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Head of IT R&D, Sr. Director

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Nov 6, 2023

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Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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Head of IT R&D, Sr. Director
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.

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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At Gilead we believe every employee deserves a great leader. As a people leader now or in the future, we expect that you will model and create an environment of inclusion, be intentionally focused on the hiring, development, growth and retention of talent, and empower teams to align and achieve goals.
Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Office Location: Foster City, CA


You will lead an IT function or a large team of both direct and indirect reports, which involves managing other people leaders and setting the short- and long-range technical strategies, plans, infrastructure development and roadmap for our largest and most complex business groups and/or cross-functional workstreams. You will typically be a standing member of the Leadership Team in the assigned area and may be a standing member of the IT Leadership Team. You will coordinate the activities of the assigned team in the assigned IT area. You will be responsible for the team's results, including staffing, methods, quality, compliance, and costs. You will identify, recommend, forecast, and mange resources to deliver against assigned work, including projects and ongoing support to assigned technologies. You will recruit, on-board, and develop individuals in your team. You will review and recommend business processes and other opportunities to leverage best practices and drive for continuous improvement. You will lead continuous improvement efforts, such as SOPs, business process and other tools that impact and improve IT ways of working. You will play a key role in setting and maintaining the culture within your team and the broader IT organization - a culture of high-performance, data-driven decision-making, value-driven prioritization, quality governance, and compliance.

Specific Responsibilities & Skills

The Head of IT Research & Development will report to the Vice President, Head of IT Business Systems and be responsible for overseeing functions including:
  • Business Partnership: Partner with functional leaders in R&D Business Organization and support their organization's work to accelerate patient access to Gilead medications. Understand the value drivers of the business and ensure deep business engagement so that IT is aware of the functions' strategy and goals to identify new or enhanced capabilities and plan relevant investments in technology solutions and services
  • Strategy: Set the objectives, priorities and goals of the organization and ensure KPI attainment is achieved; Evolve operations, optimizing enablement and build engagement analytics that will demonstrate transparency and foster trust; Integrate cross-functional perspectives (Pre-Clinical, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Patient Safety, Pharmacovigilance, M&A) into strategic assessments and recommendations
  • Management: Oversee R&D IT group including employees and contractors and improve customer and patient experience, improve speed to market, reduce cost per asset and help optimize agency spend across R&D IT
  • Improve Speed to Value: Continue work to invest in cloud-first business architecture, ensuring scalability to meet unanticipated business demand and continuously invest in innovation to incubate new opportunities for differentiated growth
  • Data & Analytics: Develop and implement plans for roadmaps for the information data and process needs of the business areas; Develop customer insights, execute customer profile mastering and authentication, leverage AI/ML to develop advanced insights across R&D capabilities and utilize data inputs to recommend the best action
  • Execute on Current Strategy: Build a scalable, agile foundation and mindset of capabilities, differentiated through intelligence and information, ensure an optimal customer experience, pursue long-term transformation while gaining incremental short-term value and work towards customer engagement optimization leveraging all inputs
  • Leadership: Serve as a leader with a vision for R&D IT, attract and develop top talent, get results, possess a strategic mindset, handles ambiguity and complexity, optimize work processes and drive engagement; Ability to delegate with confidence in outcomes with the highest standard of service to customers

Essential Duties and Job Functions

General responsibilities for this position will include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Plays a leadership role in advising business and IT leaders on future-state industry / domain evolutions and opportunities
  • Oversees and manages or otherwise leads business / user requirements gathering / needs analysis
  • Oversees and manages or otherwise leads analysis for initial business case, resource requirements, categorization, and prioritization
  • Plays a leadership role in assessing and recommending solutions, options and trade-offs of significant investment and potential ROI. Has deep understanding and ownership of assigned budgets
  • Ensures timely and appropriate analysis of current business processes and systems / applications and recommendations for improvement based on business needs and objectives, industry trends and best practices
  • Ensures timely and appropriate design / documentation of business process flows for current and future state
  • Ensures timely and appropriate design / documentation of user requirements and use cases
  • Ensures timely and appropriate requirements and other analysis are provided to development teams for functional requirements definition
  • Where applicable, collaborates on request for proposal submissions and responses, vendor evaluation, contract readiness and other assessments, such as GxP / SOX requirements
  • Often responsible for managing a major segment of the company
  • Co-leads or otherwise participates in design reviews
  • Ensures timely and appropriate development and delivery of test scenario definition
  • Ensures timely and appropriate support for user acceptance testing (UAT), including reviewing UAT test results and collaborating with technical teams on any issue resolution
  • Ensures timely and appropriate support for project roll-out on deployment / project delivery, including implementation requirements, project communications and training end users
  • Leads or otherwise ensures timely and appropriate value affirmation analysis once the project is operational
  • Oversees and guides enhancements, defect analysis and recommendations for resolution
  • Where applicable, manages vendor deliverables associated with own work
  • Trains and mentors less experienced colleagues
  • May represent Gilead in external professional forums / associations
  • Ensures assigned work complies with established practices, policies, and processes and any regulatory or other requirements
  • Experience in relevant platforms include, but not limited to: Argus GS3, ChemOffice, DEEP, Dotmatics, Egnyte, ELN, eTMF, Forecyt-iQue, Label Change Tracker GS2, LIMS, MedDocs, Mi-Q, Vault RIM Submission, WinNonLin
  • Leads or otherwise participates in special projects that can advance capabilities, ways of working, and other continuous improvements
  • Ensures team and assigned work comply with established practices, policies, and processes and any regulatory or other requirements

Basic Qualifications
  • 18+ years' relevant experience with High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 16+ years' relevant experience with AA
  • 14+ years' relevant experience with BS / BA
  • 12+ years' relevant experience with MS / MA / MBA
  • Computer Science or related discipline is preferred
  • Extensive IT experience in a corporate or other relevant business environment
  • Extensive experience supporting IT business systems analysis, planning, budgeting and coordination of IT resources to support business needs, including business process mapping, solution testing and user training
  • Extensive experience leading large and complex IT projects for one or more business functions, with a focus on Agile. Typically has experience leading a portfolio of IT projects and/or projects for enterprise solutions
  • Extensive experience supporting IT integrations and cloud transformations in a corporate or other relevant business environment
  • Significant experience and proven effectiveness contributing expert input into longer-range IT and business strategies and roadmaps for relevant area / domain
  • Significant experience managing IT consultants and vendors and overseeing, coaching and guiding the work of less experienced colleagues
  • May be third level manager
  • Typically has experience providing input and direction on large-scale IT or related investments and budgets
  • Track record of participation and thought leadership in external forums / associations or other entities that influence the direction of domain of expertise
  • IT experience in support of business areas in life sciences is preferred

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiar with many technologies and understands their capabilities and limitations
  • Expert-level of knowledge of IT business systems analysis principles, practices, standards, methods and tools across the spectrum of end-to-end solution design, and the latest trends and evolutions in own domain, as evidenced by proven track record in leading a portfolio of large-scale and highly complex projects
  • Advanced business and financial acumen and able to apply this to strategically evaluate business, economic and technical trade-offs of possible solutions and options for both the short- and longer-range
  • In-depth knowledge of dynamics and evolutions in own domain and is able to use this to develop domain expertise for less experienced colleagues
  • Develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards
  • Knowledge of best practices in IT or related project management, continuous improvements and change management
  • Thorough knowledge of Agile and proven abilities to apply these to support IT solutions to meet business needs and objectives
  • Thorough knowledge of SDLC and SLC relevant to business functions and their business and technology needs, including knowledge of the multiple IT functions involved
  • Thorough knowledge of key programming languages and requirements relevant to assigned domain
  • Knowledge of cloud computing, e.g., AWS, and migration requirements
  • Knowledge of IT security, quality and risk management requirements relevant to assigned domain
  • Strong working knowledge of installed technologies, with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems on existing technologies
  • Understands how to leverage technical architecture to create optimal business solutions
  • Understands UX principles, practices and techniques and is able to apply to IT solutions to ensure a good user experience
  • Understands future trends in IT
  • Knowledge of or aptitude to learn regulatory requirements relevant to the biopharma industry
  • In-depth knowledge of all IT functions and services is preferred
  • Strong communication and organizational skills. Demonstrable abilities to effectively communicate project direction and status to varying organizational levels, including leadership teams, executives, and steering committees
  • Demonstrated excellence in complex project management and effectively managing multiple projects and priorities
  • Strong leadership presence with demonstrated ability to lead without authority and influence programs, projects and/or initiatives
  • Serves as prime consultant and external spokesperson for the organization on highly significant matters relations to policies, programs, capabilities, and long-range goals and objectives
  • Develops solutions to problems of unusual complexity which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness
  • Generally, accomplishes results through lower management levels
  • When needed, ability to travel

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: $230,860.00 - $298,760.00. 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.

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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.

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  • Company

    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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    333 Lakeside Drive
    Foster City
    United States

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