Director, Project Management

Foster City, CA, US
Nov 18, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Director, Project Management
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.

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Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer, inflammatory and respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular conditions.

The Director, Project Management is responsible for managing one or more highly complex and/or high profile project and/or cross project therapeutic teams. In the Inflammation/Respiratory Disease Therapeutic Area, this could be a project team evaluating a compound across a broad spectrum of inflammatory or respiratory diseases.
  • Works in partnership with project leaders to develop, gain approval, and execute on the project strategy.
  • Co-chairs timely, efficient, and action-oriented Project Team meetings and is responsible for coordinating highly complex team operations and communications.
  • May be responsible for supervising one or more Project Management Associates.
  • Participates in working groups within the Project Management department to resolve highly complex operational issues or improve department processes.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Directs highly complex project communications and ensures that all project customers are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status.
  • Organizes Project Management support for various functional areas on the Project; attends subteam meetings; organizes ad hoc working groups.
  • Organizes the formation of Project Teams and Request for Development (RFD) Teams with leadership of the functional areas, and guides transition of projects between development phases.
  • Manages RFD teams for late stage Research Projects. Provides Project Management support for all RFD activities including the creation, editing and approval of the RFD document.
  • Leads the design, implementation, and update of Project Development Plans which define the scope of project team deliverables.
  • Ensures that Development Plans integrate timing, scope and resources.
  • Authors selected sections of the Development Plan.
  • Ensures project work complies with established practices, policies and processes.
  • Assists in the review and editing of Project Team regulatory documents.
  • May author sections of regulatory, scientific and commercial documents.
  • Collaborates with Project Planning and Analysis to ensure that functional area resources are sufficient to achieve project goals and objectives.
  • Provides leadership to the team and functional areas to anticipate and identify complex project issues which pose a challenge to achieving strategic goals; proposes and implements plans to resolve such issues and execute corrective actions.
  • Contributes to the research, development and commercial project strategies.
  • Represents the Project Team to the Development Committee for major strategic decisions. Organizes preparation of documents for review by the Development Committee.
  • May represent Project Management on Franchise Teams and attend senior management committees as requested.
  • Provides updated project documents and information for quarterly LE budget reviews, quarterly investor relations/Board updates and annual Portfolio Review.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • 12+ years of relevant experience and a BS in science or as a project manager and/or pharmaceutical line manager and/or pharmaceutical functional area scientist or a MS or MBA.
  • Experience should include 7 years of participation in cross-functional project management activities in various stages of development.
  • 6+ years of relevant experience and a PhD in a scientific field or a PharmD, DVM or MD degree.
  • Line management supervisory experience is desirable.
  • A solid scientific background is a must.
  • Previous management of commercial teams
  • Experience should include participation in cross-functional project management activities.
  • Line management supervisory experience is desirable. Must have extensive understanding of the drug development process.
  • Must have an extensive understanding of and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management.
  • Must be able to understand and communicate scientific and business elements associated with the therapeutic area(s) of assigned projects.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to support highly complex multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Must possess advanced knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and other reporting and tracking tools.
  • Must be able to work under minimal and at times no supervision, determine personal work plan, and schedule tasks and activities.

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