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Executive Director Oncology, Global Medical Affairs (GU/GYN)

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Oct 1, 2022

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Executive Director Oncology, Global Medical Affairs (GU/GYN)
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.

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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

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Job Description

The Executive Director Oncology is a key leadership position serving as the Global Medical Affairs inspirational, strategic, and tactical lead for solid tumor oncology (GU/GYN) efforts, reporting directly to the VP of Oncology GMA.

An integral part of the Global Oncology Medical Affairs strategy will be overseeing and maintaining the tenor of Gilead's scientific communications with the community of health care professionals and other key external stakeholders, including ensuring the creation of high-quality content outputs such as slide decks, medical presentations at conferences, advisory boards, and other meetings and promotional materials.

In fulfillment of this responsibility, the Global Executive Director of Oncology will manage a team of talented professionals across multiple indications; collaborate with colleagues throughout the Gilead organization as well as with the external investigator community.

The key functions of this role are to:
  • Develop, innovate, and execute the Oncology Global Medical Affairs Strategic and Tactical Plans based on a landscape assessment of unmet needs, with cross-functional inputs from colleague's affiliates and Medical Scientists, Government and Public Affairs, Healthcare Policy, Clinical Research, Health Economics, and Commercial functions
  • Medical Affairs core member on the Commercial team, a cross-function partnership venture with Gilead's Global Commercial Product Strategy team, and co-lead of Indication Strategic Plans
  • Medical Affairs core member on multiple Solid Tumors Program Strategic Teams
  • Voice expertise and leadership role at Gilead's Medical Affairs Research Team for Oncology Investigator-Sponsored and Collaborative Research program
  • Develop Integrated Evidence Plan, Scientific Medical Platform and serve as a key partner at publication planning working group
  • Collaborate with Medical Information to assure creation and maintenance of high-quality professional communications for healthcare professionals in response to unsolicited requests for product information
  • Assess medical education needs in the global healthcare environment and collaborate with Independent Medical Education Department to assure that appropriate programs are reviewed, supported, and evaluated
  • Work with Oncology Medical Affairs colleagues worldwide to pull through scientific and healthcare policy communications and publications from investigator-sponsored research projects
  • Serve as Oncology Medical Affairs lead for the review process of medical and promotional materials
  • Provide inspirational leadership to the Global MA Oncology team by creating an environment of mutual respect and shared goals, clear responsibilities, and talent development/engagement/retention plans, and continuous improvement, growth mindset
  • Exhibit Gilead's core values: integrity, teamwork, accountability, excellence, & inclusion in accordance with the highest ethical and compliance standards, including Gilead's Code of Ethics and Business Conduct policies, and applicable legal and regulatory requirements

Specific Job Requirements:
  • Subject matter expertise in Oncology
  • Establish credible knowledge base regarding Oncology and specifically in solid tumors and develop strategies to address unmet medical needs within the oncology patient population
  • Prepare presentation materials and present scientific data at internal and external Advisory Boards
  • Serve as an information resource to Gilead colleagues, including the Medical Scientists, and in evaluating medical educational activities, grants and investigator-sponsored/collaborative studies
  • Provide medical and scientific leadership at key scientific meetings involving oncology
  • Serve on Independent Medical Education (IMED) Committee to review and give medical perspective on IMED proposals
  • Maintain regular contact with community advocates, government, and policy officials and KOLs to identify data gaps, track research and communication deliverables
  • Ability to assess, understand and communicate continuously expanding medical and scientific information, as well as market knowledge
  • Anticipate future industry trends and opportunities, and proactively develop plans to address through antiviral strategy
  • Excellent analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and understand complex issues and problems and identify key findings from study data and publications
  • Ability to suggest solutions for issues encountered with clinical studies and other projects in areas of responsibility

Essential Skills:
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal, relationship-building, and negotiating communication skills
  • Excellent strategic and organizational skills to support project planning across multiple activities, with the ability to anticipate and prioritize workload on multiple ongoing projects
  • Excellent teamwork skills, both in leading and as part of a cross-functional team. Organized; attention to detail and ability to meet timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and understand complex issues and problems and identify and query key findings from study data and publications
  • Experience in developing effective abstracts, manuscripts, posters, and slides and presenting at scientific meetings
  • Must be fully cognizant and adhere to regulatory and legal (Business Conduct) requirements for implementation of science and other Medical Affairs activities
  • Able to work with a level of autonomy and independence

Knowledge, Experience & Skills:
  • M.D., D.O., Ph.D. (biological or pharmaceutical sciences) PharmD with extensive experience in oncology (10+ years). Strong preference is given to those with experience in solid tumors
  • 10+ years' experience in Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Research including Phase II, III, and/or IV studies
  • Must have demonstrated organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills along with excellent judgment and ability to work in a matrix team environment. Strong presentation skills are also required.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international conferences, which will include occasional weekend travel, is required.

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

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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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