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Director, Commercial Learning and Development-Oncology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Aug 3, 2022

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Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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Director, Commercial Learning and Development-Oncology
United States - California - Foster CityUnited States - New Jersey - Morris Plains

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

Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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Job Description

Director, Commercial Learning and Development-Oncology

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.

Director, Commercial Learning and Development- Oncology

Reporting to the Sr. Director, Therapeutic Area Commercial Learning and Development, this individual oversees development of and provides expertise in the implementation of a launch training curriculum and sustainment that serves the needs for the Gilead Field Commercial Organization.

This position is based at our Foster City, CA headquarters or our Morris Plains office in New Jersey. Currently we are in a GFLEX program where Gilead is requiring employees to be in office HQ 2-3 days a week with manager approval

Job Responsibilities
  • Lead development and implementation of knowledge/skill-based training focused on ensuring Oncology TA success through therapeutic disease state and product knowledge for commercial field sales.
  • Lead, coach, motivate and inspire a team in pursuit of Commercial & CL&D objectives to foster a collaborative and productive environment.
  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills; facilitation skills; problem solving, decision making and analytical skills.
  • Requires strong influence skills especially gaining alignment across levels and functions.
  • Partners with stakeholders, subject matter experts and colleagues to define, evaluate and up level training needs through determination of knowledge gaps, needs assessment as well integrated training materials.
  • Supports relevant internal departments including Marketing, Commercial (management, field sales, regional trainers), Commercial Operations, Medical Information, Legal, Business Conduct and Regulatory.
  • Monitors and maintains alignment with Commercial group's strategic training plan while balancing short-term and long-term business goals.
  • Apply best practices in adult learning theory to promote continuous learning and reinforce Gilead's commercial strategy.
  • Understands and has experience with instructor-led, virtual instructor-led, virtual and web-based training.
  • Must have the ability to focus on performance by establishing clear objectives for the training.
  • Oversees development of content supporting new hire, national meetings, manager meetings, sustainment and ongoing skills training throughout the year.
  • Incorporate motivating, creative, and interactive training techniques to enhance the training experience, to maximize learning and retention.
  • Effectively manages a project from its initiation to delivery, either as live or virtual training as a deliverable.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in visual, oral and written presentation forms.
  • Actively seek out new principles in learning to further improve training initiatives and identify efficiencies.
  • Knowledge of sales performance metrics use to improve training and development design.
  • Manage agency relationships spanning content design and development, ensuring quality and timeliness of these deliverables, within budget.
  • Experience with working with a set budget.

Basic Education and Experience:

High School Degree and Sixteen Year's Experience


Associates Degree and Fourteen Years Experience


Bachelor's Degree and Twelve Years' Experience


Masters' Degree and Ten Years' Experience


PhD and Eight Years' Experience

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Requires BS/BA degree with a concentration in Science, Education, Business or Marketing and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Oncology background strongly preferred.
  • Leadership Experience in CL+D Strongly preferred
  • Required skills include experience with clinical and product, compliance, sales force automation, and selling skills knowledge, used in tandem with solid project management skills.
  • Experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical field preferred.
  • Prior sales management/leadership experience is preferred.
  • Experience in learning principles and application, curriculum development and instructional design skills is preferred.
  • Advanced Degree in a related field is desirable.
  • Experience in virology and related therapeutic areas a strong plus.
  • Computer aptitude with appropriate software programs Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, ZOOM, Outlook, Teams and Adobe Acrobat is required.

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Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.​

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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