Director, IT Security

Foster City, CA
Jul 21, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Director, IT Security
United States - California - Santa Monica

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

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, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to increase access to its medicines for people who can benefit from them, regardless of where they live or their economic status. This is the focus of the Access Operations & Emerging Markets business unit, spanning more than 130 resource-limited, low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually, and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills
The Director, IT Security - Global Cell Therapy works as Kite's head of IT Security functioning as the primary representative of the Gilead global Security, Risk and Compliance (SRC) organization for Kite. The person ensures that Kite takes advantage of the breadth of tools and knowledge available within the SRC department and helps to drive the deployment and adoption of IT Security Risk and Governance tools and architecture. The person represents and resolves Kite specific cyber security, data privacy and regulatory issues using both Gilead and Kite resources as needed.

The Director, IT Security - Global Cell Therapy is a critical partner of the Kite IT & Commercial teams to expand the reach of Kite treatments to more centers around the globe. The person will regularly interact with CISOs and medical staff at hospitals around the globe to provide confidence in Kite's ability to protect sensitive health information. The candidate will regularly participate in audits of current practices and procedures to ensure compliance with FDA, HIPPA, GxP and SOX requirements.

This role is based in Santa Monica, CA, reporting to Sr. Director of IT SRC.

This role will be accountable for, but not limited to, the following key responsibilities:
  • IT Security and Compliance for Kite as well as support IT Security training and consulting around the globe.
  • As part of Gilead/Kite IT Security team, will support the rollout of IT Security initiatives and systems globally.
  • Guide IT & business teams in selection, design & implementation of technology solutions, providing means to design IT Security into the design from the start.
  • Find opportunities to rationalize and improve IT Security landscape.
  • Function as head of Kite security incident management team informing and engaging senior leadership throughout the Kite and Gilead organization as required.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems, computer science, engineering or other IT-related major, or 10+ years of relevant experience
  • 5+ years of experience in IT security, privacy and risk management domains
  • Information Security Certifications (CISSP, etc.) or other related security certifications

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • 10+ years of IT work experience with progressive responsibilities
  • 5+ years of Cyber Security protection experience
  • A thorough understanding of HIPAA, GDPR and CCPA requirements is necessary
  • Knowledge of information security principles, concepts, practices, systems software, database software, and immediate access storage technology to carry out activities relating to security certification and accreditation
  • Ability to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical information technology security issues
  • Prior working experience in a pharmaceutical company is a big plus
  • Ability and comfort in presenting to senior management within the enterprise as well as to peers at the hospitals
  • Experience supporting commercial patient solutions is a plus
  • A thorough knowledge of IT Security best practices and architecture appropriate to the handling of PHI and intellectual property
  • Ability to interpret, understand, and communicate real business risks in relation to technology risks
  • Ability to create or review procedures for protection of systems and applications
  • Recommends and coordinates the application of fixes, patches, & recovery procedures in the event of a security breach
  • Extensive experience in Cyber threat and vulnerability analysis and remediation
  • Forensic examination and data preservation
  • Very strong security awareness and knowledge
  • Proven ability at building working relationships with partners, peers, and senior Management
  • Leads, performs or reviews security incident investigations
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple topics and demands concurrently
  • Working knowledge of IT processes (i.e., ITIL) including incident, problem, defect, change and release management
  • Highly organized, results-oriented, practical and attentive to details
  • Self-motivated, proactive, independent and responsive - requires little supervisory attention
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • High level of personal integrity consistent with Gilead's core values

Gilead Core Values:
  • Integrity (Doing What's Right)
  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)
  • Teamwork (Working Together)
  • Excellence (Being Your Best)
  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

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