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Executive Director, HRBP- U.S. Commercial

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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May 3, 2024

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Executive Director, HRBP- U.S. Commercial
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. 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.

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

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At Gilead, we're creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we've tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer - working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world's biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

Every member of Gilead's team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we're looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact.

We believe every employee deserves a great leader. People Leaders are the cornerstone to the employee experience at Gilead and Kite. As a people leader now or in the future, you are the key driver in evolving our culture and creating an environment where every employee feels included, developed and empowered to fulfil their aspirations. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

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, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to increase access to its medicines for people who can benefit from them, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

Executive Director, HR Business Partner (HRBP) - U.S. Commercial

Position Description:

Reporting to the VP of Global Commercial Human Resources, the ED & HRBP U.S. Commercial will be accountable for being the Lead HR Business Partner to the SVP, U.S. Commercial, who is responsible for a P&L of $19B and an organization of ~1100 FTEs, across the therapeutic areas of HIV, Liver/COVID, and Oncology. This leader would also provide cross-functional leadership for the broader U.S. Commercial HR organization which comprises HR Business Partners in this leader's direct supervisory organization, plus partnership with the HR Centers of Expertise (Talent Acquisition, Talent Development & Inclusion, Total Rewards, Employee Relations), and HR Shared Services. This matrix leadership will require this leader to interface effectively with the relevant global HR leaders/teams to maximize both global and local opportunities.

This leader will be responsible for driving the planning and execution within U.S. Commercialization, aligned to Enterprise and U.S. level business and HR priorities. This leader will work cross-functionally across the broader Gilead to provide strategic direction and management to continue to build a strong One U.S. Commercial HR team and create a high-performance working culture so that the business achieves its ambitious performance objectives and people strategies keep pace.

The position will be based in Foster City, California

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizational Development. Partner with clients in planning and implementation of workforce strategies and thoughtful changes in organizational structure or processes to support growth in current and expansion markets. Drive organizational effectiveness and thoughtful change management.
  • Strategic Advisor. Serve as integrated part of the business, working with and advising leaders to accomplish broader strategic objectives. Partner with functional leaders to understand how they can better develop and support U.S. Commercial's operating model and how they might consider realigning organization structures, resource plans, and processes to optimize effectiveness and efficiencies.
  • Talent Acquisition, Management and Engagement. Serve as a strategic business partner with Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, and Global Mobility to support efforts to attract, develop and retain the best talent. Analyze talent data to recommend solutions to improve performance, retention, engagement, and employee experience. Drive comprehensive talent management, critical capability builds, development planning, and key succession planning.
  • Team Effectiveness & Engagement. Support the build of high-performing teams through chartering and effectiveness activities. Partner on feedback loops to identify pain points and areas for improvement in ways of working. Assist with clarifying roles and responsibilities as needed.
  • Talent Development & Inclusion. Drive leadership and manager capability development. Encourage utilization of resources to improve talent and career development. Partner in building and embedding Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) strategies.
  • HR Programs & Services. Partner to ensure seamless delivery of enterprise HR programs. Identify the need for HR programs or strategies to support business goals. Develop and conduct presentations on HR subjects as needed.
  • Employee Relations. Partner with Employee Relations to build strong performance management capabilities and address employee issues. Work with people managers and employees to address employee relations issues ensuring a balanced perspective.
  • People Leadership. Lead a small team of HR professionals, providing effective coaching and feedback, creating an inclusive team, and investing in their career development. Foster cross-functional teamwork as well as a respectful culture based on Gilead's Core Values and Leadership Commitments. Provide motivational leadership through personal example and by forming and leading a highly motivated and energetic HRBP leadership team.


  • A minimum of 14+ years of relevant experience in HR particularly HR business partner experience with in-depth knowledge of HR practices and with some experience in more than one HR function along with a bachelor's degree or 12 years of relevant experience with a master's degree. Advanced degree preferred, with an emphasis in HR or Business
  • Strong track record of serving as a strategic HR partner for senior executives, HR leaders, and employees at all levels, preferably in life sciences, healthcare, or pharma/biotech.
  • Strong track record of developing solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems.
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to translate business objectives into talent priorities through data driven analysis and clear decision making.
  • Strong leadership competencies, demonstrating accountability for coaching, developing, progressing and retaining employees while ensuring an inclusive work environment.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and independently determine and take appropriate action.
  • Excellent active listening skills that encourage employee trust
  • Professional and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong influence, conflict management and resolution skills
  • Able to develop solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems, which require an in-depth degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.
  • Proficient knowledge of employment laws, principles, policies, and procedures
  • Experience working across different geographies and international markets, preferably in a matrixed environment requiring strong collaboration with leaders and HR partners in other countries.
  • Some travel will be required. Candidates should anticipate up to 10-15% of time spent travelling.
  • Role model for Gilead core values, leadership commitments, and ways of working.

The salary range for this position is: $274,635.00 - $355,410.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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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 for assistance.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'Know Your Rights' poster.



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.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.



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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