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Senior Counsel I - (Construction, Real Estate)

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
May 13, 2023

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Senior Counsel I - (Construction, Real Estate)
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.

Making an impact on a global scale
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.

Senior Counsel, Corporate Legal

Gilead Sciences is seeking a Senior Counsel to join our growing Corporate Legal Team. We are looking for an attorney with experience in facilities and construction contracts, commercial leasing, and other real estate matters to support Gilead's corporate operations. While this role primarily supports the Corporate Engineering & Facilities and Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing organizations, this attorney may support environmental health and safety, sustainability, corporate security, commercial, corporate development, manufacturing and other general contract matters as needed.

Our Corporate Legal team consists of 40+ smart, collegial, and team-oriented attorneys and non-attorney legal professionals that provide day-to-day contracting and transactional support to Gilead's business units, including research, development, manufacturing, commercial, facilities, IT and G&A; support on M&A and other strategic transactions; and securities. The team works closely with colleagues in IP, procurement, IT security, privacy and other legal and functional groups to deliver high-quality contracting and transactional support to Gilead's many business teams, and, in turn, help those business teams execute on Gilead's mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

This individual will be responsible for, among other things:
  • Drafting and negotiating a full range of construction contracts, including AIA agreements and supplementary terms and conditions for design-build, lump sum, guaranteed maximum price, integrated project delivery, architecture and engineering, and related agreements.
  • Supporting commercial lease transactions across our global real estate portfolio, including drafting and negotiating lease agreements, LOIs, extensions, amendments, consent forms, and other ancillary documents, and working with local country counsel where appropriate.
  • Preparing master services agreements, consulting agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, and other commercial agreements in support of our Facilities and Manufacturing organizations.
  • Partnering with senior management throughout Corporate Engineering & Facilities, Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing, and the broader company to ensure smooth, efficient, practical and quality coordination between the business and legal teams.
  • Advising on and resolving transactional negotiation escalations and potential contract disputes.
  • Maintaining and improving productive and efficient ways of working with a wide range of cross-functional colleagues and subject-matter experts.


In light of these responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have:
  • Expertise in drafting, negotiating and interpreting a wide range of construction contracts as well as general commercial and vendor agreements, such as master services agreements, consulting agreements and confidentiality agreements;
  • Expertise with commercial leases and other real estate transactions, and familiarity with related areas such as land use and planning and environmental, health and safety matters;
  • Experience developing and implementing contract processes and knowledge resources, such as contract templates, playbooks, back-up provisions, client guidance, and team and client training materials;
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, written and presentation skills;
  • A high degree of client service orientation and ability to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent, complex situations and demanding clients;
  • Willingness and ability to coordinate activities of many stakeholders across various departments, not only within the company's headquarters in Foster City, but also throughout the company's international organization;
  • Experience using a contract lifecycle management software (e.g., Apttus);
  • Knowledge of Gilead's business and the pharmaceutical industry in general, including knowledge of regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry;
  • 6+ years of prior industry or law firm experience providing legal counsel on construction contracts, commercial lease transactions, and facilities operations matters;
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent advanced degree from a nationally accredited law school; and
  • Admission to the California state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either within 90 days.

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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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