Senior Director, Head of Research Finance

Foster City
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January 21 2021
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Senior Director, Head of Research Finance
United States - California - Foster City

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

Making a Difference on a Global Scale

The Finance Senior Director will lead a team of 3-4 professionals driving financial planning and analysis efforts for the Research function, a ~$600m function that reports directly to the CEO. The successful candidate will be the primary business partner to the EVP of Research and will sit on the Research Leadership Team providing guidance on strategic, operational, and financial issues. This person will be responsible for demonstrating strong communication, influencing, and strategic thinking skills that will drive our early research and discovery work as we innovate a portfolio of life savings medicines from the lab into the clinic.

This position reports to the VP, R&D Finance with a dotted line reporting relationship to the EVP Research.

Essential Duties & Job Functions



  • Serve as primary business partner for EVP Research - supporting strategy, resource allocation, and execution of a large function that is critical to Gilead's mission and future success
  • Develop analytics/reporting capability to increase the visibility and potential of our early research portfolio
  • Develop improved processes to connect our research efforts with development and commercial, ensuring that our work is focused on the highest value work
  • Partner with Technical Accounting and the Corporate Development team to analyze and influence complex collaboration agreements
  • Oversee the monthly and quarterly close process for your team, including expense accruals, management reporting, and budget vs. actual variance analysis. Report results to Research and Finance executives
  • Proactively recommend and implement process improvements to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our reporting and analysis
  • Provide ad-hoc analyses and project support for the executive leadership team
  • Provide managerial leadership and guidance to direct reports. Build a highly capable team through the attraction, training and development of professionals to meet business needs.


Knowledge, Experience, & Skills



  • The preferred candidate will possess a minimum of 14+ years' experience with a BA/BS, 12+ with an MBA, having held positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including at least 5-7 years' experience as a senior finance leader and business partner.
  • A minimum of 4-6 years of management experience is required, growing teams of a minimum of 3 people.
  • A BS or BA is required, and an MBA or CPA is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience in biotech or pharma is strongly preferred.
  • In-depth proficiency in aspects of accounting and finance and knowledge of US GAAP is required.
  • In depth knowledge of US Healthcare Systems, Business Intelligence, Planning and ERP systems is required with proficiency in Microsoft tools.
  • Experience in high-growth, multi-national organization a plus.


The key competencies for this candidate are:



  • Excellent interpersonal skills: an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively with multiple functions are required.
  • Ability to quickly establish credibility with diverse audiences and be perceived as a leader is required.
  • Business Savvy and Financial Acumen: The candidate will possess technical knowledge on analytics, business foresight, and problem-solving skills.
  • Results Orientation: The ideal candidate will be results-driven and must thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. You must have the ability to deliver results and possess a strong drive to meet and exceed goals and is willing to take ownership of problems and make sound decisions.
  • Team Leadership: Demonstrates ability to align and motivate a team to achieve objectives including financial results, timely and accurate reporting, transparency, and controls. You will lead, attract, train & develop a team of highly capable skilled finance professionals to support the Commercial business.
  • Change Leadership: The candidate will be an independent self-starter and a proactive leader with a drive to strive for continuous improvement and consistently challenging the status quo. Will be viewed by business partners and Finance colleagues as a thought leader with strong, influencing capabilities, who can also maintain open and transparent communication channels.



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