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Director, Leadership Communications Research, Development and Manufacturing

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City
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Director, Leadership Communications Research, Development and Manufacturing
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

The person in this role will provide communications guidance, strategy and support for Gilead's Research, Development and Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing functions. In close collaboration with the Leadership Communications team and cross functional partners, this person will help create and executive a long-term messaging strategy for Gilead's senior leaders and support ongoing functional communications. This person will also contribute interesting and relevant content for Gilead's internal and external channels to demonstrate the company's commitment to improving human health. Additionally, the Director, Leadership Communications will flex, as needed, to work on cross functional projects with inputs from other functions, such as Human Resources, Commercial, Legal and Corporate Affairs and Finance.

This role reports to the Senior Director, Leadership Communications.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

  • Provide leadership and functional communications guidance and strategy for Gilead's R&D and Manufacturing organizations, including developing content for town halls, all-employee meetings, emails, social media, etc.

  • Develop a deep, intuitive understanding of Gilead's businessas well as the functional areas that this role supportsto provide the best possible strategic counsel to leaders and their teams, and to anticipate their communications needs

  • As a member of the Corporate Communications team, surface interesting stories that support our company narrative and build engagement and passion for Gilead in our employees

  • Consistently stay aware of current and relevant trends in communications, such as person-first and anti-racist language

  • Together with the team, constantly push for new ideas, new platforms, new ways of connecting with employees; understanding what's coming next, bringing these ideas to Gilead and interpreting them in a way that works for our audiences

  • Together with the Sr. Director, Leadership Communications, support senior leaders with internal and external speaking opportunities, including content creation, prep, and providing upward feedback
  • Work closely with the employee engagement team to help leaders build morale and stay connected with their teams
  • Build and maintain networks within Public Affairs, in R&D and Manufacturing, and in other functions to better understand the needs and sentiment of the employee population

    Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree and Twelve Years' Experience OR Masters' Degree and Ten Years' Experience, OR PhD and Eight Years' Experience

  • Expert written communications skills, passion for telling stories well

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills

  • Background in biopharma or science writing preferred

  • Demonstrated executive presence, ability and comfort working with senior leaders
  • Strong track record in employee communications and engagement

  • A knack for navigating ambiguity and making decisions with incomplete information

  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and agencies
  • Ability to manage multiple, high-urgency projects simultaneously; flexibility is essential

  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Understanding of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company

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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.



    Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

    Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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