Director, Global Engineering Strategy and Planning

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, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.



Provide leadership for the capital planning and strategy development aspects of the Global Engineering function.  This includes leading the development of ongoing capital investment strategy for the global manufacturing network (IME) and oversight of the capital planning processes for all of AbbVie Operations.  Lead engineering Front End Planning (FEP) activities in support of network strategy development including asset utilization modeling, capital cost estimation, business development deal input, pipeline technology assessment and network scenario development.  Provides leadership for and ownership of all capital planning processes within Operations supporting the major financial cycles (Long Range Planning, Annual Plan, Update) to ensure optimal use of Operations capital.  Provide recommendations to IME senior leadership on investments to optimize the manufacturing network footprint while maintaining Assurance of Supply and geographic balance.  Remain abreast of emerging technologies and the state of the industry to inform network LRP strategy.  Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with external engineering, architectural and peer organizations to facilitate benchmarking and incorporation of best practices into Global Engineering business processes.  Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with external engineering and construction organizations, including Architect/Engineering, Construction Management, Consulting and Contractor firms, in order to meet project design, schedule, cost and quality requirements. Manage and leverage common engineering systems.



  • Lead experienced team of project engineers in scenario development and capital cost estimation for projects ranging from $1MM - $200MM.
  • Accountable for all processes, policies and procedures related to Capital Planning.
  • Responsible for Operations-wide capital planning processes for all financial cycles (LRP, Plan, Update) with a total annual investment spend of >$400MM.
  • Responsible for asset utilization modeling and development of multi-year investment strategies for a global network of 27 manufacturing Sites.
  • Conduct and record benchmarking of capital cost estimation best practices within AbbVie, professional associations, A&E firms and other peer companies.
  • Team to lead and coordinate objective criticality scoring of Site level projects delivering network-wide investment prioritization.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Sr. Operations functional leaders (QA, Central Services, S&T, BTS, etc.) to support development of functional capital plans and provide engineering support.
  • Interface with Sites (leadership and engineering) to assemble and maintain library of capability and capacity information to inform investment decisions and strategy.
  • Build partnership with S&T/R&D to ensure network technology preparedness to support the Pipeline and influence key decisions impactful to process design early in the product development lifecycle.


  • Bachelors Degree: Engineering. Masters Degree: Master of Management or Master in Business Administration, preferred.
  • 10-15 years experience in Engineering and/or Manufacturing Management required.