Associate General Counsel (Senior Director) Global Oncology

Foster City
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September 23 2021
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Associate General Counsel (Senior Director) Global Oncology Head of Global Therapeutics Areal Legal Attorney
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

Specific Responsibilities

The Global Oncology Head attorney is responsible for providing legal support on a broad range of legal and compliance issues in a fast-paced environment with innovative oncology products. The GTAL team is a critical member of Gilead's Global functions: the primary clients for this role include personnel in Commercial, Medical Affairs, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Finance, Regulatory, and Clinical Research. This legal team works closely with colleagues in Compliance, Privacy, US Pricing & Access, Competition Law, Regulatory and other groups to ensure the compliant commercialization of our products. The attorney will be expected to collaborate with attorneys in our International Legal, Pricing and Access, Competition Law, Intellectual Property and other legal functions.

The Global Oncology Head provides legal and compliance input into global strategies and tactics, drives alignment and consistency across our international affiliates, and is directly responsible for providing legal support for activities in the United States. Broadly speaking, the role is responsible for oversight of communications about our products and interactions with stakeholders such as healthcare professionals, patients, charitable organizations and third parties retained by our Oncology business in the United States and supporting globally directed initiatives. The Global Oncology Head would also conduct, assist and/or provide input into our compliance policies, training, monitoring, auditing, communications, enforcement, and defense of investigations. The role requires a technically strong and pragmatic lawyer with a track-record as a successful business partner and effective cross-functional operator who is also able to demonstrate professional objectivity and independence when necessary.

Lastly, the Global Oncology Head is responsible for managing two attorneys who support Oncology: one will be based in the US supporting the US Oncology Marketing Team, and the other will be based in the UK supporting the European-based affiliate.

The role is based is based in Foster City, California, reporting to the Senior Associate General Counsel-Head of the Global Therapeutic Area Support in the Commercial Legal Department. This role is currently remote while the Company's offices remain closed due to the pandemic.

Essential Duties and Job Functions
  • Provide prompt guidance and approval to the various Oncology Indication Leadership Team, and any related sub-teams on various Commercial and Medical Affairs' global strategic activities and documents.

  • Acting as a point-of-contact between the Oncology Indication Leadership Team and key affiliates' legal counsels related to projects and activities, specifically coordinating with such counsels to help ensure alignment and understanding of the global initiatives.

  • Collaborating with Public Affairs and Government Affairs on global /cross-border initiatives to help ensure alignment and consistency with Gilead's policies and procedures.

  • Partnering with the Global Leads for other therapeutic areas to ensure alignment and consistency in the advice provided to their respective Indicational Leadership Teams.

  • Partnering with the Global Compliance Team to provide insights into Training and Monitoring, as well as, with Risk Assessments/Anti-Bribery-Anti-Corruption, and Value and Access to coordinate our global efforts.

  • Managing a talented team of brand attorneys based in the United States and Stockley Park.

  • Have a Juris Doctorate from an internationally recognized accredited law school.
  • Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, or ability to acquire status of Registered In-House Counsel from the California Bar, or equivalent.
  • 8-10 years prior in-house or law firm experience providing legal counsel on the laws and regulations relating to drugs or devices, demonstrating growth and ability to succeed.
  • Knowledge of the US Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, HIPAA, privacy-laws, advertising laws and regulatory guidances, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other government regulation of pharmaceutical products OR similar laws internationally is require, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other relevant anti-bribery laws, guidance on Patient-Focused Drug Development activities, and legal contract principles.
  • Must have demonstrated high EQ and client-service orientation; able to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients.
  • Must have demonstrated skills, depth and expertise depending in area(s) of responsibility.
  • Must have experience managing and leading a legal team with vision and demonstrated commitment to excellence.
  • Have exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Skills Required
  • Operates at a high level of autonomy and who has proven that he or she is able to very competently lead a complex area of responsibility or department that requires significant experience.
  • Has proven judgment in working through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to the company. Developing ability to apply judgment to areas outside of core competency.
  • Leadership and project management in crossfunctional projects, and willingness to take initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized


  • This position requires demonstration of Gilead's core values: Teamwork, Accountability, Inclusion, Excellence and Integrity

  • This position requires working within a team extensively and accordingly, the ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others is critical. You must possess strong interpersonal skills, EQ, professionalism and the ability to work well with a variety of different personalities to be successful in this role.

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    Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S. employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

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