SVP, Global Medical Affairs

Foster City
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July 26 2021
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SVP, Global Medical Affairs
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

Based in our global headquarters in Foster City, CA, the SVP, Global Medical Affairs will report to the Chief Medical Officer and be accountable for the development and execution of the global Medical Affairs strategy along with accountability for all operations and activities supporting commercial launches of Gilead products around the world. The individual will also lead the rapid expansion and development of a best in class Medical Affairs organization to support the growth of the Gilead drug portfolio.

The SVP will partner with leaders from across Gilead and specifically within the functions Development, Research, Global Commercial Product Strategy (GCPS), corporate strategy, public affairs and government affairs, legal/compliance, and other executive leadership to develop and execute the strategies for Medical Affairs that support Gilead products around the world.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Leadership: Organizes, builds, manages and motivates a large, global organization of over 800 employees; challenges conventional thinking in order to explore new ideas and encourages those around to do the same; supports the team to anticipate, plan and adapt to a changing environment; seeks and acts on feedback, maintains openness to others' suggestions to improve productivity; creates an environment where others feel empowered and accountable; is a role model exemplifying Gilead's Core Values
  • Delivery Excellence: Leads the Global Medical Affairs function supporting the commercial launch of Gilead products within the global marketplace and support of marketed products. Oversees medical affairs strategy that supports product's lifecycle from investigational new drug (IND) to loss of exclusivity (LOE), including lifecycle extension activities
  • Strategic Thinking: Defines the medical strategy and guides the development of global medical affairs plans that focus on maximizing the probability of product success and launch while balancing risk and maintaining compliance; Prioritizes key medical affairs issues for Gilead and oversees the development of a strategy and plan that prepares for futures success of Gilead products. Provides input to and aligns with commercial brand plans
  • Influence and Partnership: Forms strong, collaborative partnerships with other Gilead functional leaders to plan, execute, and troubleshoot global medical affairs programs; Partners with R&D, Commercial and Public Affairs, and other functions to provide early insight and feedback to influence decisions that facilitate the product approval, launch and support process; Partners with other industry leaders, where appropriate, to address macro issues affecting the industry; Understands industry best practices and medical affairs requirements that affect benefit-risk evaluations. Partners across the Development organization to establish and ensure healthcare compliance
  • Patient Centricity: Strong focus on leading the Medical Affairs organization to put patients first in all that we do, add value for patients and their families, and engages patients in our medical affairs and development programs

Additional Responsibilities:
  • Innovation: Keeps current with advances in medical affairs strategies and approaches and overall drug development; Actively monitors how competitors are developing and executing medical affairs strategy and looks for novel ways for Gilead to apply these learnings; Seeks opportunities to utilize data and technology to enhance decision-making and operations
  • People Development: Attracts industry-leading talent and grows leaders; Develops others by identifying and mentoring high performers and building a culture of inclusion and collaboration throughout the organization; Delegates responsibility and empowers others
  • Decision-making: Guides and leads in a cross-functional organization to partner and work effectively with all aspects of R&D, including Research, Clinical Development, Commercial, and Program Management; Maintains current knowledge of the medical affairs environment by reviewing and implementing current policies/practices where appropriate
  • Communication: Advocates on behalf of Gilead and our partners and effectively communicates complex medical affairs concepts in both written and oral communication to internal and external stakeholders
  • Compliance: Responsible for implementing compliant systems and processes and medical governance of all medical affairs activities

Capabilities and Requirements:
  • Extensive medical affairs experience and a strong command of the evolving global medical affairs environment. In particular, experience:
    • leading KOL collaboration and engagement
    • driving efficiency of medical information and communication
    • managing scientific communications and medical education
    • directing evidence generation and outcomes research
    • building digital technology systems and processes for medical affairs processes
  • Considerable experience having successfully led and supported global, commercial drug launches within medical affairs across multiple therapeutic areas
  • Played an active role in creating, shaping and influencing medical affairs policy and process
  • Strong ability to create and fulfill a vision in a matrix environment having worked collaboratively with internal stakeholders across different functions
  • Proven ability to develop strong external relationships with key stakeholders, including physicians, collaborative networks, patient advocacy groups, etc.
  • Proven ability to build strong internal partnerships, especially with Commercial Operations and Clinical Development colleagues
  • Extensive organizational design and optimization experience to support an expanding drug portfolio
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate between business leaders, scientists and technologists
  • Credibility and reputation within the Medical Affairs profession externally in order to attract and retain top talent with a history of creating teams that can thrive in a fast-paced, matrixed environment
  • Proven leadership, collaboration, relationship building, and interpersonal skills

Education and Qualifications:
  • MD preferred; will also consider PharmD, or PhD
  • 15+ years of biopharmaceutical drug development and medical affairs experience
    • Broad experience across multiple biopharmaceutical medical and development functions ( e.g. clinical development, patient safety, etc.) preferred
    • Broad experience in medical affairs across multiple geographies, e.g. USA and Europe preferred
    • Previous experience in a biopharmaceutical company as a country medical director preferred
  • Direct experience working in a globally, matrixed environment interacting with health leaders in a variety of settings and geographies

Gilead Core Values:
  • Integrity (Doing What's Right)
  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)
  • Teamwork (Working Together)
  • Excellence (Being Your Best)
  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. 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.

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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.

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