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Associate Director, Project Management - Oncology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Mar 3, 2023

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Associate Director, Project Management - Oncology
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 Gilead R&D Project & Portfolio Management function has an Associate Director, Project Management opportunity to manage one or more highly complex and/or high-profile project and/or cross project therapeutic teams in one of our core therapeutic areas: Oncology, Virology, or Inflammation.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Works in partnership with project leaders to develop, gain approval, and execute on the project strategy.
  • Co-chairs timely, efficient, and action-oriented project team meetings and is responsible for coordinating team operations and communications.
  • Directs highly complex project communications and ensures that all project customers are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status.
  • Organizes preparation of high-quality documents for review by governance committees in collaboration with the project team and represents the Development Project Team at Governance meetings, when needed.
  • Organizes Project Management support for various functional areas on the Project; attends sub-team meetings; organizes ad hoc working groups.
  • Organizes the formation of Project Teams and Request for Development (RFD) Teams with leadership of the functional areas, and guides transition of projects between development phases.
  • Co-leads the design, implementation, and update of life cycle development plans, which articulate the vision & strategy for asset maximization and Development Plans which define the scope of project team deliverables, ensuring Development Plans integrate TA/ disease area and molecule vision & strategy, with timing, scope and resources.
  • Provides leadership to the team and functional areas to anticipate and identify complex project issues which pose a challenge to achieving strategic goals; proposes and implements plans to resolve such issues and execute corrective actions.
  • Provides updated project documents and information for quarterly budget reviews, quarterly investor relations/Board updates and annual Portfolio Review.
  • Contributes to the research, development and commercial project strategies.
  • May represent Project Management on Franchise Teams and attend senior management committees as requested.
  • Enable high-performing teams by ensuring there are good team dynamics within the project team.
  • May be responsible for developing and implementing continuous improvement and optimization initiatives across the department.
  • Ensures project work complies with established practices, policies and processes.

Qualifications/ Core Competencies:
  • Extensive knowledge of the drug development process and deep understanding of and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management.
  • Expertise in developing and managing project scope, deliverables, risks and resource requirements.
  • Strong leadership presence with the ability to translate strategy into action.
  • Excellent analytical skills with an ability to summarize and present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels within the company.
  • Must be able to understand and communicate scientific and business elements associated with the therapeutic area(s) of assigned projects.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of team dynamics.
  • Ability to lead without authority, influence and motivate teams.
  • Ability to help teams anticipate, plan, and adapt to an evolving environment.
  • Ability to take accountability and empower individuals and teams to make effective decisions which are aligned with the company's vision, values and goals.
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment and lead empowered teams who operate with high standards of alignment, trust, accountability, expertise, transparency, and collaboration.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and other reporting and tracking tools.
  • Must be able to work under minimal and at times no supervision.

Education/ Experience:
  • Bachelors, Masters/ MBA, or PhD degree (scientific field preferred) with typically 10+ (BS), 8+ (MS/MBA), 4+ (PhD) years of relevant project management experience. Experience in the pharmaceutical/ biotech industry is preferred.
  • Experience must include leading cross-functional project management activities within the pharmaceutical industry, building, managing and articulating comprehensive, complex, cross-functional plans.
  • Familiarity with Oncology drug development is desirable.
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) or other PM certification or equivalent a plus.
  • Line management supervisory experience is desirable.

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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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