dependency department. The incumbent will be required to lead,
communicate, manage (directly and indirectly) in a matrixed global
organization across a diverse set of colleagues The ideal
candidate--should have a passion for Cancer Biology with a
track-record of identifying and progressing novel targets to
clinical candidates. As a skilled organizational leader, this
individual should be an efficient manager, an effective team
builder and a productive collaborator who will provide strong
organizational and scientific leadership consistent with AbbVie's
culture of innovation and teamwork. The exact position will be
commensurate of experience
- Develop, refine, and implement the research strategy in cancer
biology with a specific focus towards identifying novel tumor
dependencies (e.g., synthetic lethality) in both solid and
hematological tumor settings
- Lead an internal team of scientists (25-30) in identifying,
validating, and prosecuting novel targets from a multitude of
bioinformatics and functional genomics approaches
- Keep up to date with the latest scientific advancements (e.g.
emerging biology, new technologies, and competitive landscape) and
is well informed about current trends in oncology research and
development to deliver the next generation of oncology discovery
- Set departmental scientific and business goals and deliver
through managing people and resources
- Provide day-to-day scientific and organizational leadership for
research teams within the Tumor Dependency area by serving as a
mentor and role model with the goal of developing high-performing
teams and scientific talent
- Develop a science-driven, goal-oriented culture that values
innovation, teamwork, transparency, accountability, empowerment,
- Identify, engage, and ensure the success of research
collaborations across AbbVie's global network and the external
- Work with the Discovery leadership team to allocate appropriate
resources to ensure timely achievement of pipeline goals.
- Serve as a key member of the Oncology leadership team,
collaborating internally with other leadership as well as serve as
a representative of AbbVie Oncology to the external scientific
- MD or PhD in Life Sciences or equivalent with a minimum of 15
years of relevant industrial/academic experience in oncology
positions of increasing responsibility.
- Proven track record of scientific innovation and accomplishment
in the field as evidenced by publication record, patents, and
- Demonstrated experience in advancing novel research programs in
drug discovery from target identification through preclinical
development Key Leadership Competencies:
- Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally
with partners to enable higher performance.
- Learns fast, grasps organizational priorities and can change
course quickly where indicated.
- Experience in leading, mentoring and developing a diverse and
talented research team. Raises the bar and is never satisfied with
the status quo.
- Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and
experimentation for improvement.
- Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages
innovation to reality.
- Self-starter with strong scientific curiosity and rigor,
excellent interpersonal and analytic skills, high ethical standards
and outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.
Significant Work Activities
Awkward/forceful/repetitive motions (arms above shoulders, bent
Yes, 10 % of the Time
Job Level Code
Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse
backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients.
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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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