Senior Director, Oncology Marketing, Opinion Leader Programs (OLP)

Foster City
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January 27 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
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Senior Director, Oncology Marketing, Opinion Leader Programs (OLP)
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

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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe, and Australia. We are committed to transforming the promise of science and technology into therapies that can make a meaningful difference in patients' lives. We are passionate about advancing treatments for - and potentially curing - some of the world's most challenging and complex illnesses and bringing these scientific innovations to people in need. Focus on areas of high unmet needs, including HIV, HBV, HCV, Oncology, Inflammatory & Infectious diseases.

The Senior Director - Oncology Marketing, Opinion Leader Programs (OLP) will:

This is a foundational role in the expansion of the US Oncology marketing team for the growth and launch of TRODELVY (sacituzmab govitecan) in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC), metastatic urothelial cancer (mUC), and hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer (HR+ mBC). The Senior Director (SD) will assume a key leadership role responsible for a multitude of OLP-related activities aimed at preparing the US commercial organization and the external marketplace for these important launches and growth opportunities into a growing business unit for Gilead. The individual who assumes this role will ultimately be responsible for hiring and leading the Oncology OLP team to support the ongoing launch activities.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Oncology Marketing, this role will be responsible for:

Commercial leadership and Cross-functional collaboration in executing the following:



  • Leading & driving the US thought leader engagement planning for TRODELVY across indications
  • Effectively translating scientific, clinical, and market research into actionable commercial activities
  • Leading the development and implementation of a US advisory board plan across national, regional, and community Oncology HCPs
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with key opinion leaders and Oncology medical associations
  • Development and execution of the US Conference plan for national and regional Oncology meetings
  • Building the strategic and operational readiness plans for the expanded mBC and mUC speakers bureaus (nomination, training, content development, and monitoring)
  • Leading the development of Peer to Peer and Speaker Program educational content, such as slide decks and patient cases
  • Coordinating the development of integrated unbranded and branded OLP tactics according to strategy and within agreed-upon budgets
  • Gaining approval for marketing materials through the internal review process to ensure marketing activities follow compliance with regulatory and legal requirements
  • Developing processes for accurate measurement and evaluation of appropriate OLP activities
  • Participating in the annual brand planning process, leading the development of the OLP plan and budget
  • Cultivating relationships, manage, and provides direction and leadership to key agency partners to deliver on key strategic and tactical initiatives within timelines and allocated budget
  • Collaborating with HCP marketing team to ensure alignment of key messages and customer insights
  • Hiring, developing, coaching, managing performance of OLP direct reports
  • Leading or serving as a key commercial member on cross-functional initiatives, often with high visibility within the organization

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree and Fourteen Years' Experience


Masters' Degree and Twelve Years' Experience


PhD and Twelve Years' Experience

Preferred Qualifications:



  • MBA or other advanced degree preferred
  • 10 years of pharmaceutical marketing experience
  • Launch experience in Oncology
  • Leadership/team management with strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with and present to, KOLs
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills with the ability to formulate, develop and execute strategy
  • Ability to gather insights from customer engagements and translate market research findings into actionable insights and tactical plans
  • Ability to understand and communicate clinical data and high-level science
  • Strong capacity to collaborate with and lead cross-functional teams. Must work cooperatively with commercial management, clinical development, medical affairs, field sales leadership, regulatory, compliance, market research, and others
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and effectively managing multiple projects/priorities
  • Prior demonstrated ability to effectively lead agencies and other external partners in aligning and developing tactical plans and promotional materials that are aligned with brand strategy
  • Champion materials through medical, legal, regulatory reviews (promotional review) process
  • Firm command of financial management with an understanding of revenue forecasting and expense budget planning and tracking
  • Travel greater than 30% as dictated by business need, including overnights and attendance at some nighttime and weekend programs

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