Executive Director, Collaboration Management

Foster City, CA, US
Nov 20, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Executive Director, Collaboration 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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Executive Director, Collaboration Management

The Executive Director, Collaboration Management will report to the Senior Vice President, External Innovation. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing effort by established partners and Gilead to discover targets, validate targets, provide leads, apply cutting edge tools and platforms, and/or generate clinical candidates.

The Executive Director, Collaboration Management will lead a small team of Collaboration Managers to help to build and innovate new ways of fostering a Gilead productive life-science ecosystem.

The Executive Director will work closely with the extended leadership team of Gilead's External Innovation Scientific Leaders and representatives of support functions (Alliance Management, Corporate Contracts, Intellectual Property, Human Resources, Corporate Development, Information Technology, and Finance) to ensure the department is performing as a high functioning team across collaborations and is continuously improving our best practices.

This role is based in Gilead's corporate headquarters located in Foster City, CA.

Position Overview:

The Executive Director, Collaboration Management will be responsible for managing the operational activities for Gilead's established partnerships. The position will also be responsible for catalyzing a community of entrepreneurs in academia, biotech and pharmaceuticals, operating a network of life science incubators focusing and accelerating emerging innovation through development, and supporting the portfolio thru successful partnering.

Lead strategy visioning, culture and company engagement, in partnership with and collaboration with the Senior Vice President, External Innovation.

Lead a matrix team of diverse functional experts through influencing, aligned goals and objectives, and mentoring, to ensure success.

In partnership with the Senior Vice President, External Innovation will maintain strong relationships with partner organizations and internal Gilead stakeholders.

In partnership with the Senior Vice President, External Innovation function as spokesperson and relevant subject matter expert for Gilead.

Drive internal collaboration with each Gilead franchise.

Manage portfolio of resident companies and network them across internal and external networks and channels.

Managing the performance of external collaborators.

The successful applicant will have deep experience and understanding of biotech/pharma.

Strong organizational management with the ability to coach and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies.

Must be an analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals with demonstrated experience in initiating, establishing and managing partnerships with academic institutions, government entities and companies, including the interplay between internal and external stakeholders.

Possess a collaborative mindset and a strong team player and communicator to develop and present strategic and scientific rationale to key internal constituencies.

Able to think about, develop and present innovative ways for outreach and interaction with the Gilead ecosystem.

Be comfortable developing and presenting out-of-the-box ideas.

Possess strong written and verbal communication skills with a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills.

Be an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to operational management with a passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.


A minimum of an MD or PhD level degree is required.

At least 12 years of technical and professional experience is required.

A minimum of 7 years of experience in drug discovery or drug development in a

pharmaceutical industry setting is required.

Experience in participating on scientific due diligence teams is preferred.

Must have an entrepreneurial, self-starter mindset and ability to inspire others to

partner and collaborate.

Excellent scientific written and oral communication skills.

Previous experience establishing innovation networks is preferred.

Well-developed sense of integrity, strong work ethic, scrupulous attention to

detail, clear ability to establish and maintain timelines, and persistent

commitment to ensuring a high level of quality.

Frequent travel and attendance of after-hours business events and dinners will be


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