Director, Biostatistics - Oncology

Foster City
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August 24 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Director, Biostatistics - Oncology
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

Position location:

This position can be based in:

Foster City, CA or Seattle, WA or Morris Plains, NJ

(Remote will also be considered)

Position Overview:

The Biostatistics function at Gilead works collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to ensure appropriate design, statistical analysis and reporting of Gilead clinical data in efficiently achieving regulatory, scientific and business objectives. The Director will be primarily responsible for the business, operational, and compliance aspects of Oncology drug discovery, development, and marketed products at Gilead. He/she will support oncology late stage development, working collaboratively for the development plans, regulatory interactions, and HTA/commercial evaluation of a Gilead Oncology compound in one or more indications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide Statistical leadership to late-stage oncology clinical trials: developing trial design options and providing high quality decision support.
  • Statistical lead for a specific oncology molecule/indication in Health Authority interactions and maintain an accountability thread to TA head
  • Works collaboratively with Statistical Programmers, Biostatisticians, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Data Managers and other Clinical, Global Drug Safety, Regulatory and Project Management staff to meet project deliverables and timelines for statistical data analysis and reporting
  • Directs internal and external teams across multifunctional project or functional areas, leads initiatives to gather, organize, and analyze data from different sources such as virology, Case Report Forms, and patient tracking, works with management and Human Resources to satisfy short-term staffing needs, defends statistical aspects with regulatory agencies, develops staff capabilities, and recognizes/rewards desired performance
  • Is expected to oversee and contribute to the completion of all technical and operational statistical activities for a group of clinical trials for a compound/indication or equivalent through management of internal and external resources
  • Leads two or more components of departmental strategic initiatives

Education & Experience

  • 12 years + (Bachelors); 10+ years (Masters); 8+ years (PhD) of statistical analysis experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry (or at a CRO)
  • Industry experience in the statistical analysis of biomedical data using statistical software
    Extensive hands-on experience in oncology drug development including design and analysis of phase 3 oncology trials and active participation in NDA/BLA filing through label negotiation
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are required
  • Examines functional issues from a broader organization perspective
  • Proven ability to determine the functions most critical to company success and to support priorities within functional area
  • Anticipates obstacles and difficulties of clients and acts to meet goals
  • Proven ability to pull together and lead highly effective teams and create a clear sense of direction
  • Proven ability to design and use all available vehicles for effective scientific communication within and outside the company

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