Associate Director, R&D Development Project Management

Foster City, CA
Oct 27, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, R&D Development Project Management
United States - California - Foster CityUnited States - Washington - Seattle

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.

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

The Associate Director, Project Management is responsible for managing projects and initiatives to support Development functional areas. These are process improvement projects supporting Biometrics, Clinical Operations, Clinical Research, and other functions.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Plan and manage complex projects and initiatives across Development, including strategic initiatives, cross-functional projects and department projects
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, business process owners, and subject matter experts to initiate projects, define project deliverables and create timelines
  • Identify project team and resources; schedule project team and other meetings
  • Proactively drive project communications and timely resolution of issues
  • Ensure progress on project activities between project meetings
  • Monitor the health of the project and manage project dependencies
  • Track and regularly report on project status
  • Translate business needs into projects and initiatives; define and communicate business and financial benefits of projects and initiatives
  • Ensures project work complies with established practices, policies and processes
  • Represents the Project Team to the Functional Area Leadership and/or Program Steering Committees for major strategic decisions
  • Ensure the coordination of project management roles and responsibilities across projects requiring multiple PMs (IT, Business, Vendor PMs)
  • Contribute to the Development PMO in defining and implementing best practices in project and portfolio management
  • Manage the governance and tracking of functional area project portfolio in accordance with Development PMO guidelines

Management Responsibilities:
  • Develop and lead a functional group of project managers, may include employees and contingent workers
  • Define goals; assign tasks and provide direction to the group to achieve the goals
  • Coach, develop and grow the team members
  • Participate in Performance Management and Talent Acquisition processes

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • 10+ years of experience with a BA in a relevant discipline or 8+ years of relevant experience with an advanced degree
  • A scientific background with broad experience in Drug Development is strongly preferred.
  • Line management supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience to complete large, complex, multi-year projects
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects with tight timelines, at the same time
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills to work with project leaders and project teams to make decisions and resolve issues
  • Excellent verbal, written, negotiation and interpersonal communication skills required
  • Hands-on experience in managing cross-functional process improvement projects
  • Vendor management experience is preferred
  • Experience with negotiating contracts and estimating project/program budgets preferred
  • Must be a quality driven individual with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Knowledge of functional areas involved in drug development preferred (e.g., Biometrics, Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Operations, Regulatory Affairs, etc.)

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