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Sr. Director IT PDM Supply Chain, Logistics, PLM Global Capability Lead - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Nov 29, 2023

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Sr. Director IT PDM Supply Chain, Logistics, PLM Global Capability Lead - Foster City
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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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


Gilead's Information Technology (IT) organization supports Gilead business strategies and operations by taking the lead on design, delivery, monitoring and maintenance of end-to-end technology solutions to enable more efficient business operations and faster, more effective achievement of business strategies and goals. All IT functions work closely with business leads and other internal and external partners to develop and maintain in-depth understanding of business needs and objectives in both business and technology realms. IT leaders play a critical role in defining short- and long-range technical strategies to support business needs and coordinating, leading, and managing IT teams to deliver and maintain technology solutions. IT leaders and their teams stay abreast of dynamics and evolutions in their areas of expertise to proactively recommend future solutions or other opportunities to the business.

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 Senior Director PDM IT - Supply Chain will report to the Head of PDM IT and be responsible for overseeing functions including:
  • Business Partnership: Partner with functional leaders in Biologics, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing to deliver new and improved products. Understand the value drivers of the business and ensure IT solutions enable profitable commercial opportunities to grow revenue and market share
  • Strategy: Contribute towards the objectives, priorities and goals of the organization and ensure KPI attainment is achieved; Implement marketing automation, evolve operations, optimize field enablement, and build engagement analytics
  • Management: Oversee PDM Supply Chain IT group including employees and contractors and improve customer and patient experience, improve speed to market, reduce cost per asset and campaign and help optimize agency spend across Marketing
  • 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 cross-channel customer insights, execute customer profile mastering and authentication, leverage AI/ML to develop advanced insights across channels 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 PDM customer experience, pursue long-term transformation while gaining incremental short-term value and work towards filed and medical customer engagement optimization leveraging inputs

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
  • Routinely consults with IT and business executives to help envision future direction and prioritize investment and other key strategic business decisions
  • Leads IT initiatives and existing operations in the assigned business area and/or other IT workstreams
  • Typically acts a standing member of the Leadership Team within the assigned area with additional responsibilities for developing the area's short- and long-range strategies, infrastructure and capabilities
  • May be a standing member of the overall IT Leadership Team
  • When applicable, acts as global lead on large-scale, complex IT projects
  • Sets the short- and longer-range technical strategy, objectives, and work plans for assigned area
  • Identifies and recommends team, budget, and other resources to enable achievement of short- and long-range objectives and plans
  • Leads and manages a team of direct reports and may manage other people leaders. Hires, develops, and retains diverse top talent in the team. Sets clear and elevating goals for the team and individuals direct reports
  • Coaches direct reports on their performance, development and career interests
  • Where applicable, manages vendor deliverables associated with own area
  • Expert experience in relevant platforms (Kinaxis, Rapid Response, IQS, Siemens BMS, Oracle EBS, Appian, PCS, LIMS), as well as other PDM Supply Chain and PLM industry systems
  • 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


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.

Minimum Education & Experience
  • 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 leading IT or related teams as a formal people manager
  • Extensive experience leading IT projects of varying size and complexity for one or more business functions, with a focus on Agile.
  • Ideally, experience leading a portfolio of IT projects and/or projects for enterprise solutions
  • Significant experience and proven effectiveness contributing expert input into longer-range IT and business strategies and roadmaps for relevant area / domain
  • Ideally, experience providing input and direction on large-scale IT or related investments and budgets
  • Significant experience managing IT consultants and vendors
  • Extensive experience supporting IT integrations and cloud transformations in a corporate or other relevant business environment
  • 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
  • Experience in GMP and non-GMP methodologies
  • Broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies, technology directions and strategic application to business needs including the ability to differentiate between a relevant trend and hype
  • Thorough knowledge of Agile and proven abilities to apply Agile methodologies to create IT solutions to meet business needs and objectives
  • Experience in business/industry (beyond IT), managing cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders
  • Build Data and Analytics Foundation and implement PDM Supply Chain Capability Quick Wins and foundations for better customer insights

Knowledge & Other Requirements
  • 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
  • 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 IT security, quality and risk management requirements relevant to assigned domain
  • 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
  • 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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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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