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Director, U.S Healthcare Compliance Policies

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
May 16, 2023

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Director, U.S Healthcare Compliance Policies
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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Job Description

We are seeking a Director Global Compliance Policies (U.S), reporting to the Global Head Compliance Policies to assist in enhancing Gilead's healthcare compliance program. The position will be located in Foster City, U.S.

The individual will support the Global Head of Compliance Policies in leading the company's efforts to develop and propagate policies in the U.S, working closely with the U.S Global Therapeutic Area Lawyers (GTAL).

Essential Duties and Job Functions

The Director, U.S Healthcare Compliance Policies will support the Global Head of Compliance Policies in leading the company's efforts to develop and propagate healthcare compliance policies within the U.S, ensuring business activities comply with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards.

The individual will partner closely with other members of the Global Compliance organization, and work closely with other colleagues within Legal and across different functions, including Commercial, Medical Affairs, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Finance and Clinical (amongst others) in order to address potential compliance-related issues.

The individual will have primary responsibility for assessing the company's healthcare compliance policies within the U.S, addressing gaps, deciding upon policy positions and keeping policies up to date, whilst also supporting the broader global healthcare compliance policies program.

The individual will contribute to the continued enhancement of a culture of integrity, supporting the company's Core Values.

Key responsibilities also include the following:

  • Support Global Compliance Policies Head in partnering with colleagues across Legal, including International Legal and GTAL teams, and various business functions to develop and align on a risk-based approach to healthcare compliance policy development and propagation.
  • Drive the timely development and propagation of healthcare compliance policies to meet the needs of Legal and business colleagues, with primary responsibility for policies within the U.S.
  • Draft and/or oversee the drafting of U.S policies; provide guidance to colleagues on a consistent and coherent approach to policy development; decide upon policy positions; and respond to requests for policy interpretation.
  • Analyze the characteristics of the legal, enforcement, and business environment in developing and implementing potential policy enhancements.
  • Provide compliance policy-related support on an as-needed basis with a particular focus on the U.S.
  • Foster an energizing work environment where colleagues have impact on our patient-centric mission and can grow their careers.
  • Align within the broader global Legal organization to ensure the team partners effectively across all functions within Gilead.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Gilead is looking for an experienced Legal compliance professional from the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry with proven cultural adaptability across geographies.
  • Ideally the successful candidate will have gained exposure to working within an organization with a U.S-based headquarters, as well as experience with operations in major markets worldwide.
  • The candidate must have a strong background and exposure to compliance related
  • systems and transparency reporting requirements across the globe.

Detailed requirements include:

  • A minimum of 10+ years of relevant prior industry experience relating to drugs, devices, or food products with a JD or 12+ years with a master's Degree.
  • Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries required, including extensive
  • professional experience advising on anti-bribery laws, industry code requirements, and other compliance mandates.
  • Juris doctor highly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Able to exercise judgment and propose courses of action where precedent may not exist.
  • In-depth understanding of business objectives and how those translate into healthcare
  • compliance priorities to deliver advice and guidance to the business.
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work
  • effectively in a global, matrixed organization with multiple functions, together with a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Experience with systems and structures that facilitate an efficient and effective compliance program.
  • Experience, confidence, resilience and gravitas to work with senior Executives and able to
  • establish rapport with key stakeholders and client.
  • Ability to quickly establish credibility with diverse audiences
  • Managerial experience preferred.
  • Consistently retains a sense of the ‘bigger picture.'
  • International and domestic travel.

Personal Competencies/ Behaviors

  • The ideal candidate will be solutions- and results-orientated. S/he will display personal and professional maturity and have a strong work ethic and personal integrity.
  • Proven leadership skills with an ability to set a vision, inspire, champion change, and drive innovative thinking.
  • Collaborative, team player that leads by example.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills with ability to see the big picture and help to formulate and execute strategy.
  • Excellent influencing, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to network, engage and partner with other functions, both within a country and within broader regional/Global structures, and establish positive relationships.
  • Strong judgment with proven ability to identify to implement solutions.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to execute through others.
  • Proven analytical skills and sound judgment.
  • Culture committed to the same.
  • Consistently demonstrate and adhere to Gilead's Core Values and create and inspire a team.
  • Practical approach to problem-solving.

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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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