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Director, Medical Science Library

Allergan (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, health care 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 and join our bold team.

Position Overview: The director of the Global Medical Science Library provides a vision for, leads, and is accountable for the administration, oversight, and propagation of this department, including the acquisition, planning, staffing, and maintaining of all medical and scientific library operations, tools, and solutions for research and development (R&D) worldwide. The director represents the library in the business community, collaborates with users and providers, formulates library policies, and monitors the overall effectiveness of its staff and deliverables. The director helps prepare and leads the implementation long-range plans. More specifically, the director is responsible for drafting the library budget and spending controls. The director leads the discussion and development of strategy and objectives, and assures alignment of the library with R&D goals and initiatives. Furthermore, the library director owns the process and execution of all vendor contracts. The director is responsible for library technology and applications needed by R&D and maintains awareness of emerging solutions. The director leads the competitive intelligence function of the library and guides processes and technology for knowledge management. The director is responsible for continuous improvements in the delivery and usage of library tools and solutions.

Main Areas of Responsibilities: Directs all operations, communication, strategy, and functions of the library:

  • The quality, accessibility, and usability of tools and solutions
  • The virtual library
  • Competitive intelligence alerts
  • Knowledge management
  • Pharmacovigilance (literature support)
  • Budget, spending, vendor relations
  • Library advocacy and promotion
  • Workforce management, recruiting, and career development
  • Alignment with R&D and corporate goals
  • Leads technology development and touch points with the IT department.
  • Responsible for the professional development and careers of reporting staff
  • Oversees relationships with key executives
  • Creates library policies
  • Maintains awareness of copyright law and library ordinances
  • Plans for the future of the library and evaluates technology innovation
  • Controls and implements processes for continuous improvement
  • Monitors user perception of service models, tools, and solutions
  • Presides over and guides agenda for department meetings and events
  • Guides collaboration with user groups, stakeholders, and interacting departments
  • Supports the associate vice president, Medical and Science Information, in matters related to the library function

Leads the acquisition and delivery of competitive intelligence information to the business, including the WATCH program, collaboration with R&D, Business Development, and Global Strategic Marketing. Evaluates and implements solutions for emerging user needs.

Keeps informed of developments in the pharmaceutical industry and information/computer science through source material, workshops and seminars, through continuing education programs, and by participation in activities of prestigious professional organizations.

Required: The candidate should have 5–10 years of experience as a manager of a corporate library with equivalent budget and staff responsibilities. This level of experience and expertise is typically gained by a senior information scientist in a corporate library or information center with 10–15 years of experience. The individual for this role has a demonstrated history of directing complex projects, interacting with the business and their executives, and is skilled in guiding teams and direct reports. This individual is also a skilled project manager. Library management education; thorough knowledge in drug development and the pharmaceutical industry; advanced computer applications training; medical, patent, scientific, business, and drug database training.


  • Business and finance management skills
  • Library operations knowledge
  • Research, databases, technology, and software application abilities
  • Pharmaceutical industry knowledge
  • Regulatory and competitive environment knowledge
  • Analytical and reporting abilities
  • Supervisory and motivational abilities
  • Communication and collaboration ability
  • Training and education skills

Education: Doctorate-level education in the sciences or master’s of library and information science (MLIS) and science background.

Salary Information: $140,000–$160,000 +/-

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