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Director, Medical Affairs COVID-19 and Emerging Viruses

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Jun 1, 2024

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Clinical, Medical Affairs, Science/R&D
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Director, Medical Affairs COVID-19 and Emerging Viruses
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.

Making an impact on a global scale
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

Reporting to the lead of the Global COVID-19 and Emerging Viruses (EV) team, this role is a leadership position within the Medical Affairs organization, responsible for developing and driving the Global Medical Affairs Research Plan for COVID-19 and EV. The key functions of this role will be to collaborate with internal and external customers involved in Emerging Viruses, specifically COVID-19, including the Foster City Medical Affairs team, the US Medical Affairs team, Scientific Communications, Medical Affairs Research, Commercial Strategy, Marketing, Value and Market Access, Clinical Research, Clinical Development, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Contracts/Finance, Pharmacology, Legal, and the field-based Medical Scientists.

Specific Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrate deep subject matter expertise regarding Gilead COVID-19/EV, clinical trials and clinical use, and other pipeline agents, and competitive products.

  • Develop strategies and implementation plans to define and address unmet research and medical needs within the patient populations affected

  • Direct and manage one or more Gilead colleagues on the Global COVID-19/EV team

  • Lead or facilitate cross-functional teams in the development of Integrated Evidence Plans and Data Generation Plans

  • Support COVID-19/EV data generation activities through:

    o Critical review of global investigator-sponsored research, Ph 3b and Ph4 study proposals as a member or chair of Medical Affairs research committees

    o Review abstracts and/or manuscripts

    o Communicate Gilead's commitment to scientific excellence in COVID-19/EV through research and education

  • Prepare presentation materials and present scientific data at internal meetings and external advisory boards

  • Serve as an information resource and trainer to Gilead colleagues, medical educational stakeholders, grants partners, and Gilead-sponsored/collaborative study investigators

  • Provide medical and scientific leadership and support at key scientific meetings involving COVID-19/EV

  • Provide strategic input to Global Medical Affairs Plan and Regional Medical Affairs Plans (POAs)

  • Serve on Independent Medical Education (IMED) Committee to review and give medical perspective on IMED proposals

  • Oversee medical and scientific review of promotional materials for PRC

  • Other activities, as assigned, to support COVID-19/EV Medical Affairs

    Essential Skills:

  • Ability to think strategically and translate that strategy into an actionable work plan

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal, relationship-building and negotiating communication skills

  • Experience and comfort presenting scientific information in educational forums

  • Excellent organizational skills to support project planning across multiple activities, anticipate and prioritize workload

  • Excellent teamwork skills. Organized; attention to detail and able to meet timelines in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; demonstrated ability to identify and understand complex issues and problems and identify and query key findings from study data and publications

  • Experience in clinical patient care (general or subspecialty, specifically Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, or Critical Care Medicine) is highly desirable.

  • Experience in developing effective abstracts, manuscripts, posters and slides and presenting at scientific meetings

  • Must be fully cognizant and adhere to regulatory and legal (Business Conduct) requirements for clinical trials and other Medical Affairs activities; thorough knowledge of FDA regulations, ICH guidelines and GCPs governing the conduct of clinical trials

  • Able to work with a level of autonomy and independence

    Required Experience:

  • PharmD., D.O., or Ph.D. (biological or pharmaceutical sciences) and 2+ years clinical experience; MS with 8 years of relevant experience or BS with 10 years of relevant experience

  • Industry experience in Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, or Research or success in a similar role outside of the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.

    Gilead Core Values:

  • Integrity (Doing What's Right)

  • Teamwork (Working Together)

  • Excellence (Being Your Best)

  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)

    The salary range for this position is: $237,660.00 - $307,560.00. 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*.

    For additional benefits information, visit:

    * 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.

  • Company

    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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