Director, Safety Alliance Management & Agreements

Foster City, CA
Jan 25, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Director, Safety Alliance Management & Agreements
United States - California - Foster CityUnited 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.

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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 Global Patient Safety (GLPS) department is a global function that is part of the Development organization within Gilead. The main Pharmacovigilance activities of GLPS are centered at three sites: Foster City and Santa Monica in the USA and Cambridge in the UK.

GLPS is organized within four distinct areas:
  • GLPS Operations: Responsible for case processing from receipt through to submission to external parties and operational support of clinical studies.
  • Medical Safety Science: Covers the medical input and scientific evaluation of safety data including ICSRs, aggregate data, risk management plans, aggregate reports and signal detection.
  • EU QPPV Office: EU QPPV and deputy EU QPPV responsibilities
  • Standards and Collaborations (S&C): Responsible for review of PV-related policies and global regulations, PV Alliance management and PV Agreements, Solicited Programs and REMS, audit and inspection readiness/support, training, performance and quality measures, PV support for Affiliates and Distributors and the team where this role will sit.

Gilead Sciences is seeking an ambitious individual to join the S&C team as a Director responsible for PV Agreements. We are seeking a PV expert to execute strategy and ensure operational excellence in the following areas:
  • Leading the pharmacovigilance strategy for Business Partner collaborations
  • Creating and maintaining Business Partners PV Agreements
  • Developing a strategy and maintaining processes for oversight of compliance with PVAs

You will provide expertise to multiple stakeholders working closely with colleagues in Business Development, Alliance Management, Legal, Regulatory Affairs, Global Safety, Affiliate Safety, Commercial and Clinical.

The role will suit someone with strong communication skills and an ability to cope with a fast pace and moving targets, a broad PV and PV agreement experience and an enthusiasm for understanding business needs and collaborating with business partners.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Executing the global strategy for Business Partner PV activities, inclusive of understanding the commercial, clinical, and regulatory plans
  • Lead due diligence of Business Partner PV system
  • Business lead for Business Partner PV Audits and global regulatory inspections

Job Skills:
  • Identifies and pursues global and long-term goals for the group, in collaboration with department head, considering and providing support for the strategic goals of the organization
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills; has ability to provide direction to a team, and to influence peers and team members appropriately.
  • Develops solutions to a wide range of complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation, ensuring solutions are consistent with organization objectives; develops concepts, techniques, standards, and new applications based on professional principles and theories; viewed as an expert within the organization
  • Serves as consultant to GLPS management in area of expertise and acts as a spokesperson for the GLPS organization in matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Reviews new regulatory requirements in area of responsibility, makes recommendations based on impact to existing processes and oversees implementation.
  • Maintains knowledge of company disease and therapeutic areas
  • Recognizes potential or impending problems, implements and delivers solutions.
  • Contributes to strategic planning of S&C, SOP creation and updates for GLPS, review and critique audits and data analysis pertaining to their projects or the wider GLPS organization, manages corrective actions and highlights concerns to GLPS management
  • Makes and effects decisions that are long-lasting and influence the future course of the GLPS organization. Decisions can affect the financial, employee, or public relations posture of the organization.
  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail, teamwork and initiative; maintains confidentiality; maintains meticulous attention to project deadlines

Education and Experience: At a minimum, the ideal candidate will possess
  • Scientific background with a medico-scientific university degree
  • Previous experience in multiple aspects of pharmacovigilance activities - several years and significant experience essential
  • PV agreement experience
  • Project management experience preferred or experience in managing complex projects
  • Vendor Oversight and / or vendor management
  • Has an excellent knowledge and understanding of applicable regulatory requirements

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