Director, Global Medical Affairs Oncology, Solid Tumors (Breast Cancer) Foster City, CA

Foster City
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August 11 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
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Director, Global Medical Affairs Oncology, Solid Tumors (Breast Cancer) Foster City, CA
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.

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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.

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Director, Global Medical Affairs Oncology, Solid Tumors (Breast Cancer)

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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For more information please visit

We have an exciting opportunity within our Global Medical Affairs team for a Director, Medical Affairs within Oncology. While Breast Cancer medical activities including medical affairs clinical studies, will be a key responsibility in this role, the incumbent may also support other solid tumors. This role will be office-based in our headquarters in Foster City, CA.

Specific Job Requirements:

  • Leads Medical Affairs activities in the assigned indications including those related to clinical studies led by Medical Affairs

  • Collaborates with project management, R&D, medical communications, and commercial teams in multiple areas including publication planning, evidence generation plan, data gap analysis, speaker education programs, reviews of manuscripts/abstracts/conference presentations, conference preparation, advisory boards, and investigator meetings.

  • Regular communication with the Gilead Medical Scientist (MS) team to remain abreast of issues in the field and to provide medical education, support, and direction to them.

  • Serves as Medical Affairs Representative on global development project teams

  • Provides medical and scientific input on Independent Medical Education, Grants, Investigator-Sponsored Research, Collaborative Research, and Promotional Review Committee

  • Working with Executive Director and Vice President on the early development of a variety of projects, he/she provides independent thought and initiative in the further development of specific projects and ensuing presentations and reports.

  • Manages projects to completion, anticipating obstacles and difficulties that may arise, resolving them in a collaborative manner.

  • Attends major conferences and helps coordinate medical affairs activities at conferences and may present to an external audience.

  • Responsible for the development and execution of projects that will provide more extensive background, additional data/answers to questions in response to issues relative to commercial, scientific, or data needs.

  • Serves as Medical Affairs Lead on select scientific issues/topics using expertise to develop global scientific messages, inform strategy, create/update slide decks, and review Medical Information response documents.

  • Collaborates with Executive Director to develop global Plan of Action and ensure alignment of team activities.

    Specific Knowledge, Education, and Experience Requirements

  • The ideal candidate will be an MD, DO, Ph.D. or PharmD, with 7+ years of clinical and/or research experience in oncology therapeutic area.

  • Prior Global or large affiliate experience in medical affairs activities preferred

  • Industry experience with knowledge of all applicable regulatory and legal requirements for Medical Affairs activities is preferred.

  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, interpersonal, relationship-building, and negotiating communication skills

  • Excellent analytical skills demonstrated ability to identify and understand complex issues and problems and identify and query key findings from study data and publications

  • Organized; attention to detail and ability to meet timelines in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience in developing effective abstracts, manuscripts, posters, and slides and presenting at scientific meetings

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and effectively prioritize workload

  • Ability to suggest solutions for issues encountered with clinical studies and other projects in the area of responsibility

  • Must be able to work with a level of autonomy and independence

  • Prior supervisory/leadership experience preferred.

  • Ability to travel to domestic and international conferences which will include occasional weekend travel is required. (25% expected)

    Display of Gilead Core Values:

  • Integrity (Doing What's Right)

  • Teamwork (Working Together)

  • Excellence (Being Your Best)

  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)

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