Senior Director Medical Affairs - Global Patient Solutions - Sub-Saharan Africa

Foster City
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October 19 2020
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Senior Director Medical Affairs - Global Patient Solutions - Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa - Johannesburg

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need.

Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to expand access to life-saving medicines where the needs and opportunity to impact through sustainable partnerships is greatest.

Senior Director, Medical Affairs-Global Patient Solutions (GPS), Sub-Saharan Africa
The Global Patient Solutions (GPS) business unit, focuses on ensuring effective execution of the company mission in low and lower-middle income countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Medical Affairs has an exciting opportunity to provide scientific and medical leadership for GPS projects, programs and initiatives in Africa--based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This position provides leadership in Africa through development, implementation and evaluation of activities that highlight the public health and medical impact of Gilead access programs in Anglophone Countries in Africa. The position will contribute to cross functional planning and strategies to increase the safe and effective use of Gilead's products for HIV, Chronic Viral Hepatitis B and C, and Invasive Fungal Diseases.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Productively develops and manages projects and programs relevant to GPS-MEDICAL AFFAIRS priorities identified in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contributes to development of a research agenda in support of GPS strategies and GPS-MEDICAL AFFAIRS goals and objectives in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Develops and manages effective collaborations, partnerships and coalitions with public and private sector organizations with interest in activities related to public health and medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Applies principles of implementation science to facilitate the safe and effective scale of Gilead products to improve health outcomes in prioritized Therapeutic Areas in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Provides technical and administrative expertise related to the medical and public health aspects needed to launch and support Gilead products, as needed
  • Supports innovative use of digital technologies for communication, disease advocacy, monitoring or data collection in support of strengthening of health systems
  • Develops evidence-based communication packages tailored to internal and external audiences and stakeholders
  • Support operational excellence through development of processes for generating performance metrics and tracking outcomes of GPS-MEDICAL AFFAIRS programs and communicating results to key stake holder audiences

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Advanced degree (e.g., MD, DO, PharmD, PhD, NP/PA)
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience is required
  • Extensive clinical experience in infectious disease and/ or liver disease with achievements in clinical research, public health and education
  • High level fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative, cross-functional environment with internal and external colleagues, including representatives of academia, research, medical, public health and affected communities.
  • Strong communication skills: effectively present and discuss scientific data in both technical and non-technical venues.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership in driving innovation and working in a collaborative, culturally diverse, cross disciplinary environment,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to align medical and public health strategies
  • Programmatic experience in Africa highly desirable
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office suite of tools
  • Travel required: 25 percent, mostly within Africa and internationally

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