Associate Director, Public Affairs, Kite Intercontinental Region

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Associate Director, Public Affairs, Kite Intercontinental Region
United Kingdom - London

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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Associate Director, Public Affairs, Kite Intercontinental Region

Associate Director, Intercontinental Public Affairs for Kite is responsible for executing the internal and external communications and advocacy strategies in the Intercontinental region, in alignment with the global Public Affairs team and in support of the region's business priorities. This position will work closely with Kite's Intercontinental leadership team, country business unit directors, other functional leaders and communications leads in South America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. This person will promote, enhance and protect Kite's reputation, enable the Intercontinental business goals and enhance Kite's connection with our patients and community in those markets. The position reports to the Senior Director of International Public Affairs and will be based in Stockley Park, UK.

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal - curing cancer. We are at the forefront of immunotherapy and engineered T cell therapy. Our individualised approach is what sets us apart. Unlike traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing, our therapies are not created on an assembly line. With CAR T-cell therapy, we are reengineering a patient's own immune cells to treat cancer one patient at a time. We also are entering a pivotal time in our history with multiple planned launches and evolving competitive dynamics on a global scale. That means a fast moving, constantly changing environment and innovative culture, where we make discoveries every day - discoveries that include our own capabilities and our individual potential.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop and execute the Intercontinental region's external communications strategy in support of the product portfolio and business objectives, anticipating short-, medium- and long-term needs. Strategy components include media relations, digital, reputation management, issues and crisis management, brand/ therapeutic area communications, corporate communications and content/channel planning.
  • Create and implement an integrated external communications plan ensuring Kite builds relationships with and delivers timely and accurate information to patient advocacy organizations, media and other relevant groups who influence the public discussion about our industry, cell therapy focus and the general healthcare environment.
  • Align with other external facing functions to communicate consistent messaging across policymakers, patient groups, physicians and payers.
  • Cultivate and maintain deep relationships with business press, medical & consumer media, key industry opinion leaders and external stakeholders.
  • Provide key inputs to our internal communications and employee engagement strategy by proactively driving ideas and programs that support culture evolution and an engaged workforce. Help drive communications strategy and execution across Intercontinental geographies.
  • Ensure that Kite's key messaging, narratives and FAQs scale to international teams, and that our culture and values are integrated into our communication efforts and are consistent across channels.
  • Support region, country, and project teams to plan and execute launches, conferences, and other events as needed.
  • Apply data and insights to drive key objectives and establish reputational KPIs for the Intercontinental region.
  • Champion the inclusion of the patient voice among cross-functional projects.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Bachelors degree in a relevant subject preferable.
  • Minimum of 8 years public affairs experience, preferably in healthcare, pharmaceutical or biotech, with experience in international markets.
  • Desire and ability to look ahead, anticipate industry trends, and align with external market factors and internal dynamics.
  • Highly effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to effectively and comfortably interact at all levels. Ability to create factual, relevant and easily understandable talking points and other messaging, and persuasively deliver it to relevant audiences.
  • Seasoned storyteller and business-oriented communicator with a strong belief in Kite's mission.
  • Strong analytical experience having worked in a data driven organization and understands how to apply and measure analytics.
  • Expert in corporate communications with proven experience managing executive and crisis communications, and in the application of digital and social media tools and channels to communications programming.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, effectively analyzing and assessing opportunities and threats.
  • Ability to influence, negotiate with, and effectively persuade others.
  • Effective prioritization skills.
  • Flexible with strong judgment / decision-making skills, and political acumen and awareness.
  • Ability to think critically, process data from multiple sources, forecast potential scenarios, build a course of action, and make recommendations even in ambiguous situations.
  • Maintain highest personal levels of ethical conduct, confidentiality, and integrity, with strongest professional reputation in the industry.
  • Ability to travel to Intercontinental markets as needed.

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system\'s ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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