Senior Counsel, US Oncology Lead

Foster City
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April 29 2021
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Senior Counsel, US Oncology Lead
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

About us

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Being here matters. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Job description

Gilead Sciences is seeking a Senior Counsel I or Senior Counsel II to join our growing team of brand attorneys in Oncology (we have had Oncology before and previously did have a dedicated oncology attorney but it is only in recent times that we are expanding it again so that we need a dedicated attorney again. The Oncology attorney is responsible for providing legal support in relation to the development and commercialization of Gilead's Oncology portfolio, which includes Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy) and Magrolimab. The primary clients for this role include personnel in Commercial, Medical Affairs, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Finance, Regulatory, and Clinical Research. The Global Therapeutic Area Legal team, where this attorney will sit, works closely with colleagues in Compliance, Privacy, US Pricing & Access, Competition Law, Regulatory and other groups to ensure the compliant commercialization of our products. The attorney will collaborate with attorneys in our International Legal, Pricing and Access, Competition Law, Intellectual Property teams and other legal functions.

The Oncology Business Conduct attorney will provide legal and compliance input into global strategies and tactics, drive alignment and consistency across our international affiliates, and be directly responsible for providing legal support for activities in the United States. Broadly speaking, the role is responsible for oversight of communications about our products and interactions with stakeholders such as healthcare professionals, patients, charitable organizations and third parties retained by our business. The Oncology Business Conduct Attorney will also conduct, assist and/or provide input into our business conduct policies, training, monitoring, auditing, communications, enforcement, and defense of investigations.

The role is based in either Foster City, California or Morris Plains, New Jersey, reporting to the Associate General Counsel, Oncology.

This role requires a person who can identify, communicate, coordinate and manage various issues, projects and initiatives simultaneously and across geographies and cultures. This role also requires a person who can proactively engage stakeholders in advising on legal issues and coming to appropriate resolutions in a timely manner.

Essential Duties and Job Functions
  • Provide prompt guidance and approval to the Oncology Promotional Review Committee, and any related sub-teams on various Commercial and Medical Affairs' global strategic activities and documents.
  • Collaborate with Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Development on U.S. and global-based initiatives to help ensure alignment and consistency with Gilead's policies and procedures.
  • Partner with the Global Compliance Team to provide insights into Training and Monitoring, as well as, with Risk Assessments/Anti-Bribery-Anti-Corruption, and Value and Access to coordinate our global efforts.

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience with biotech oncology agents, including product launch experience and strong understanding of solid tumor cancers and blood borne cancers.

  • Detailed knowledge of the US Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, HIPAA, privacy-laws, advertising laws and regulatory guidances, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other government regulation of pharmaceutical products OR similar laws internationally is required.

  • Familiarity with these additional areas is also helpful: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other relevant anti-bribery laws, guidance on Patient-Focused Drug Development activities, Patient Support Services, and legal contract principles.

  • Demonstrated high EQ and client-service orientation; able to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients.

  • Have exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

  • Operate with a high level of autonomy and competently lead a complex area of responsibility and/or department that requires significant experience.

  • Proven judgment in working through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to a company. Developing ability to apply judgment to areas outside of core competency.

  • Leadership and project management in crossfunctional projects, and demonstrated ability to exercise initiative

    • Juris Doctorate from a nationally accredited law school.
    • Admission to the California or New Jersey state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either within 90 days.
    • 8-10 years prior in-house or law firm experience providing legal counsel on the laws and regulations relating to drugs or devices, demonstrating growth and ability to succeed.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Detail-oriented and well-organized


    This position requires demonstration of Gilead's core values: Teamwork, Accountability, Inclusion, Excellence and Integrity

    This position requires working within a team extensively and accordingly, the ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others is critical. You must possess strong interpersonal skills, EQ, professionalism and the ability to work well with a variety of different personalities to be successful in this role.

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    As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

    For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the EEO is the Law' poster.



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