Allergan Director, Scientific Assessment in Madison, New Jersey

Director, Scientific Assessment

Madison, New Jersey, United States at

Jul 02, 2018Post Date

181331Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients. Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Overview

Allergan is a $15B billion diversified global pharmaceutical company with core therapeutic areas in neurosciences, ophthalmology, medical aesthetics, and gastrointestinal diseases. We apply our “Open Science” model of external partnerships and acquisitions as the primary means to develop and sustain our pipeline. This is accomplished through cross functional team effort seeking and evaluating new innovations that result in recommendations for new programs. This requires people with an internal “entrepreneur/innovator” mindset with the desire to make a real impact on the future pipeline.

The Director, Due Diligence leads the scientific benefit/risk assessment process for a thorough technical review of new pipeline opportunities as part of Allergan’s open science model. The assessment follows establishment of interest in the opportunity at a conceptual and strategic level all the way through the finalization of the business agreement. This individual facilitates interaction within and between the Allergan R&D, Business Development, Commercial assessment, and Intellectual property teams. In addition, this incumbent facilitates interactions with potential partners and acts as the point of contact for exchange of technical information including access to the data-rooms. S/he leads the scientific assessment team to ensure critical and integrated multi-disciplinary assessments is conducted by cross functional subject matter experts including identification of major gaps, risks to development, regulatory approval and launch readiness and recommend strategic direction to management.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include building the appropriate stage specific scientific assessment team with appropriate representation from relevant R&D, quality, and manufacturing functions, management and coordination of the internal scientific assessment process, communication between potential partners and the scientific assessment team, and work with team to identify and communicate key issues and action items to executive R&D management. S/he coordinates and leads off-site due diligence efforts. S/he leads debriefing sessions after review of data/due diligence to discuss salient features, key product differentiators, development considerations and hurdles, and mitigation plans, and facilitates the adoption of a consensus recommendation on the opportunity.

The Director, Due Diligence R&D works with the joint scientific and commercial team to help create target product profiles toward supporting strategic search and evaluation of programs in key therapeutic interest of Allergan. The individual works closely with the various R&D functions to prepare development plans, including budget and timelines for opportunities which provides information as a basis for the P&Ls, terms proposals and contracts. This individual is responsible for coordination of contract review by the scientific team, summarizes contract comments and participates in the negotiation of scientific issues. This incumbent will contribute to resolving conflicts at team level or higher. S/he will facilitate decision making within team, present strategic issues to senior management, and facilitate communications from scientific team to Business Development and Commercial Assessments. The Director, Due Diligence is responsible for coordination with Project Management and the integration team to assure there is an efficient transfer of relevant information (confidential data, development plans, key issues) when a new product(s) is in-licensed/acquired. S/he will assure the licensing database is populated with relevant information.


Experience with multiple therapeutic areas, with particular experience in one or more of gastroenterology, psychiatry/CNS, ophthalmology, or medical aesthetics preferred. International experience preferred.

Demonstrated experience assessing competitive environments of drug development and state of art medical practice.

Proven issue resolution and team building skills required.

Ability to proactively identify and act to resolve project issues to prevent delays in assessment timelines is required.

The successful candidate must be comfortable facilitating team decision making and ideally experienced with the application of decision analysis methodologies and related tools.

Ability to represent diligence teams at executive management meetings required.

Proven ability to motivate, manage, and develop a cross functional teams required.

Excellent analytical and communication skills, both verbal and written required. This position is located in New Jersey and may require minimal travel (25%).

Preferred Skills/Qualification

• A minimum of 10 years of industrial experience including a minimum of 5 years previous experience in drug development ideally with project management related experience .

• Track record of leading multi-disciplinary project teams through various phases of drug development is highly preferred.


Advanced Scientific Degree (MS, PhD, MBA) in life science or relevant discipline is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.