Associate Director - Pharmaceutical and Biologics Logistics

Foster City, CA
Jan 25, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director - Pharmaceutical and Biologics Logistics
United 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. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Role and Responsibilities:

Leads, directs and manages a team responsible for oversight of global logistics and transportation activities in the Pharmaceutical and Biologics group. The individual will help lead and execute the overall team logistics strategy. This includes, but not limited to, negotiating national and regional partner agreements to ensure world class costs and savings; translating logistical best practices and industry knowledge to securely move drug product without interruption; develop or improve cold chain shipping requirements; maintain movement-inventory accuracy; and insure compliant practices are designed into the processes and programs.

Job Responsibilities
  • Budgetary responsibility for freight, warehousing and distribution. Tracking and management of performance to budget.
  • Coordinate product delivery logistics with suppliers, importers, transportation companies and warehouse operations. Develop efficient routings and scheduling.
  • Lead, coach, mentor, train and develop the Logistics Team. Inspire the Logistics Team to achieve their productivity, efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness goals
  • Manage third party warehousing for common components and distribution of final drug product to customer in a compliant manner consistent with Gilead and customer expectations.
  • Negotiate contract pricing with freight forwarders and other service providers.
  • Ensure the accuracy of freight invoices, brokerage charges and import duty billings
  • Lead the compliant implementation and ongoing operational execution for Cold Chain logistics. Work closely with technical and quality teams to align with the selection, qualification and ongoing operation for shipping lanes and with carriers.
  • Work with the cross-functional teams. Establish strategies and execution of action items for effective implementation globally.
  • Establish systems, standard operating procedures and metrics (KPIs). Lead monthly and quarterly business reviews with transportation and other service providers
  • Develop and implement strong structure and organization to drive the logistics and agreement/rate process.
  • Create strategies for logistics and cold chain to identify and mitigate disruption/intervention.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to lead and develop direct reports and build effective cross-functional / cross-level teams

  • Stakeholder focus with ability to develop strong business relationships

  • Ability to identify, design and implement process improvements

  • Understanding and ability to perform business, cost /benefit and financial analysis

  • Very good computer skills relating to SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Office products

  • Able to develop complex concepts, techniques, and standards. Ability to effectively lead global program management.

  • Able to develop solutions to complex problems which require an in-depth degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness.

  • Challenges are frequently unique and solutions may serve as precedent for future decisions, which affect the entire organization.

  • Able to interpret, execute, and recommend modifications to department policies.

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and the ability to deal across several multi-national agencies, sites and organizations.

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma methodologies for continuous improvement of the supply chain.

    Education and Experience

  • 8+ years of relevant experience and a BS/BA OR 10+ years of relevant experience and a MA/MBA.

  • Experience in managing supply chain logistics projects across multiple locations and geographies.

  • Previous work experience at a freight forwarder or direct management of freight forwarder is desired

  • 10% Travel may be required.

  • Advanced logistics and international multi-mode transportation experience; international trade, customs and compliance and FDA knowledge

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience in Commercial and Clinical supply chains is desired

  • Supply chain expertise in a GMP environment

  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally between multiple teams and time zones

    If this is not the right move for you now but remain interested in a career at Gilead Sciences please connect with us via our talent community:

    About Gilead:

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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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