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Senior Director, Clinical Operations - Oncology Franchise Head

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Jun 13, 2024

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Senior Director, Clinical Operations - Oncology Franchise Head
United States - California - Los AngelesUnited 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.

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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

The Clinical Operations Oncology Franchise Head reports into the Vice President, Oncology Clinical Operations and is a critical leadership role accountable for management of a large group of Clinical Operations professionals (῀ 50 FTEs) and people leaders across a disease area (e.g. Hematology, Lung/GI, Breast/Gyn/GU, Early). The leader will have global scope and accountability across multiple GDTs and SMTs. In addition to setting the Clinical Operations disease area strategy, this role will be accountable for establishing strategic partnerships, developing a TA specific business plan, and employing creative operational solutions to position Gilead as the ClinOps industry leader in a disease area.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Will lead a large team (approx. 30-50 people) and serve as the single point of accountability for establishing the ClinOps Oncology Disease Area Strategy and to enable delivery to planned/accelerated timelines
  • Accountable for portfolio delivery across multiple GDTs and several assets that considers both interna/external competitive landscape, standard of care, accessibility and reimbursement, partnership opportunities, to ensure Gilead is positioned to “win” in Oncology
  • Leadership on joint working groups and steering committees with partner companies (e.g. Arcus Biosciences)
  • Partners closely with corresponding Franchise Heads in Clinical Development, Regulatory, Med Affairs, Project Mgmt, and other key functions to contribute to development plans, DRC presentations, and strategy for scientific conferences/engagement
  • Will be a standing member of the Oncology Clinical Operations Leadership Team and will contribute to the broader Oncology ClinOps Business Plan
  • Creates the ClinOps Oncology disease area strategy and roadmap to ensure Gilead is positioned to deliver flawlessly on its pipeline objectives. Has deep understanding of disease area, biormakers, adaptive trial designs, etc and a proven track record of employing creative solutions to drive acceleration of the portfolio
  • Serves as a talent magnet and will develop, coach, and retain top diverse top talent in the team. Sets clear, stretch goals for the team and individual direct reports. Coaches team on their performance, development and career interests
  • Will drive top quartile performance via implementation of novel partnerships, site networks/cooperative groups/consortia
  • Partners closely with the corresponding Franchise Heads in Clinical Development, Regulatory, and other key functions to develop the disease strategy and to share progress against the therapy area deliverables.
  • Experience leading organizations through change to optimize performance and understanding of how to bring the broader team on the journey
  • Accountable for successful strategies, oversight, and completion of a broad spectrum of clinical operations activities and deliverables for a large portfolio of products, compounds, indications and/or other projects in the assigned therapeutic area
  • Able to forge strong partnerships and provide oversight for the contract research organizations (CROs) and other resources
  • Leads and partners in the development and presentation of the clinical operations' strategy to executive leadership
  • Collaborates with various cross-functional groups to define, oversee and contribute to ongoing lifecycle management of all therapeutic area products
  • Partners with key stakeholders to solve organizational challenges/issues
  • Maintains financial oversight of the assigned group; managing spend as planned and ensuring appropriate communication with other groups
  • Identifies, assigns and oversees development of clinical operations' change and organizational excellence initiatives, including best practices, knowledge management, standardization and SOPs
  • Partners closely with key stakeholders to ensure ClinOps Oncology is positioned to delivery near term regulatory submissions
  • May function as the executive sponsor for oncology preferred vendor relationships
  • Collaborates cross-functionally on due-diligence efforts and assessments for mergers and acquisitions
  • Ensures team's work complies with established practices, policies and processes, and any regulatory or other requirements
  • Champions and role models Gilead Core Values and Leadership Commitments with an appropriate balance of Portfolio Delivery, People Management, and Organizational Excellence/Innovation

Minimum Qualifications:
  • BA / BS / RN with 14 or more years' relevant clinical or related experience in life sciences. Or, MA / MS / PharmD / PhD with 12 or more years' relevant clinical or related experience in life sciences.
  • Extensive experience leading high-complexity cross-functional initiatives in life sciences, including short- and long-range strategic planning, governance, team management and oversight.
  • Experience in oncology and track record of establishing key partnerships/alliances within oncology
  • Extensive line management experience. Typically has multiple years' experience managing other people leaders (with indirect reports). Experience managing teams of >30-50 people
  • Experience on governance committees and management teams for CROs or other vendors.
  • Demonstrated excellence leading large and complex teams in life sciences.
  • Extensive experience interacting with and presenting to executives and managing large-scale budgets and other resources.
  • Proven track record of achieving or exceeding large-scale, complex short- and long-range strategies in life sciences.​

Knowledge & Other Requirements
  • Expert knowledge of pharma and/or biopharma industry, including in-depth understanding of other business functions, as evidenced by proven track record of leading organizations and teams to achieve short- and long-range strategies, plans and objectives
  • Thorough understanding of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and impact on development and execution of clinical trials
  • Thorough knowledge of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), and other applicable national regulations, International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) guidelines, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and key Clinical Operations principles, concepts, practices, standards, processes and tools
  • Proven ability to influence up, down and across the organization and externally in a collaborative manner
  • Strong executive presence with demonstrated influence through leadership both on program teams and organizational initiatives.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of team dynamics
  • Strong communication and organizational skills. Able to distill complex matters into a clear business case and roadmap for execution. Demonstrated ability to align other leaders and garner their commitment and engagement to cross-functional strategies, plans and strategic objectives
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Advanced coaching capabilities to mentor/develop staff
  • Strong track record in effectively conceiving and leading large-scale, complex change initiatives
  • When needed, ability to travel

The salary range for this position is: $216,070.00 - $279,620.00. 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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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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