Head of IT- R&D/Medical Affairs, & PDM

Foster City
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March 12 2021
Other, Other
Full Time

Head of IT- R&D/Medical Affairs, & PDM
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

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Head of IT Research & Development/Medical Affairs and Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing (IT R&D PDM)

Specific Responsibilities & Skills
The Head of IT R&D PDM will report directly to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and be responsible for overseeing functions including:
  • Business Partnership: Serve as IT counterpart to Research, Development, Medical Affairs, and Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing business organizations and support their mission to accelerate research to release processes to provide Gilead therapies and meet patient needs. Understand the value drivers of the business and ensure IT solutions are scalable and can expand to support new therapeutic areas while taking into account innovation and cost to serve.
  • Domain Expertise: Partner with senior leadership to create technology strategy that supports Research area to enable discovery and pre-clinical development of small molecule and biologics drugs, and their clinical development to address unmet medical need. This includes the External Innovation approach of enabling successful, strategic partnerships, to accelerate discovery of transformational medicines. Provide insight that will allow Development and Medical Affairs to discover, develop and commercialize therapeutics that advances patient care and help maximize patient benefit. Have an understanding of the practical application of systems to manage Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) activities from throughout the product lifecycle for small molecule and biologic products in all therapeutic areas to include Supply Chain and Serialization controls.
  • Technology Standardization and Strategy: Support platform decisions, implement automation, improve user satisfaction and drive for operational efficiencies to obtain measured business value. Support strategies to invest in cloud-first business architecture. Deliver scalable and flexible solutions to meet unanticipated business demand. Continuously invest in innovation to incubate new opportunities requested by business partners in support of the Strategic Technology Council investment and reduce cost to serve through careful consideration of technology investments.
  • Global Vision: Able to synthesize customer needs and challenges presented by multiple competing capabilities to include Clinical Drug Development, Medical Affairs, multiple commercial manufacturing sites/contractor manufacturers, supply chain activities (Clinical and Commercial), Quality/Regulatory Assurance and product serialization processes.
  • IT as a Business Value Driver: Supports the ongoing development, coordination, and execution of the integrated IT strategy including labor, investment choices, organizational priorities, and scorecards and dashboards as well as ensures governance and the definition of IT ways of working.

Essential Duties and Job Functions
General responsibilities for this position will include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Collaborate with business partners to identify future business needs and prioritize resources/effort on evolving capabilities from Research to Release of Gilead therapies
  • Manage and lead international team through thoughtful performance management and individualized career development plans based on individual needs and corporate strategy
  • Implement R&D PDM Capability Strategy to support business process improvements and deliver tangible efficiencies
  • Enhance business value through collaborative identification of business needs
  • Serve as primary point of engagement with Business Partners on requirements definitions. Participate on business strategy and capabilities as intake for PMO & Technology Roadmap
  • Develop Business Cases for Ideation and Project Prioritization.
  • Deliver on portfolio investments and ensure Business Value/Outcomes are realized based on prioritized business needs
  • Ensure governance and executive sponsorship across business units
  • Ensure necessary business processes are documented and business ownership is available for projects and ongoing compliance activities
  • Establish Business Domain Architecture and partner with business to establish Analytics Strategy and collaborate with Development of Business Solutions
  • Leverage key strategic commercial platforms as the foundation for delivering global business outcomes
  • Optimize organizational focus on core capabilities and leverage partners to provide high value services
  • Embed and measure user experience and value realization in every stage of investment decisions
  • Create insight based high quality customer experience
  • Provide robust content and easy to use, personalized engagement
  • Manage cost center and innovation investments and drive for cost to serve efficiencies
  • Enable advanced digital capabilities

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • 15 or more years in IT and business/industry
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of leadership responsibilities
  • Expert experience in relevant platforms (ERP, Product Lifecycle Management, Quality/Regulatory, Medical Affairs)
  • Experience in business/industry (beyond IT), managing cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders

Knowledge and Skills
  • Strong leadership capability, executing as appropriate in the areas of responsibility
  • Expertise in budget planning, financial management, and workforce management
  • Broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies, technology directions and strategic application to business needs including the ability to differentiate between a relevant trend and hype
  • Ability to improve operational efficiency, service delivery, and information management across the IT organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technology solutions in business terms, establish rapport and persuade others

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact careers@gilead.com for assistance.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

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