Associate Director, Medical Affairs, US Oncology and Cell Therapy

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Sep 10, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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 cancer, HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Kite, a Gilead company, is dedicated to achieving one of the most ambitious goals of 21st century medicine: curing cancer. For the past three decades, members of our team have been at the forefront of cancer immunotherapy. Today, Kite is the leader in engineered T cell therapy and is changing the paradigm of cancer treatment.

We have an exciting opportunity within our Medical Affairs team in the US for an Associate Director, Medical Affairs within Oncology and Cell Therapy. This role is office based and may be located either in our headquarters in Foster City, CA or in Kite headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provides local medical expert input into Global Product Development for Oncology/Cell Therapy.
  • Represents the company to groups of experts including medical professionals, societies, and regulatory at scientific meetings.
  • Regular communication is expected with the external medical community to remain abreast of issues in the field and to provide medical support and direction to them.
  • Supports the development of complex clinical and real-world data through clinical trials, database analyses and investigator studies.
  • Contributes to the development of the US medical affairs strategy in coordination with cross-functional teams by defining gaps and potential research and education needs.
  • Develops annual medical affairs tactical plans based on product and disease state.
  • Collaborates with project management, medical communications and commercial teams in multiple areas including publication planning, speaker education programs, regional consultant meetings, data generation, manuscript development and review, development of medical scientist field resources, and conference preparation.
  • Works directly with the Director/Senior Director to plan and develop a variety of projects, and provides independent thought and initiative to further develop specific projects and ensuing presentations and reports.
  • Attends major conferences and helps coordinate medical affairs activities at conferences and may present to external audiences.
  • May serve as the point person for the medical review at Promotional Review Committees.
  • Responsible for the development and execution of projects that will provide more extensive background, additional data or answers to questions in response to issues that arise relative to commercial, scientific or data needs.
  • Manages projects to completion, anticipating obstacles and difficulties that may arise, resolving them in a collaborative manner.

Additional Job Description
  • The ideal candidate will have an MD, PhD or PharmD, with significant industry, clinical and/or research experience in the key or related therapeutic areas.
  • Industry experience (3-5 years) is strongly preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills along with excellent judgment and ability to work in a matrix team environment.
  • Strong presentation skills are also required.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international conferences, which will include occasional weekend travel, is required.



Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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