VP, Clinical Research- Oncology

Morris Plains, New Jersey
Nov 26, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
VP, Clinical Research- Oncology
United States - New Jersey - Morris PlainsUnited States - California - Foster City

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 research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. As part of our rapidly growing science-driven organization, colleagues at Gilead are revolutionizing healthcare by bringing urgently needed medicines to patients in the areas of HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, hematology and oncology, inflammation and respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular conditions. We are proud to have some of the most talented colleagues from across the research, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology & business sectors, working together and supporting each other to help make a real difference in the lives of patients.

*This position may be based in Foster City, CA, Seattle, WA, or Morris Plains, NJ.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Strategic Thinking: Sets the overall therapeutic area strategy in Development with input from Research and Commercial functions and is accountable for developing and advancing a portfolio of innovative and market viable products for Oncology; Understands the competitive landscape within Oncology, including having a perspective on how clinical practice and patient needs are evolving as well as therapeutic area trends and their relevance to the Gilead portfolio; Responsible for clinical development's assessment of both internal and external opportunities to advance Gilead's portfolio and actively seeks opportunities to form external partnerships to strengthen Gilead's Oncology portfolio and probability of success
  • Influence and Partnership: Establishes and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with Research, Development, Business Development, and Commercial stakeholders; Establishes and maintains an external network including relationships with the innovation community, medical and scientific organizations, governmental bodies and patient organizations within Oncology; Leverages to identify opportunities and sources of innovation; Sets the expectation for and models a collaborative and enterprise mindset
  • Delivery Excellence: Responsible for ensuring that the Oncology portfolio is aligned with disease area strategies and appropriate activities are prioritized; Facilitates efforts across Development and is accountable for the technical execution of programs within the Oncology portfolio; Owns the operational direction for Oncology clinical research team within the Development organization, which includes responsibility for scientific and medical aspects of clinical studies such as protocol design, risk benefit assessment, and medical monitoring
    Additional Responsibilities:
  • Innovation: Thinks creatively and brings innovative solutions to the TA; Identifies and leverages advances in clinical development, where appropriate, such as real-world data, analytics, and innovative trial designs
  • People Development: Develops others by identifying and mentoring high performers and building a culture of inclusion and collaboration throughout the organization; Delegates responsibility and empowers others
  • Decision-making: Maintains a culture of rigorous data-driven decision making that rewards truth-seeking behavior; Encourages employees to exercise good judgement and embrace decision making; Empowers capable individuals to be accountable decision-makers
  • Communication: Advocates on behalf of Gilead and effectively communicates complex medical/clinical concepts in both written and oral communication to both internal and external stakeholders
    Capabilities & Requirements:
  • You have prior experience leading an R&D therapeutic area and have broad R&D functional experience and understanding, ideally from a global perspective
  • You have the credibility and reputation to attract and retain top talent with a history of creating teams that can thrive in a fast-paced, matrixed environment
  • You have a track record of successfully developing therapies
  • You have the ability to create and fulfill a vision in a matrix environment and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders across different functions
  • You have practical experience in identifying, vetting and managing external partnerships including vendors, academic and industry collaborators
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate between business leaders, scientists, and medical professionals
    Education & Qualifications:
  • MD degree and board certification or equivalent years of clinical research experience in Oncology
  • 10+ years of biopharmaceutical industry drug development experience, early through late stage development, including the design and conduct of clinical studies
    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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