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Associate Director Medical Affairs

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City
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Associate Director Medical Affairs
Italy - Milan

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

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Associate Director Medical Affairs to join the medical affairs team for Oncology, Italy. The focus of the role will be on the advanced development compound Magrolimab , the first approved indication of which is expected to be Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

The Associate Director will execute the medical strategy in Italy. This role requires very close collaboration with national and international colleagues from the extended cross-functional team. The role is office-based in Milan and requires national and international travel (including internal meetings and external scientific conferences) once travel restrictions are eased. The position will report to the Country Medical Director.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Plans and develops the Medical Affairs strategy in the Therapeutic Area and executes Medical Affairs activities and scientific projects based on the medical strategy and Plan of Action, in close collaboration with other medical team members.

  • Provides leadership to the Medical Affairs team in the Therapeutic Area, without formal line management responsibility.

  • Provides medical leadership in the cross-functional brand and launch team.

  • Develops and conducts medical education and communication activities, including digital, face-to-face, and print.

  • Is involved in scientific publication activities.

  • Is a key company representative to groups of experts, medical professional groups, societies, patient representatives, regulatory groups, and represents the company at national and international scientific meetings.

  • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with external medical experts locally and internationally, including academic societies.

  • Plans and conducts Advisory Boards as needed to obtain insights.

  • Presents scientific and clinical data in a variety of different settings.

  • Works collaboratively with Gilead personnel in European affiliates, Global Medical Affairs, Clinical Research, Marketing, Market Access, Sales, Regulatory Affairs, Drug Safety, Public and Government Affairs.

  • Supports the generation of scientific data through collaboration with the Gilead personnel in R&D and Clinical Operations, site support in clinical trials, and by developing local clinical trials including study protocols, as needed.

  • Is responsible for supporting and coordinating Investigator Sponsored Trials - including collaboration with investigators and internal Gilead personnel.


  • Advanced scientific degree (i.e. MD, PharmD, PhD)

  • Excellent clinical and scientific understanding of oncology, preferably oncoheamatology and solid tumours. Experience in MDS is preferable.

  • At least 5 years pharmaceutical company experience with a minimum of 3 years within Medical Affairs, with product launch experience

  • Ability to embrace Gilead's leadership commitments and patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards

  • Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, in Italian and English, along with the ability to understand, analyse and communicate medical concepts in a clear and concise way.

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills

  • Ability to successfully navigate fast and dynamic situations where there is ambiguity, uncertainty, and change

  • Works independently with minimal supervision

  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization

  • Proven ability to work in a cross-functional matrix

  • Experience of working in an international environment

    The ideal candidate will also be able to display engagement and commitment to the Gilead Core Values, which are:

  • Teamwork - Working together

  • Excellence - Being your best

  • Accountability - Taking personal responsibility

  • Integrity - Doing what's right

  • Inclusion - Encouraging Diversity

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
    It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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