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Executive Director of IT Quality and Compliance

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Raleigh, NC
Start date
Mar 3, 2023

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Quality, Quality Control, Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Executive Director of IT Quality and Compliance
United States - North Carolina - RaleighUnited 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 of IT Quality and Compliance will be a key member of IT Security, Risk and Compliance (SRC) team within Information Technology. This is a leadership role that ensures the delivery of IT quality and compliance responsibilities such as GxP, SOX, Quality, and Privacy to create a world class culture of quality and compliance.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

General responsibilities for this position will include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Oversee and manage the IT Quality and Compliance team to provide strategic direction and effective execution of quality and compliance through subordinate staff to:
    • Ensures IT is compliance with global regulations, guidance, and industry standards through the development and execution of quality and compliance strategies and plans that meet objectives within applicable regulations and guidelines.
    • Ensures the conception, collaboration, and implementation of actions, processes, and behaviors within the mandate that ensure the integration of compliance areas, e.g., GXP, SOX, Privacy.
    • Ensures quality and compliance are integrated into operations and develops and implements a common platform of quality and compliance systems, tools, procedures, and standards to support it.
    • Ensures inspection readiness internally and externally through effective administration of the IT quality system
    • Ensures the state of IT Quality and Compliance is visible to IT leadership and the broader organization through quarterly reviews and other communication.
    • Ensures alignment among Gilead quality and compliance organizations by building and fostering solid business partnerships.
    • Assesses the effectiveness of the department, including the people, processes, and technologies needed to achieve departmental and corporate goals. Transforms problems and opportunities into actions and solutions that improve qualitative and quantitative performance.
  • Supervises and supports the:
    • Global Head of IT Quality Engineering and ensures the definition and delivery of the IT Quality Engineering practices of computer systems validation, software quality assurance, infrastructure qualification, automation, and performance engineering for Gilead Sciences.
    • Global Head of IT Quality to ensure the definition and delivery of the IT Quality practice in compliance with global health authority regulations, guidance, directives, standards, and current industry best practices. These include QMS, CAPA, document management, etc.
    • Global Head of IT Privacy to ensure the definition of a Privacy framework and its operations, e.g., incidents, escalations, and assessments. is created and to privacy incidents, escalations. This includes representing issues to executive leadership and collaborating with the Legal Privacy Officer.
    • IT SOX function to ensure the scope and design of Internal Controls over financial reporting (ICFR) specific to IT systems is compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) while supporting an efficient and effective process.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and stakeholders internally and externally to provide strategic and technical leadership within the quality and compliance space
  • Acts as the primary liaison and coordinates meetings with regulatory agencies/inspectorates as needed, representing IT with those agencies.
  • Lead and evolve the quality and compliance function ensuring global regulatory, industry, and corporate standards are met while creating a culture of continuous process improvement.
  • Build a culture of innovative thinking that leads to the development and implementation of Gilead's mission and vision.
  • Provide support, mentorship, and guidance to quality and compliance staff to ensure staff can independently make sound strategic and tactical decisions.
  • Develop the technical, regulatory, and leadership of direct reports and ensures staff stay abreast of industry developments, including forthcoming regulations, guidance, and best practices.

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in computer science, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • CISA certification is a big plus.

  • 16 or more years in IT and business/industry or 14+ years within Masters or PhD.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of leadership responsibilities.
  • At least 12 years of experience in quality and compliance areas.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Pharma experience a must
  • In depth knowledge of global health authority regulations, guidance, directives, standards, and current industry best practices relevant to IT quality, compliance, data privacy and data integrity and SOX.
  • Fundamental understanding of global privacy laws and impact to business functions.
  • Have a clear understanding of the global Vendor Risk Assessment, Privacy Impact Assessment, and Security Architecture Assessment processes, system functionality and business need to be involved in strategic direction/changes and approval of risk exceptions.
  • Solid understanding of quality engineering including leadership experience in computer systems validation, infrastructure qualification, software quality assurance
  • Experience delivering quality engineering services in a managed service provider (MSP) model including selection, transition, operations, and oversight
  • Demonstrated understanding of software engineering industry best-practices, techniques, and tools (e.g., Scrum, DevOps, Agile)
  • Solid understanding of performance engineering and automation
  • Strong leadership capability, executing as appropriate in the areas of responsibility
  • Expertise in budget planning, financial management, and workforce management
  • Broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies, technology directions and strategic application to business needs including the ability to differentiate between a relevant trend and hype
  • Ability to improve operational efficiency, service delivery, and information management across the IT organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technology solutions in business terms, establish rapport and persuade others

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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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