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Associate Counsel Corporate Contracts

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Nov 21, 2023

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Associate Counsel Corporate Contracts
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.

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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 is seeking an attorney to join our growing Corporate Contracts Legal Team. We are looking for an attorney with experience in negotiating, reviewing and drafting a variety of contracts to support Gilead's corporate operations. This role will include (i) drafting and negotiating various contracts and other legal documents in support of the Human Resources, Finance, Public Affairs, Government Affairs & Policy and Legal organizations (including the General Counsel's Office) ; (ii) being the primary point of contact on legal contract issues for one or more client groups; and (iii) working closely with the Corporate Contracts Legal team to support other projects and work as needed. The individual must thrive in a high-volume, fast-paced, high-performing and collaborative corporate teaming environment.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

This individual will be responsible for, among other things:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide range of legal documents to support a broad range of client groups within Gilead.
  • Advising client groups on various legal concerns including, intellectual property and data security and privacy issues, identifying and explaining legal and business risks for the business teams, and partnering with the business teams to ensure the efficient resolution of issues.
  • Reviewing contracts, identifying issues, and discussing questions or suggestions with senior attorneys, clients and/or contract specialists.
  • Developing and improving templates and procedures to drive efficiencies in the legal review process.
  • Analyzing non-standard, complex problems based on experience and making recommendations on how to proceed.
  • Timely advising clients and other attorneys on higher risk issues and proposing alternative legal terms and solutions to senior counsel and/or the client for presentation to the client or opposing counsel.
  • Promptly escalating high-risk legal issues to a higher level where appropriate but typically handling most contract legal matters from beginning to end.
  • Demonstrating excellent business judgment and ability to clearly explain contract terms to clients and how they affect the business.
  • Collaborating with members of the legal department, other business partners (procurement, tax, finance, and risk management) and internal client departments.
  • 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:

  • Minimum of 3-4 years of prior experience at a national law firm and/or in-house experience drafting and negotiating a variety of legal contracts and transactional documents, with ability to handle responsibility with a minimum of supervision. Juris Doctorate or equivalent advanced degree from a nationally accredited law school.
  • Admission to the California state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either within 90 days.
  • Solid grasp of contracting concepts and strong skills in drafting, negotiating and interpreting a wide range of commercial and vendor agreements, such as master services agreements, consulting agreements and confidentiality agreements.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to set appropriate priorities with clients and deliver results within the established timelines, including, proactively and independently inquire and take ownership to answer internal client questions even when minimal information, direction, and/or policies are available.
  • Experience using a contract lifecycle management software (e.g., Apttus).
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry in general, including knowledge of regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry preferred, but not required.

The salary range for this position is: $185,895.00 - $240,570.00. 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.

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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