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Executive Director, Biologics Discovery

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Sep 28, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Executive Director, Biologics Discovery
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

Executive Director, Biologics Discovery

Job Description

The Protein Therapeutics Department in Gilead Research has an exciting opportunity for an inspirational leader experienced in biologics drug discovery and innovation. This position will support all three therapeutic areas (Virology, Oncology, and Inflammation) at Gilead and manage all discovery and engineering efforts from antibody discovery campaign initiation to drug candidate activity and format optimization. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and issued patents. Leadership experience in overseeing biologics projects from target validation to IND and demonstrated ability to develop high-performing teams in an industry setting are crucial attributes of a successful candidate. Gilead Sciences Inc. is a highly matrixed organization. Effective collaboration across multiple function groups is an important attribute of this role.

  • Lead function teams to discover and engineer innovative protein therapeutics including antibodies, multispecifics, and immunocytokines to address unmet medical needs through differentiated mechanisms of action
  • Develop compelling team vision and strategies for sustained innovation, technology platform initiatives, and operational excellence
  • Establish effective protein engineering workflows at scale by leveraging sequence and structure informatics as well as computational protein design
  • Build world-class organizational capacity and capabilities to increase cadence and shorten biologics design, build, and test cycle time
  • Collaborate across functions to enable robust and structured data capture, data analytics, and innovative data sciences to generate novel hypotheses and insights
  • Communicate transparently and timely to key stakeholders to build strong partnership and collaboration experiences
  • Must be driven by science, detail-oriented, and focused on scale, speed, and quality

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in molecular & cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, or related bioscience field with 14+ years of post-graduate industry experience
  • State-of-the-art expertise in designing and building innovative protein therapeutics having the intended mechanisms of action and meeting the target product profile
  • Skilled practitioner in antibody discovery platforms in vivo and in vitro including both immunization and display library-based technologies
  • Hands-on experience in immunogen design, structural biology, multispecifics, immunocytokines, and Fc engineering
  • Working knowledge in biologics expression, purification, functional screening assays, and developability assessments
  • Familiarity with technical reports and IB preparation for IND filing
  • Candidates with project leadership experience with a deep understanding of biologics drug discovery and development processes are highly preferred and will be prioritized

The salary range for this position is: $266,815.00 - $345,290.00. 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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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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