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Director, Clinical Development (MD) Oncology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City
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Director, Clinical Development (MD) Oncology
United States - New Jersey - Morris Plains

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.

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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

Director, Clinical Development (MD)


Works closely with therapeutic and disease area leaders to set the clinical development strategy for assigned molecules/projects. Typically acts as the Clinical Development Lead on projects for assigned disease areas. Typically owns the Clinical Development Plan and Target Product Profile for assigned products. Typically leads the cross-functional Global Development Team for assigned molecules. MDs at this level act as the physician responsible for assigned studies.


Board certified MD preferred with focus in Oncology/Hematology

Experience Expected:
  • A minimum of 4 - 8 years' Oncology clinical research, development or related experience, preferably gained in the biopharma industry, and dependent upon PharmD/PhD or MD qualifications.
  • Significant experience working on, with and leading cross-functional project/program teams in life sciences
  • Significant experience taking the lead on study concept and protocol design, regulatory filings, clinical publications and presentations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in complex project management and effectively managing multiple clinical project deliverables and priorities through matrix management and leadership.

Functional Knowledge, Business Acumen and Problem Solving:
  • Has an expert-level of knowledge of the assigned disease area, as evidenced by ability to independently lead clinical development for highly complex molecules.
  • Thorough understanding of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and impact on development and execution of clinical trials.
  • Routinely resolves cross-functional problems.
  • Resolves unique challenges and solutions may serve as precedent for other teams or functions.
  • Coaches experienced team members in resolving problems

Project Involvement
  • Typically leads all components of projects for assigned products and/or indications.

  • Typically reports to Senior Director or above.
  • May manage one or more direct reports.( this will be in future state, not current)
  • Provides matrix management and leadership to multiple or larger-scale project teams.
  • Independently develops and recommends the resource plans required to complete own deliverables.

Scope and Strategic Influence:
  • Typically acts as Clinical Development Lead on highly complex projects that enable multiple functions, teams and drug development programs across one or more molecules to achieve drug development objectives within targeted timelines and allocated resources.
  • Routinely represents Clinical Development to leadership teams and/or steering committees and advises on short- and long-range clinical development strategies, key decision-points, trade-offs and risks.

  • Leads highly complex and high-profile projects that enable major Development initiatives to proceed. Errors made at this level may cause failure to achieve major Development objectives for one or more products or indications.

Collaboration and Partnerships:
  • Represents the assigned molecule as needed in health authority interactions.
  • Develops thought leader and other external relationships that can guide short- and long-range clinical development strategies and direction for assigned molecules.
  • Partners with functional leaders to ensure the right strategy, investment and direction to achieve desired outcomes.

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