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Counsel - COVID-19/Established Products

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Mar 22, 2023

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Counsel - COVID-19/Established Products
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

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.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is looking for a Counsel to join our U.S. Therapeutic Area Legal Team (Business Conduct) to support the COVID-19 business. The Senior Counsel will also support the Established Products portfolio, other therapeutic areas, department and Company Projects, and other needs of the team as needed. We are looking for an experienced, thoughtful, and eager attorney to join a multi-faceted practice with a close-knit team that advises several business functions within Gilead's U.S. organization.

The successful candidate will be part of Gilead's Global Therapeutic Area Legal (GTAL) department, reporting to the Associate General Counsel, Head of U.S. COVID-19, Liver, and Established Products therapeutic Area. The Senior Counsel for COVID-19 and Established Products will be based in Foster City, California.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a key business partner and provide support to the COVID-19 and Established Products Business Units and the related functions (e.g., Marketing, Sales, Medical Affairs, Government Affairs, and Public Affairs) in delivering operational excellence in a compliant manner.
  • Provide legal and compliance advice with a focus on commercialization, promotion, marketing and advertising of the Company's approved product(s). Support to a wide range of Company activities such as advising on promotional review, evaluating proposed corporate business plans, strategies, tactics, grant proposals, research activities, funding requests, competitor complaints, supporting regulatory actions, investigations, working groups, and drafting and updating Company compliance policies.
  • Provide prompt review and guidance to the Promotional Review Committee (PRC) and Medical Review Committee (MRC).
  • Develop an understanding of business objectives and how those translate into the Legal Department's priorities to deliver practical advice and guidance to the business.
  • Collaborate and support as needed other internal legal functions, including Global Commercial Legal, Compliance, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Investigations, Competition, Pricing & Access, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Information Governance, and Regulatory Legal.
  • Partner with the Global Therapeutic Area Legal Teams and other Therapeutic Area lawyers to enhance alignment and consistency of legal guidance, policy, and process.
  • Monitor legal developments affecting pharmaceutical promotion and interactions with health care professionals. Provide recommendations to reduce risk and enhance operations.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing direct reports
  • Demonstrated high EQ and client-service orientation; able to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients.
  • Preferred legal competencies: Knowledge of the US Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, HIPAA, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and related regulatory regimes.
  • Able to exercise judgment in working through complex issues and determine and take appropriate action where precedent may not exist.
  • Willingness to build risk-based approaches to manage legal risk and to find pragmatic solutions.

Required skills:

  • Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school.
  • Admission to practice law in one or more states.
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of prior experience in a law firm, in-house, and/or government (FDA, OIG, CMS) environment advising on pharmaceutical promotion and health care fraud and abuse issues.

Gilead Core Values:

  • Integrity (Doing What's Right)
  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)
  • Teamwork (Working Together)
  • Excellence (Being Your Best)
  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

The salary range for this position is: $199,835.00 - $258,610.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

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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