Innovation Advocate

Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct 27, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
Innovation Advocate
United States - North Carolina - Raleigh

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, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to pursuing scientific invention to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

You will be part of a team that is helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We are a close community where every individual matters and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Inclusion is one of our core values, which means we are creating and fostering a work environment where our differences are valued, and everyone feels respected and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative therapeutics for people with life-threatening diseases.

The Gilead Business Services center in Raleigh's Research Triangle region will be home to some of the company's critical shared service teams in North America, including Information Technology, Global Financial Solutions, HR Operations and Procurement Services Desk. These functions provide the necessary support to ensure Gilead's business runs effectively and efficiently. The center will also be a catalyst for standardization of processes, digital transformation and technology optimization.

Job description:

Gilead IT Innovation is looking for a delivery focused Innovation Advocate to support and grow the innovation program. This person will promote IT Innovation via storytelling and creative communications via a variety of channels such as email, presentations, publications, website, Yammer, video, in-person media, and others. The Innovation Advocate will also represent IT Innovation at the GBS center. The successful candidate has a strong ability to manage multiple concurrent deliverables and is comfortable presenting in front of an audience. Must be a self-starter that takes the initiative when presented with new concepts and software, takes ownership of tasks, and is able to work outside of predefined processes with a flexible mindset. Technical programming knowledge a plus! This role reports to the Senior Director, IT Innovation.

Specific job responsibilities:
  • Maintain the physical innovation space and equipment in GBS, be an extension of the IT Innovation team in GBS.
  • SharePoint site: Create content, build and maintain components, handle administration
  • Technology Scouting Report: Plan and routinely publish on emerging technology trends
  • Innovation Newsletter: Plan and publish quarterly via webpage and email, solicit topics and gather content, write articles and design graphics, market it via various channels.
  • Innovation community: Grow membership and engagement by creating appropriate materials and routinely updating members.
  • Innovation metrics: Define and routinely collect metrics from various sources, display the metrics in intuitive and modern charts and graphs.
  • Yammer channel: Create routine postings to keep members engaged and share with other channels, reply to comments and questions received
  • Lunch & Learn events: Solicit topics, organize event, manage invitations, market it appropriately
  • Organize ad hoc innovation activities as they arise.


8 years of relevant experience in innovation, IT, technology, communications, or marketing. Ideally has experience with design thinking, innovation methods, or startups. Possesses good working knowledge within one or more IT areas or disciplines, typically working independently within the area of technical/functional expertise. Able to come up to speed quickly in other areas of expertise relevant to the success of the project or program.

  • Microsoft Office 365 suite
  • SharePoint administration
  • Graphics creation and editing tools
  • Video creation
  • Software development a plus

Effective communicator that can successfully market a program via various contact channels such as email, website, social media, and in-person. Quickly learns various software tools. Able to understand and creatively display metrics. Great people person and can interact well whether getting updates from team members or speaking with business colleagues. Works efficiently by automating as much as possible instead of tackling routine tasks manually. Flexible and productive in an ambiguous environment.

Basic Qualifications
  • High School Degree and Eleven Years Experience OR Associate's Degree and Nine Years Experience OR Bachelor's Degree and Seven Years Experience OR Master's Degree and Five Years Experience

Job Competencies
  • Adaptability/ Flexibility: Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Business Focus: Builds business partner confidence, is committed to increasing business unit satisfaction, sets achievable business expectations, assumes responsibility for solving problems, ensures commitments to business needs are met, solicits opinions and ideas from business partners, responds to internal business needs with appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Decision Making/ Judgment: Recognizes problems and responds, systematically gathers information, sorts through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, and communicates decisions to others.
  • Organizational Savvy: Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, and understands others' roles and perspectives.

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