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Director, Late-Phase Analytical CMC Lead, Biologics Analytical Operations

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Oceanside, CA
Start date
Mar 5, 2023

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Director, Late-Phase Analytical CMC Lead, Biologics Analytical Operations
United States - California - Oceanside

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. Gilead’s 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 company’s five core values. That’s 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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Job Description

Director, Late Phase Analytical CMC Lead, Biologics Analytical Operations,

We are seeking a Director, for our late-phase Analytical Development team in Biologics Analytical Operations (BAO) team. Broad experience in analytical development from early development to commercial launch, filing experience with FDA/EMA, and in-depth technology understanding for biological products are the key in this role, which will expand our rapidly growing Oceanside, CA team. A solid understanding of GMPs and CMC requirements is expected.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Lead the analytical development sub teams for late-stage development programs and coordinate technical aspects including but not limited to risk management, strategic planning and timeline management, in collaboration with the functional areas.
  • Contribute analytical CMC strategies and business practice to the analytical subteam and whole analytical organization
  • Lead integrated cross functional CMC subteams
  • Proactively engage in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to incorporate good practice and industrial trends into analytical development and control strategies.
  • Serve as an analytical representative on pharmaceutical development project teams and provides comprehensive project analysis to senior management.
  • Provide analytical oversight of the external testing site activities and work closely with CXO teams to ensure the timelines and deliverables including protocol/report review and approval, SOW and contract review.
  • Work with regulatory, QC, QA and senior management to ensure all company policies are adhered to and all external manufacturing activities comply with relevant regulations.
  • Perform high level guidance for the analytical documents related to method development/validation, RS qualification, comparability studies, specifications, product characterization, CQA assessment, batch release and stability studies.
  • Design and execute the development plan to support global submissions.
  • Supervise or author analytical related regulatory dossiers and participate in the preparation of regulatory meetings if needed.
  • Support inspection readiness activities and associated health authority inspections.
  • Perform critical data review, design the relevant studies and provide directions for troubleshooting and investigation.
  • Support the outsourcing group for technical evaluations.
  • Work closely with the cross functional groups to achieve the project goals.

Experiences and Skills:
  • Must have experience in leading a team to support analytical development and process development.
  • Must have late stage development knowledge and BLA experience.
  • Broad and direct experience of managing a variety of analytical activities including method development and validation, reference standard, product characterization, comparability and CQA assessments.
  • Proven experience with managing CMO/CRO relationships and projects
  • Practical working knowledge of cGMP; capable of assessing compliance to quality requirements using sound judgment and risk management.
  • Must be familiar with ICH regulations and FDA/EMA requirements and expectations, plus experience with health authority inspections.
  • Be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across cross-functional roles/departments.
  • Be self-motivated and organized, ability to prioritize multiple projects and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Must think critically and creatively and be able to lead the late stage product development and filing.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and technical) and strong interpersonal skills are required.
  • Innovative, proactive, and resourceful; committed to quality and continuous improvement.

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or relevant field with 12+ years of industry experience.

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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.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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