Senior Manager External Manufacturing

Foster City
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October 10 2021
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Senior Manager External Manufacturing
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.

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

['The Senior Manager External Manufacturing is responsible for the supplier relationship and performance management of assigned commercial drug product contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). This position coordinates between all relevant Gilead functions and CMO functions to ensure strategies and supply plans are executed and achieved as planned. This includes driving performance of the strategic relationship under the direction of the department Director and in conjunction with Commercial Manufacturing, Analytical Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, Development and other Gilead functions, as needed. This position will lead the respective CMO Management Teams for assigned CMOs and support implementation and execution of CMO initiatives as part of the larger Gilead CMO governance model. This person will also work with CMO management to measure performance KPIs and drive results and initiatives, and to develop and maintain collaborative relationships.
This position will also support metrics, initiatives, and activities that span Gilead's full commercial drug product CMO network (25+ sites), including but not limited to aggregation and reporting of network performance measures, network spend analysis, network capacity analyses, and department system and process improvements.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Serve as the primary day to day contact to support the relationship between Gilead and assigned CMOs.
  • Manage and mitigate supply issues at CMOs and drive robust supply of product through coordination across commercial functions.
  • Manage external manufacturing activities and relationships. Serve as the day to day internal representative for CMO management at assigned CMOs.
  • Execute strategies that drive effective operational performance and service levels at CMOs. Strong alignment with Supply Chain, Commercial Manufacturing, and Quality is required.
  • Lead initiatives that drive a collaborative and robust relationship and drive alignment between CMOs and Gilead including but not limited to: Business reviews, Performance Metrics, Continuous Improvement projects, and Risk Management.
  • Support and effectively execute CMO Management initiatives and cross functional efforts, processes and strategies to ensure supply performance is achieved, both at the CMO and within Gilead.
  • Utilize analytical tools to identify, quantify, and minimize risks at assigned CMOs
  • Negotiate and manage key CMO agreements (MSAs, SOWs, Supply Agreements, Pricing, etc.)
  • Implement and manage joint operating procedures between Gilead and the supplier/CMO to ensure effective execution.
  • Understand the CMO market and capabilities that are consistent with Gilead's manufacturing requirements. Develop relationships with potential CMOs that support Gilead's future CMO needs
  • Coordinate interdepartmental activities with Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Development and other functions that support commercial supply.
  • Work closely with department management to establish standards and policies that support key CMO/supplier partnerships.
Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
  • BA/BS with 8+ years of relevant experience in a related field or a MBA or MS plus 6+ years of relevant experience in a related field
  • Prior experience managing contract manufacturing highly desirable
  • Prior experience in pharmaceutical operations and cGMP environment(s) highly desirable
  • Ability to influence and work well with others in a proactive and constructive manner.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with all levels of an organization
  • An independent self-starter with the ability to resolve supplier performance challenges and implement process and/or system improvements
  • Ability to develop, analyze, and leverage key metrics to improve overall business performance
  • Proven ability to problem solve, build strong relationships, and to organize effectively
  • Business acumen with an ability to anticipate operational issues and proactively recommend mitigations/solutions
  • Expertise in domestic and international cGMPs
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and to work across multiple multi-national sites and diverse cultures
  • BS degree in related field required. Advanced degree including MBA or MS preferred
  • Familiarity with ERP and supply chain systems a plus
  • Travel required - up to 20%

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About Gilead:
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
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