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Director, Patient Safety, Oncology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Nov 28, 2023

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Director, Patient Safety, Oncology
United States - California - Foster CityUnited States - New Jersey - Parsippany

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

You will develop and ensure that strategic medical input relative to safety is incorporated into product development and lifecycle management as well as perform other advanced Patient Safety Oncology activities for one or more products in the assigned subtherapeutic area.

You will provide strategic input into cross-functional drug development planning and execution across the product lifecycle, from discovery to postmarketing. You will ensure that signal detection, development of benefit-risk evaluation reports, risk management plans, risk minimization activities, and aggregate safety reports are performed in a timely and quality manner. You will also provide input on behalf of Patient Safety Oncology into study-related activities and documentation, regulatory submissions, responses to regulatory agency inquiries, pharmacovigilance (PV) processes and projects, and PV or other audits and inspections. You may be assigned responsibilities as the Global Safety Lead (GSL); acting as the expert, go-to person regarding the safety profile of a product/compound or group of products/compounds. You will play a lead role within Patient Safety Oncology by contributing to the ongoing and continuous improvement and advancing capabilities of the function.

Position will be filled at the Associate Director or Director level, based on the experience of the identified candidate.

  • Accountable for the successful oversight and completion of a broad spectrum of Patient Safety Oncology activities and deliverables for one or more products, compounds or indications as assigned, in compliance with established practices, policies, processes, and any regulatory or other requirements.
  • Advises other functions on short- and long-range Patient Safety Oncology strategies, plans, resources and tactics.
  • Performs or otherwise oversees safety reviews of clinical trial protocols, clinical study reports, informed consent forms, and other study related documents.
  • Provides medical input on the PV activities for products within the assigned TA.
  • Contributes to and/or oversees the preparation of aggregate safety reports and risk management plans (RMPs).
  • Conducts and/or oversees signal detection and evaluation activities for assigned products as part of the continuous benefit-risk evaluation throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Supports implementation of decisions from the signal evaluation process, including updates to core safety information, Investigator's Brochure and other key safety documents and deliverables.
  • Contributes to and/or oversees Patient Safety Oncology activities and input related to regulatory filings (e.g., Marketing Authorisation Applications [MAAs], New Drug Applications [NDAs], Biologics License Applications [BLAs]), and responses to safety queries from third parties, such as regulatory agencies.
  • Participates on Global Patient Safety (GLPS) and cross-functional teams, including leadership of special projects, participation in continuous improvement and optimization initiatives, and Patient Safety Oncology functional area support in PV audits and inspections.
  • May serve as medical monitor for post-authorization safety studies.
  • Provides matrix management and leadership to project teams.
  • Ensures own work complies with established practices, policies and processes, and any regulatory or other requirements.


We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. Please see the following for the qualifications and skills we seek for this role.

U.S. Education & Experience
  • MD/DO degree or equivalent with 4+ years' relevant experience.
  • Completion of an accredited medical or surgical residency program.
  • Board certification is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in drug safety signal detection, benefit-risk evaluation and authoring drug safety risk management plans and aggregate safety reports is preferred.

Rest of World Education & Experience

MD / DO or equivalent with completion of an accredited medical or surgical residency program. Board certification is strongly preferred. Experience working in drug safety / PV or a related field in the biopharma industry, clinical research, health administration, health policy, epidemiology, or academic or subspeciality medicine.

Knowledge & Other Requirements
  • Proven abilities to assume increasing scope and complexity, as evidenced by past successes with team and project leadership, strategic cross-functional partnering, and key contributions to strategy, operational and infrastructure development.
  • Strong leadership presence with demonstrated ability to lead without authority and influence programs, projects and/or initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and understanding of team dynamics.
  • 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.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong coaching capabilities to mentor/develop staff.
  • When needed, ability to travel.

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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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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