Associate Director, Business Continuity Management

Foster City, CA
Jul 24, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, Business Continuity Management
United States - Remote

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

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

This position is within the Risk Governance & Audit group. The Associate Director of Business Continuity reports to the Director of Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program Office. This person is the business partner between BCM and their assigned business processes, responsible for implementation of the Business continuity strategic and operational roadmaps, contributing to the annual Business Continuity Program goals and objectives required to achieve alignment with the company's strategic direction and risk profile, as well as managing and coordinating the development, maintenance and testing of existing business continuity plans worldwide.

Effective partnership and teamwork with business partners, proactive mindset, and strong written and verbal communication skills are key success factors for this position.

The BCM Business Partner is responsible for managing and coordinating the development of Business Continuity Program for Gilead sites worldwide, collaborating closely with IT Disaster Recovery and Corporate Security teams.

Essential Duties and Job Functions
  • Execute business continuity strategic and operational roadmaps and program goals and objectives
  • Develop and maintain Business Continuity Program documentation, including but not limited to policies, standards, governance model, program procedures, and tools and templates
  • Coordinate with site / business functions to perform Business Continuity Program activities such as Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify and document recovery requirements for critical business functions / processes
  • Coordinate with site / business function to ensure that recovery strategies, as well as Business Continuity (BC) and Crisis Management (CM) plans are developed and tested
  • Oversee BC and CM Plan testing and exercising process, procedures, and testing materials
  • Track and monitor Risk Mitigation Initiatives (RMIs) and work with business functions towards resolution
  • Define, monitor, and gather data to show achievement of key Business Continuity Program performance indicators (KPI)
  • Establish or collect documented evidence of compliance to ensure the BC Program is “audit ready”
  • Facilitate and manage business continuity-related projects and services performed by external vendors and managed services providers
  • In the event of an incident support the coordination and communication of business recovery activities and status communications
  • Work closely with BC Program service providers and contingent workers; monitor their adherence to Service Level Agreements (SLAs); deliver effective feedback to ensure high levels of service to internal business partners
  • Develop BCM end-user training
  • Coordinate with IT DR Program Manager to ensure business requirements are being captured and met accordingly

Experience and Education (Required)
  • 8 years related experience with Master\'s Degree, or 10 years experience with Bachelor of Science degree (or international equivalent) in Risk Management, Business Administration, Marketing, or equivalent
  • 5+ years experience with leading, planning and maturing annual plan exercises
  • Strong organization, planning, and program/project management skills
  • Self-motivated, proactive, independent and responsive
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, presentation, facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • High level of personal integrity consistent with Gilead's core values
  • Ability to travel (5-10%)
  • High literacy of Office 365 suite of applications

Experience and Education (Preferred)

  • Experience with facilitating and leading risk assessments for various functions within a life sciences organization
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience
  • Experience with managing and leading incident response and communication plans
  • Experience with applications built on the Salesforce platform
  • Experience with production supply chain management
  • Knowledge of BC and CM technologies and processes for continuous improvement opportunities
  • Industry certifications (e.g. MBCP, CBCP, ABCP, CRISC, etc.)

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