Associate Director, Government Affairs

Foster City, CA
Nov 25, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, Government Affairs
Sweden - Solna - StockholmDenmark - CopenhagenNorway - OsloFinland - Helsinki

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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Associate Director Government Affairs Nordics Kite

Following the acquisition of Kite Pharma by Gilead Sciences, a position has opened in the Government Affairs team at Gilead Sciences Nordics.

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 advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

In October 2017, Gilead acquired Kite Pharma, a significant step to increase its engagement in oncology. Kite Pharma, a Gilead company, is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Kite's core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and haematological malignancies. Kite and Gilead's engagement in cell therapy was further strengthened in December when Gilead also acquired Cell Design Labs, a company developing a synthetic biology technology that enables the reprogramming of the molecular machinery of human cells to perform new therapeutic functions.

The Government Affairs team aims at fostering an innovation friendly environment to enable patients to have access to our innovative portfolio. It aims to act as a critical link, connecting governments with science and connecting Kite and Gilead with policymakers' needs and expectations.

This position reports to the Director, Government Affairs Nordics. This position is based in Solna, Sweden or in the Nordic offices of Gilead.

The Role

This position will lead, develop, and oversee the execution of Kite's Nordic Government Affairs strategy for cell therapy, enabling patients' access to innovative therapies and ensuring that the value of these therapies is recognised by political and health policy stakeholders. This will involve:
  • Develop, manage, and lead complex strategies and activities related to national and regional legislation, programs and relevant institutions within the field of CAR-T and oncology
  • Create a positive presence for Kite/Gilead among regional and national Nordic parliamentarians and members of the government, civil servants and its agencies, for the purpose of facilitating and enhancing Kite/Gilead mission to deliver access to innovative therapies for patients
  • Serve as primary Gilead contact for Nordic Oncology patient advocacy groups to maintain two-way dialogue with patient advocacy groups to understand priorities and opportunities for collaboration and support, while also sharing information about Kite/Gilead and our position on topics of mutual interest
  • Develop, lead and implement specific plans that allow the inclusion of patient perspectives and insights in dialogue and strategies serving our shared goal of enhancing patient access to Kite/Gilead innovative medicines in the Nordics
  • Together with Commercial, Medical Affairs, Market Access and Public Affairs collaborate on disease and treatment education, public health policy, and support for capacity building of patient advocacy groups
  • The candidate will travel to meetings and conferences in Europe for approximately 25% of their time, occasional travel to the US will be required

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Typically requires a BSc or BA degree, with significant prior experience in government, government affairs, public affairs or policy role. A MA or MSc degree or MBA and relevant experience is preferred
  • Strategic thinker with ability to formulate, develop and execute on agreed strategies including knowledge of the Nordics' healthcare system and key policies relevant for pharmaceutical market access for highly innovative medicines within Car-Ts
  • Experience in value and access policies and in reimbursement policy required across the Nordic markets
  • Effective relationships with members of healthcare, business legislative, regulatory and policy community. Ability to build alliances with patient advocacy groups and other relevant NGOs
  • Proven track record of cross-functional team work to create a policy environment where the Nordic policymakers' value, reward and supports timely access to our innovative therapies
  • Experience in corporate engagement and digital advocacy is preferred with the ability to command respect with both external and internal stakeholders
  • Sound business judgment and analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Experience with budget management
  • Must be fluent in English; fluency in other Nordic languages is a plus

Gilead Core Values

Integrity (always doing the right thing)

Teamwork (collaborating in good faith)

Excellence (working at a high level of commitment and capability)

Accountability (taking personal responsibility)

Inclusion (encouraging diversity)

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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