Executive Director, Global Patient Safety Therapeutic Area Head - Inflammation

Foster City
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September 14 2021
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Executive Director, Global Patient Safety Therapeutic Area Head - Inflammation
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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Position Overview:

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Head of Global Patient Safety, the Executive Director, Global Patient Safety Therapeutic Area Head will be responsible and accountable for the definition and execution of the worldwide pharmacovigilance strategy for all investigational and marketed products in the Inflammation Therapeutic Area. The TA Head will lead broadly in a cross-functional and multi-cultural environment and leverage extensive scientific and pharmacovigilance experience to represent Global Patient Safety in discussions with senior leadership, Executive Management and regulatory authorities and lead benefit/risk efforts for the Inflammation therapeutic area across the company.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Thinking:
  • Sets the overall safety strategy for the Inflammation therapeutic area within Global Patient Safety with input from Research, Clinical Research, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Legal and Commercial functions
  • Understands the competitive landscape within the Inflammation therapeutic area, including having a perspective on how clinical practice and patient needs are evolving as well as therapeutic area trends and their relevance to the Gilead portfolio
  • Provides pharmacovigilance oversight, strategic and technical guidance in discussions with teams in support of due diligences for potential in-licensing activities, external collaborations and acquisitions
  • Offers scientific oversight in assessment of benefit/risk profile of all Gilead products within Inflammation therapeutic area

Influence and Partnership:
  • Establishes and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with Research, Development, Business Development, and Commercial stakeholders
  • Establishes and maintains an external network including relationships with the innovation community, medical and scientific organizations, governmental bodies and patient organizations
  • Leads benefit/risk discussions and decision making for Inflammation therapeutic area in a collaborative and cross-functional manner involving Clinical, Commercial, and other functions within Gilead
  • Identifies opportunities and sources of innovation within Patient Safety
  • Sets the expectation for and models a collaborative and enterprise mindset

Delivery Excellence:
  • Strives for continuous education and awareness of the organization on any relevant benefit/risk developments for the Inflammation therapeutic area
  • Ensures that pharmacovigilance actions are aligned with disease area strategies and appropriate activities are prioritized
  • Facilitates efforts across Development and is accountable for the technical execution of pharmacovigilance projects and deliverables within the Inflammation therapeutic area
  • Owns the operational direction for the Inflammation safety therapeutic area within the Development organization, which includes responsibility for medical safety aspects of clinical studies such as protocol design, benefit/risk assessment, signal detection and management and medical monitoring of post-authorization studies
  • Champions initiatives that contribute to global process improvements
  • Develops teams and provides mentorship to enable project teams to embrace pharmacovigilance initiatives and strategic remits

  • Thinks creatively and brings innovative solutions to the Inflammation therapeutic area
  • Identifies and leverages advances in pharmacovigilance where appropriate, such as use of real-world data, analytics, and innovative trial designs to support signal detection and management

People Development:
  • Develops others by identifying and mentoring high performers and building a culture of inclusion and collaboration throughout the organization
  • Delegates responsibility and empowers others

  • Maintains a culture of rigorous data-driven decision making that rewards truth-seeking behavior
  • Encourages employees to exercise good judgement and embrace decision making
  • Empowers capable individuals to be accountable decision-makers; Closely partners with other senior leaders to develop strategies in close alignment with business objectives across the Inflammation therapeutic area

  • Advocates on behalf of Gilead and effectively communicates complex medical/clinical concepts in written and oral communication to internal and external stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications:
  • MD degree with relevant residency and/or fellowship training
  • 10+ years of global biopharmaceutical drug development and pharmacovigilance experience over the entire product lifecycle
  • Extensive pharmacovigilance experience in a global environment
  • Prior leadership experience in a safety therapeutic area and broad R&D global functional experience and understanding
  • Credibility and reputation to attract and retain top talent with a history of creating teams that can thrive in a fast-paced, matrixed environment
  • Ability to create and fulfill a vision in a matrix environment and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders across different functions
  • Strong medical safety science skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills that facilitate collaboration across functions to reach consensus on safety topics

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