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Director, Data Acquisition - Clinical Data Science

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Feb 2, 2024

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Director, Data Acquisition - Clinical Data Science
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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At Gilead, we're creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we've tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer - working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world's biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

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Every member of Gilead's team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we're looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.
Job Description

Company: Gilead Sciences

Job Title: Director, Data Acquisition - Clinical Data Science

Location: Foster City, CA; Parsippany, NJ; Raleigh, NC; Stockley Park, England; or Dublin, Ireland

Job Type: Full-Time

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer, inflammatory and respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular conditions.

Gilead was founded in 1987 in Foster City, California. Since then, we have grown to become one of the world's largest biopharmaceutical companies, with over 10,000 employees across six continents, and business locations in 38 countries.
Director, Data Acquisition - Clinical Data Science

This role reports to the Head of Gilead data office, RWE Generation, Clinical Data Science and is based at different Gilead sites. This individual has responsibility for acquiring all data across clinical, development, medical affairs function and Gilead affiliates. This individual will work in close collaboration with the Development organization, Commercial, Procurement, Medical Affairs, IT, and other functions at Gilead in implementing data acquisition processes and is expected to operate with a “one Gilead” mindset & play a key role in the global Gilead Data Office set up.

Key Responsibilities:

Operationalize Gilead Data Office, in sync with Enterprise efforts .

  • Own data strategy & acquisition workstreams from end to end which includes but not limited to collaborate with other functional leads to developed and implement a harmonized data acquisition process, data on-boarding, and utilization considerations, acquiring budgets, working with vendor partners for creating long term partnerships as well as running proof of concept analytical projects.
  • Responsible for access and governance of all data asset for the medical and clinical data science team
  • Set up processes for (secondary) data lifecycle management
  • Support operating model and change management considerations for data governance across the enterprise
  • Participate in Data Governance council meetings to address queries and understand upcoming features/data assets.
  • Establish data as an enterprise asset by x-functional partnering & serving as the data steward / expert across the enterprise
  • Lead the interaction with end users to gather business requirements / metrics and communicate value of the data acquired.
  • Drive quarterly / yearly data strategy sessions
  • Develop best-in-class data strategy model for product launches
  • Responsible for all governance conversations and contracting for data partners in collaboration with commercial data strategy
  • Build business cases for new and exploratory data assets
  • Drive analytical proof of concepts for new data assets and establish long term partnerships for successful POCs.
  • Partners with IT, Analytics and other Global RWD stakeholders relevant to the data office and assist in value assessment of data assets
  • Explore new technologies to innovate and help other team members in areas of data investigations, data conflicts, manual data steward queue etc.
  • Work closely with legal and contracting to ensure both commercial and medical use cases are described appropriately

Ensure Data Quality, Privacy and Protection

  • Author, publish & own key data governance policies (e.g. Data Quality, Data Definition, Data Creation), in collaboration with cross functional data governance council
  • Partner with legal and compliance to account for and uphold diverse privacy and compliance requirements across geographies
  • Operationalize technology and process-based protections for data integrity, privacy, and regulatory compliance, including assurances for analysis validity
  • Be abreast of changing regulations relating to pharmaceutical data and ensure compliance with regulations from the systems and data consumption perspective

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and qualitative information to non-technical executives through interpersonal, verbal, and written channels.
  • Understanding/awareness of the Pharmaceutical business model (Product Development, Marketing, Sales, Sales Operations, Marketing Analytics, Medical Affairs, Contracting etc)
  • Excellent influencing and networking skills paired with stakeholder management experience in a multi-layered global environment
  • Experience with Cloud platforms (like AWS) preferred
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to drive large and complex cross-functional projects and sustain them long term.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate demands from multiple internal customers; highly collaborative
  • Ability to recognize and interpret business issues/opportunities and recommend solutions through analysis / proof of concepts.
  • Ability to present complex information in an accurate and persuasive manner to all levels of management.
  • Deep knowledge of pharmaceutical data
  • Availability to travel internationally as required
Minimum Experience
  • Bachelor's degree with 8+ years' experience with extensive knowledge of pharma data and technologies; or 6+ years with MBA/MS with extensive knowledge of pharma data and technologies preferred
  • Previous RWE / Data Strategy and/or Business Technology experience preferred.


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. He/She will have a strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and be willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions in order to move forward. The candidate will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. He/She will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle ‘derailments' with contingency plans and coordination.

Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate evolving priorities for the business, identify market opportunities and adapt short-term plans. This includes the ability to strategically assess customer needs and build/execute specific, segmented strategies to win business across a diverse set of customers. The successful candidate will have passion for, and success in, developing data strategies that have measurable business impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate must be able to influence without ownership, demonstrate competence and confidence, be a good listener, and use fact-based persuasion, passion, and persistence as appropriate to the audience and issue at stake. Gaining the support and involvement of key internal constituencies will be critical to success, as well as influencing important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate must have excellent skills at influencing outcomes and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.

We're an equal opportunity employer.

The salary range for this position is: $221,170.00 - $286,220.00. 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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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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